For the past month, data seems to stop for a while, while I'm using the internet. When browsing, windows partially load, then stall and then continue loading after 30 sec or a minute. Depending on the page content, it may never finish. I cannot seem to get streaming video to finish loading at all. Sites like TVguide channel load the ads first and may take ten minutes to finish. I use firefox for the most part but explorer acts the same way. Mail (using Eudora) coming to me with an attachment just sits for a time and finally flashes through to finish. I am on cable and testing in the past has always been high in speed. When the data transfer is working, it is still fast but it is these pauses with 0 transfer going on that makes it real frustrating.
Checked with my ISP and they confirmed that the signal is OK. Am using netgear router feeding an older win98 laptop and the data speed on the laptop is still OK. They suggested I uninstall my virus checker and firewall to test for problems there. I did both, one at a time (no difference,found), reinstalled. This computer is ECS MB, Pentium IV, 2.4, 1g ddr ram. I have been reading the posts here for WinXP, Hardware, and Security for weeks and have found nothing like my symptoms. I don't know what to try next.