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I dont know what it is, but when i load up steam and start a game, it kills my internet. Theres no notice of it anywhere only that server will sometimes populate, but i cannot join as it states " The server is not responding ". Ive opened all the ports i need to on my router. The funny thing is that, when i quit steam and try to surf the web, it wont work for about 2-4 minutes, then it works as if nothing ever happen. Im running WinXP Pro SP3.
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Might there be other Steam games updating when you try to load one? I've had issues in the past with an update completely hogging my bandwidth - granted I was on a crappy wireless signal, but still brought everything to a standstil until I closed the entire Steam application.
     
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Are you using a wireless network or wired? Half of my steam problems are only because of wireless. Also, is it on every game with steam or just one specific one?
    
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I have the exact same problem. I think my router may be to blame, but it only happens consecutively for a few days, stops for another few days to weeks, then starts messes up all over again.
    
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post #5 of 13
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Im running wired. I have Comcast Cable 10/1 service. I never had an issue with it before. Once i loaded up WinXP, problems occur!
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Well normally I'd say its Comcast (unsatisfied customer who FIOS rejects ) but xp you say? are you all up to date with windows update?
    
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post #7 of 13
The router/modem might have a small NAT table. When it says server not responding; just wait two minutes and it will connect you and your internet will go back to normal.
    
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Steam does this. When Steam starts looking for servers (or for some reason, just when it starts a game), it basically floods your router with requests. The router either fills the NAT table like redsox said or just runs out of memory and freaks out. Try turning off UPnP on your router or finding a setting that cleans up unused UPnP connections.
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post #9 of 13
I have the same problem too and yes its your router. Whats happening is when steam searchs for servers it finds like thousands of them and when it gets to your router your router freaks out and shuts down for like 2min then automatically comes back on ("flooding" is the technical term). One way to prevent this is watch the server refresh list and hit stop refresh before it gets to like 1000 servers or you can go and by a router that supports more than 1000 requests.

I use a linksys WRT54G to play cs:s. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...010&Tpk=WRT54G
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post #10 of 13
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I wont be buying a new router anytime soon, thats for sure. The thing is, i never had an issue with this before...now all of a sudden it became a problem. How odd.
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