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Duplex settings mean the speeds at wich your network cards communicate with one another. This is on a hardware level.
Some cards are 10mbit, some 10 mbit full duplex(wich actually means that itīs pumping data TO you as fast as itīs sending it FROM you - so full speed bidirectional traffic). Many cards just say they are 100mbit, and say nothing about the full duplex part.
So what you will have to do is check out your router settings and card settings, put everything on īauto-negotiateī and bobīs your uncle.
The full duplex uses all 8 wires (as far as I know). Older connection types use the four in the middle. If the one pair of four is connected correct, and the other pair is missing one or two connections, it could quite well produce a problem like yours. I'm only not sure if the autonegotiate would not pick up on that...
The fact that your cable is crossover is quite funny... Normally you would not be able to connect anything. There are some routers that can sense the kind of cable and ignore the type, but I've only seen that on professional routers (ie, the really expensive ones).
Anyway, try a new cable (preferrably a straight one), it could solve the problem really quick, especially if all duplex settings are correct.
I did actually fix the problem the other day.
I was all out of ideas as to what it could be and I was trying random things in a vain hope of getting it working.
One thing I tried was to install a NIC on my Linux box instead of using the on board motherboard NIC.
Low and behold this cured the problem.
I can only assume that the on board motherboard NIC must have been faulty in some way.