I've been without net access for 41 days now. But tonight I have finally reconnected!
I've been having a hell of a time with this damn thing. I lost connections, and couldn't get it back. So I called my ISP tech support. The first time, they tell me it's my modem. So I buy a new modem--no go. The next guy tells me it's my network card, so I buy and install a new one. Again, no go. I've already traded out all the cables, pulled my VOIP phone out of the system, etc. Still no go. The thrid tech support guy tells me it's something with my BIOS, and thus outside of their tech support parameters.
Basically, being the stubborn hack I am, I created a software ugly stick, and waded in banging on things. I believe in percussive maintenance. After I beat the hell out of a few programs (mostly the damn Windows OS) I just tonight got the damn thing working again. Probably because I just intimidated the hell out of the CPU. What the hell--it worked. Like I said, I am a believer in percussive maintenance.
If it don't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed fixed anyway. Give it a sound thrashing, shout, shout, and shout some more. If hitting it with a hammer doesn't work, get a bigger hammer.