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Constantly freezes up, what happens is the data light goes to a solid green instead of blinking, then I reboot and everything is fine. I notice it freezes more though when downlaoding or trying to get pictures, I just changed out the router, no change, I'm wondering if this older modem needs a driver update or should I replace it? It is about 8 years old I think, this machine is a pc, about 8 years old too, thanks! Tim

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Have you tried bypassing the router and hook the computer directly to the modem using an ethernet cable? If you have done this and it still has the same symptoms...you need to ask for a replacement from your internet service provider.

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