System kills my router/network
Here's the gist of my problem: every time my Linux box is on, it randomly and repeatedly kills my router.
Here's the details: I installed Mandriva 2006 on an old PIII 733 so I could learn Linux. I got the network working (dynamic DHCP wired connection to my router, and from thence to the internet), and I installed Samba. Since I'm able to use my WinXP box to copy files from my Linux box, I'm assuming Samba is working (a big assumption, I know). I can browse the internet without problems, and software such as Azureus worked once I opened the port on the firewall. I used to have ports open on the router as well, but since this problem started I simply set the DMZ on my router to let my Linux box straight through. It didn't help.
Every time the Linux machine boots up, it kills the router. Additionally, it kills it randomly thereafter. I don't even have to be using it; the router simply freezes and has to be power cycled. Naturally, my WinXP boxes lose the connection as well. I can't give any technical details about my machine since I don't know Linux well enough to know what to give you, but if you ask me for something (aside from root access (: ) I'll be happy to oblige.
Sometimes I can have Azureus running all night without problems, othertimes I can't keep my router up for more than a few minutes. If the Linux box is off I don't have any problems at all, and running bandwidth-intensive software on my WinXP machines causes no problems either. I have no IP conflicts and the router itself (an SMC) is in fine shape.
Is Samba screwing with my network? Do I have an insane amount of spyware on my Linux box that's causing this? (Does spyware even exist for Linux machines?) I'd really appreciate anyone who could help. Just tell me what info you need to make a diagnosis.
I'm going away for the weekend, but I'll check back when I return.