IPX Excessive Retransmissions
Because IPX is a connectionless protocol, higher level protocols (in most installations, SPX) handles acknowledge and retransmission issues. IPX retransmissions occur for a number of reasons, including the sending station did not receive an acknowledgment, the packet was lost, dropped or otherwise missing. The event is displayed when the percentage of retransmitted packets (by application and address pair) is above the critical value set in the Expert Thresholds. This value is the sum of all identified events in the IPX Events display.
Possible reasons for the event:
The receiving station was too busy to respond to the sending station.
Network traffic load was so high the original packet was lost, or the ACK was never received due to the high utilization.
A router dropped the packet, or was unable to forward the packet. This could be because the router is too busy, or is malfunctioning.
Bad cabling or a failing switch/hub is causing an intermittent network failure.