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Open control panel
Open Network neighborhood
Look for the first entry in the scroll box marked TCP/IP -> , that is associated with the hardware Ethernet card (ignore dialup, and VPN type bindings).
Select "TCP/IP-> Name of NIC
Select it and press properties
Select IP address from the tab
Is Obtain IP address automatically checked? If so, change that to Specify an IP address and enter 192.168.1.10, and 255.255.255.0, into IP address and subnet mask fields respectively.
Click OK and OK, and the computer will build a driver information database and will require a reboot for the changes to take effect.
This assignment of a harmless local IP address to the TCP/IP settings bound (connected) to your network adapter will stop the in-built DHCP services from waking up every 10 minutes to look for a DHCP server so that it can "fill in the blanks". This should solve the freezing problem.
FAQ by kadar
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