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By Jonas G ·
I'm having response time issues with this. I typically wait more than 20 seconds for a page refresh, or to get a trend line to draw in my charting program (Windows on Wall St). The line will appear 15-20 seconds after i 'draw' it. I have a 300m Pentium II with 160m RAM and 4mb Matrox millenium video card. 56K modem using AT&T Worldnet. I just switched to a cable modem but it doesn't seem to have affected the speed much. Any suggestions on what the bottleneck(s) could be?

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by plg6 In reply to Day Trading on Home PC

Good day.

Moving up to a larger-memory video card will help, as well as if you can go to an AGP card vs simply another larger (more onboard memory) PCI card.

Also, how many other programs are running at the same time? The fewer the better.

If you can determine where your program is getting the data feed from, i.e. the domain or IP address, then you can do a command-prompt traceroute command,

c:>tracert www.yahoo.com
or c:>tracert 192.168.0.22 (using the actual IP #'s of course).
for example.

Note the times at each 'hop' of the connection between you and the server. If the time is very high at one or more points -those are then points of net congestion that you can't do much about.

You mentioned having both a cable anddialup modem. I assume this also means different ISP's - try the tracert with both connections and see if there's a difference.

Keep in mind that as a day trader you're competing with a lot of other people for the same server connections at the same time - as well as using the net when it is at the most busy levels. It could well be that your data supplier needs to add more server capacity at their end. The tracerts should help find the congestion points - if they're the end point - that points to their servers directly.

Good luck.

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by aronya1 In reply to Day Trading on Home PC

My money says it's your video card. 4 megs is very limited. You don't say if the rest of your Internet speeds are normal. Do simple pages (mostly text, like Yahoo) draw quickly? I'll bet they do. Replace the video card.

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