but I don't know the reasons for choosing this mobo.
I personally would go with a P35/P45 with ICH9® or ICH10® (ICH7 is pretty dated)
® - if you want a RAID system
Also this GIGABYTE vs ASUS power saving shit is pure marketing bullshit ... actually those motherboard suck more energy then e.g. MSI board with some clever power saving strategy ...
I say that, because I fell for the ASUS advertising and later discovered, that its complete bullshit
costs roughly the same, but has all the latest technology
I don't know why they do not show up ... but chances are 99% that that is your problem ... anyway you can't do anything wrong with the tool from lvllord
it works 100% even with the most recent version / patches of windows xp and you can revert the changes at any time by simply backing up the TCPIP.SYS file (done by the tool anyway) .... so I would just try it out
its pretty simple problem ... with SP2 MS introduced a feature that limits the number of half open connections on a machine
half open = connections that are being opened
since Fx and other stuff opens many connections at once (pipelining) it can happen rather quickly, that the limit of 10 is reached, especially if you are using multiple applications at once, or even a file sharing app ... which opens massive amounts of connections.
get this tool and set the limit to e.g. 35
the problems should immediatly disappear ...
If you want to verify that ... right click "My computer" --> manage --> Events --> system and search for event number 4226 ... which is the too many half open connections notifier