O.k., I'm back. This time though I discovered it's not the internet but IE7; absolutely can not make a connection to a web page but I can send and receive e-mails while this is going on. This time it was no different than before; I'm browsing through numerous web sites with no problems and excellent speed when the damn thing just quits loading new pages or refuses to connect to any links. Task Manager shows two instances of iexplorer which don't seem to be running as there is no cpu use, I am unable to end the process for those two, yet when I start a new instance of IE7 which still won't connect but at least I can end the process for it. It's like the last two links I hit and which would not open are stuck in task manager. There is no network activity of any kind and the only activity shown besides in services are task manager and system idle process; cpu usage is 2%. This can happen anytime and from any web page. I have not done it yet but restarting my system will cure the problem but I'll probably will sit and wait 5 or more minutes just for the restart/shutdown process to begin; boot up is less than a minute and every thing's back to normal until next time. Comments other than a 'switch to firefox' are welcome.