I have a cable broadband connection, with a very large band width (8 MB). This week end (since Friday afternoon), I have been suffering lots of drop outs to my connection, when listening to radio streaming (re-buffering), When this happens the CPU usage goes up from its normal 1-4% to about 50% and the HD is working overtime. Also since it started, its become impossible to run more than one internet program/connection at a time without the connection dropping altogether, yesterday it got so slow to connect that I just gave up and switched off altogether. My PC is completely clean, and the only thing running in the background are the start up programs I have had running for months now without problem. Before I get onto the cable company tomorrow and complain, could this be anything else except a problem at their end? XP home, Browser Fire Fox.
I take it you have been in Taskmanager,Applications to make sure there are no other programs running that should not be,You are running Firefox,Could you try another Browser see if you have the same problem,There was a problem with Firefox and messenger but that was a couple of months ago,Not seen any problems with it lately,
How old is your modem? I had a similar problem about 6 months ago and it turned out to be that I still had an original modem that was about 5-6 years old and it wasn't capable of sustaining the new high speed connection. A new modem fixed the problem.