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Old 03-14-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default Weird hardware/router problem?

Pate has recently got a new laptop which runs Vista, and he has a really odd problem in picking up email and accessing certain servers on my web host's network (for 2 days now). Superficially, it looks like a routing glitch, as a tracert times out after 18 hops to the affected sites.

So I fired up my (XP) laptop and can see the sites fine; the tracert is different after the first few hops and doesn't time out.

As we are both on the same LAN and the router does NAT: how can the outside world tell that it needs to follow a different route for the two machines? The tracerts are reproducible over time, so it isn't just transient changes.

[Edit]: the other difference is that one machine (XP) is in a domain and the other (Vista) isn't, but they both use the same router.

I'm going to have some wine now before I pull all my hair out! See you tomorrow.

Last edited by LoisWakeman; 03-15-2007 at 01:03 AM. Reason: extra info
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