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Ok, I should have called Comcast today, but I didn't. I will call them tomorrow (assuming they are open). Here is my problem. I haven't been able to get online since Thursday with the exception of a couple of times Friday night and a couple of times tonight for about 10-15 minutes each.

Any idea what the hell is going on? Could the problem be too many users hooked up to this cable line? I would like some ammo for when I call Comcast because the first thing they will tell me to do is reset my modem (unplug it for 15 seconds) which I have done a number of times already. I even shut down my computer for a few hours and still nothing. I'm thinking maybe they have to reset my modem on the network. They may try to tell me that my OS is to blame, which I can't believe it is since I've just now started to have problems (other than when I first got this service).

Thanks in advance.

FYI: I've had this service for a few months now and this is the first time I've had this problem. This is another reason why I can't believe the OS is to blame.
 

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Gee, it would sure help if one of us Intrepid owners worked for a cable internet provided, and that their job was troubleshooting customer's computesr/cable modems all day. Yup, that sure would help you a lo oh hey, thats what I do :)

First off, 15 seconds isn't enough, Try unplugging the power from the cable modem, restarting the computer, then plugging the power back into the cable modem once the os is done loading on the desktop.

Which O.S. and cable modem make and model do you have?

That, and which kind of hub/router do you have, how many computers, and does it work while straight connected while bypassing any firewall software, and the hub?

Let me know, and I can help you resolve the issue :)

Your local cable internet tech support guru. =)
 

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And depending on the os that you have, try release/renewing your ip address, if that doesn't work, or comes up with an ip starting with 169.254.xxx.xxx etc then re-install your tcp/ip.

If that doesnt work, its slightly possible its a problem on their end.
Additionally, let them do the troubleshooting also, they have to record all this stuff and follow standard procedure :)

Honestly you'll get your **** faster if you honestly listen, just act like a decent guy about it, and listen to the tech's suggestions, I know I certainly dont work fast for customers that try and rush me, I purposely slow down :)

Uhh, can you repeat that sir/mam? what? ahh ok umm (brain freezes because customer is acting retarded, thus I can't think)

If that doesnt all work, good luck!! hehehe

p.s., I used to sit beside comcast employees , well across a row of cubicles anyways :)
 

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ok, I dont know about Comcast, but I will telly you this, I have had more than I wish to deal with from AT&T. To summarize in one statement, their Customer Support sucks! They give you some tech who doesn't speak english clearly, and that tries to blame everything on you. I can't understand what the tech is trying to say in non technical terms, how am I going to understand what the hell they are saying in technical terms, then, they are going to tell me I need a new graphics card so that my internet will work, and I was like, oh, forget it, and low and behold, I clicked here and there, and fixed it my damn self, don't need to listen to some dumbass who can't annunciate the words, let alone understand what they mean. Whew! let off some steam there, anyways, to help you, tell me what OS you have and I might be able to help you
 

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I know what you mean... I had a lot of problems with Verizon DSL. Initially they couldn't get me setup and finally claimed that my network card wasn't supported. Well I ended up getting it to work on my own... and then had nothing but problems with them.

In one year with them I had 1 month with no connection at all and 2 months where my fastest download speed was 100Kbps and upload at 20kbps.

When I would call tech support I would have to wait 30min to get through then get walked through TCP/IP settings... Then they would tell me about some network wide problem and to call back if it didn't start working the next day. Everytime I would have to call and call and call until they would finally escalate the problem to the non-moron level of their tech support. The best one was I went on vacation ... it worked when I left... when I came home it didn't work. I told them that and they are still walking me through TCP/IP setting as if a ****ing gremlin snuck into my apartment while I was away and changed the settings... Verizon DSL sucks!

now I have a cable modem and sometimes it is slow like at night... that's because there are a lot of users but I can always get on.

I vote for the problem being on their end... do any of your neighbors have cable modems... are they having problems?
 

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Warlord...I have comcast... I feel your pain... :(

Your problem is rather simple, besides what the guys above have told you. Your problem...Comcast. Comcast is the next AOL, conflicts-wise. Check your signal strength. I was without cable modem for a month also because the wires installed by them decayed and couldn't give enough signal. So I agree with alderran, whatever the problem is, it's on their side.

Comcast has an okay customer service atleast, but when they offer to send a tech to your house, forget it, get a Road Runner cable modem. Those techs are ALWAYS 2 hours late, take about 3 hours to figure out the problem and 1 more to troubleshoot the problem. The tech they sent to my house didn't even show up the day he was supposed too. He stopped by 2 days later and still 2 hours late.

At the moment, my cable service is going extremely slow, took me about a minute to load the "Post Reply" screen.

When I first got Comcast (Which was @Home), it was worth the money 110%. Highest download to date (From Microsoft.com): 860kb/s!! I kid you not!! Highest upload (Uploading to 3-5 people through an FTP protocal): 128kb/s! I guess that was the cap back then. This was 2 years ago.

When @Home changed their policy from yearly payments are no longer to monthly only, they never billed me. They were giving me service and didn't bill me for the year that they switched so I got 15-17 months (lost count) free of charge until my mom called to cancel HBO, they cought us. It wasn't her fault. I forgive her. hehe, they didn't charge us for the months unpaid for either.
 

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I know how to pronounce/anunciate my english properly, being born and raised an english speaking human being in Canada. And no I don't have any heavy slang with some weird accent, and no I do not say eh, much :)

Most customers from the U.s. don't pick up on my accent at all, only those with friends and or relatives from Canada from where im from do :)
 

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EvilDeadFan said:

First off, 15 seconds isn't enough, Try unplugging the power from the cable modem, restarting the computer, then plugging the power back into the cable modem once the os is done loading on the desktop.
I will try that.


Which O.S. and cable modem make and model do you have?
Win98SE & Toshiba PCX2200


That, and which kind of hub/router do you have, how many computers, and does it work while straight connected while bypassing any firewall software, and the hub?
No hub/router. Just a single computer. I have Norton Personal Firewall and before this weekend it worked either with it enabled or disabled. I will try disabling it today to see if that might now make a difference.

Thanks for everyone's help.

The thing is that I've had this service for about 2-3 months now. Before this past weekend I had no problems at all. Since I haven't changed anything I have a hard time believing it's my OS or cable modem.

I'm wondering if they added too many users and their lines can't handle it. I will call them after work today and see what they say.
 

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No Doot aboot it, eh?
 

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Update:

I tried the suggestions with no luck. I called Comcast and she had me do a bunch of things and she did a bunch of things to no avial. Her thinking (as was mine from the start) was that a line may be bad. So I have a tech coming over. The downside is that the tech won't be coming over until Monday. So I will have to go a whole week with virtually no internet access. I have to call billing to get my internet bill credited for the down time.

Another reason to think it is a line problem is that channel 2 and channel 4 of my cable TV is messed up.
 

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last time my internet went down the tech discovered that they had disconnected me when they were on the pole hooking up new features for my neighbor

I called very pissed off that I had to wait two days for a repair that was entirely their fault, to say the least they credited me for a whole month of cable and internet for my hassle, not just the internet downtime
 

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I'd try lowering all fireall settings, then disable it.
then power cycle your cable modem (unplug it, restart the computer, once computer has loaded to the desktop, plug the power for the cable modem back in.

If that doesnt work, wait for the service technician, ass :) lol :)
 

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EvilDeadFan said:
Complaining to big companies with someone on the actual phone does get you somewhere :)
it does if you follow the right approach, never get on the phone demanding they give you a credit for screwing you, this wont work

explain politely what happened and they will generally apologize and ask if there is anything they can do for you, this is where you suggest the goodwill credit for your trouble
 

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EvilDeadFan said:
I'd try lowering all fireall settings, then disable it.
I disabled the firewall when I called. :)


then power cycle your cable modem (unplug it, restart the computer, once computer has loaded to the desktop, plug the power for the cable modem back in.
That is one of the many things she had me try. :)


If that doesnt work, wait for the service technician, ass :) lol :)
No other choice but to wait. :)

I was polite about it and she was very nice. Hopefully it won't take long to fix once the problem has been identified. Too bad I have to wait a whole week before I find out.
 

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Ohhhh, but what im saying is that you should go into your firewall settings, and lower all the settings fully, then disable it.
I know certain firewalls like Zone Alarm, being #1 doesn't really disable the odd time. I've been successful with it before, and hey, it could get you online :)
 

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Chances are it is a SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) problem. On most cable modems you can access a diagnostic screen from a web browser and view what the current SNR level is. It is the IP for the cable modem. Usually some strange address.

With one cable modem provider I had, I found that I was losing packets erratically sometimes, and othertimes my modem could barely get a signal lock. It turns out that it was a poor signal to noise ratio on the node that I was on.

They basically said "Yeah, we've been having problems with that node............. too bad". It was a couple months before it was really repaired.

Some providers aren't very good about maintaining their network.... in part because it was built for analog cable.... Not for digital or broadband usage.
 
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