Krish, we’ve had problems with our cable modem on occasion as well. It was very easy to get angry and reconsider a dial-up, until I realized that it’s still a fairly new technology…they’re still working on it, expanding it, etc.
There are a couple of tricks I picked up from @home’s CSRs. They’re a pain in the ass, but anyway… The least painless is to right-click on Network Neighborhood and choose Properties>TCP/IP->@home USB-ethernet adapter and make sure that “Obtain and IP address automatically” is selected. Then go to the WINS configuration tab and select “Use DHCP for WINS resolution”. After you click OK, restart and try to connect again. More often than not, that works just fine. If you still have trouble, (this is the really annoying one):
Shut down the computer. Disconnect your ethernet adapter. Restart the computer. As soon as it gets done grunting and whirring, shut it down again. Reconnect the adapter. Restart the computer. Try to connect. If that fails, you have two options:
You can remain calm, chalk it up to bad timing and curl up with a book.
You can disconnect the modem entirely, take it outside, and see how well it takes a beating. I recommend an anvil, but not everyone has one of those. Your everyday, garden-variety sledgehammer oughta do the trick.
“…all the prettiest girls live in Des Moines…”
–Jack Kerouac, On the Road