Sorry to clog up the boards with another computer question but my Googling turns up thousands of sites, most of which deal with Linux. The Dope Search turns up lots of answers, but none for my question.
Anyway, here’s the deal: I switched over to Mozilla Firefox as my web browser a few days ago. I’m using it on a Win XP system (SP 1) with a DSL connection. Things work great, tabbed browsing is awesome, etc.
The computer itself is a desktop that does not go into sleep mode; only the monitor does. However, when I leave the computer for a while (say more than five hours) and come back Firefox can’t seem to find my internet connection. This happens whether Firefox was left open or if I closed it. In both cases after a certain period of inactivity the connection becomes “invisible”, and I get the “Resolving host…” message for a while, until the “The site could not be found” message.
The weird thing is, this affects every program that I normally use for internet access. Once this happens Internet Explorer, Outlook, Outlook Express, etc…none of them can find the connection.
This started happening only after I installed Firefox, and the only solution I have found is to restart the computer.
Has anyone experienced this problem before? Is there a fix, or is it simply the “price” (heh) of using beta software?