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Internet Connection Slow Down

By BorgInva ·
Internet Speed Bogs
- XP SP2 (updated with everything)
- Netgear Web Safe Router Gateway RP614 (latest drivers)
*Custom build PC:
- Hitachi / 400GB / 7200 / 8MB / SATA-150 / OEM
- 2nd drive is a 100G.
- Kingston 1024MB PC4200 533Mhz DDR2 Memory
- Pentium 4 660 series (64-bit) 3.60GHz with Hyper-Threading Technology, 800MHz Front Side Bus and 2MB L2 Cache.
- ECS PF21 Extreme Intel Socket 775 ATX Motherboard / PCI Express / Audio / USB 2.0 & Firewire / Dual Gigabit LAN / WLAN USB Adapter / SATA / RAID

All of the sudden my PC has been at a crawl and so has the Internet. Timewarner says everything checks out on their side. I do many speed tests on websites and it is confirmed I have the upo/download speeds I get form them. Yet, my internet is slow. This computer has been fine for months until recently. It is defragged as much as it can be. Registry is cleaned form a couple of different programs. No viruses, spyware, etc. Nothing running in the background that will take up processor time. Currently my CPU usage is 2% and my network utilization on the GIG card is 0.09%. I have the swap file, which is over a GIG in size, on the slave drive, which also serves as a backup. Nothing is run from it.
Any tweaks I have done have not been much help. Even with the PC connected directly into the cable modem, the internet seems sluggish.
Any ideas I may not have tried for either fixing my net speed or PC speed (programs and even accessing Windows Explorer are getting slower).
I am at a lost.
Nothing bad is running. Not a lot is running. Even trying to use FreeRAM XP Pro. System is cleaned of temp files and such. IE and FF are as updated as they can get right now.
Please let me know if you have any ideas? Thanks. I really want to figure out this internet connection problem.
Sgt! Got any good tips for me on this one?

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by wcp In reply to Internet Connection Slow ...

If your PC is slow and so is Internet, then the cause appears to be hardware.

1. HD
Boot the computer from a Win98 Startup disk. If it takes long, the HD needs to be replaced.

2. MB
Clean install Windows in a new HD. If it is still slow, the MB is bad. If it is fast, the problem is due to either HD or Windows.

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by wcp In reply to

Better disconnect the 2nd HD before testing.

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by G... In reply to Internet Connection Slow ...

Yes. If everything starts to slow down, it is most propably hardware. But before trying to take things of you may check some parts "software" (I mean with a program or windows).
First check the hardware manager to see if there's any problems there. Also check the firmware and drivers for the different hardware (At least HD, MB, Graphic).
After that check your HD with this software:
It's from Hitachi so they should find out if the SMART values are wrong.

If the hard drive is ok and all the firwares and drivers up-to-date then it's probably your MB.

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by glyall In reply to Internet Connection Slow ...

check your network adapter settings
for the speed and duplex

set your pc to 100/full duplex

if you are going thru a switch / hub check each port setting

if the pc and hub are not set right the network speed can change from a fast to slow connection.
I have seen a 45 MB copy in less than 2 minutes than the same file take 4 hours, on a lan setting.
It was that the hub change from 100/full duplex to 100/half duplex or 10/half duplex

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by w2ktechman In reply to Internet Connection Slow ...

Along with the above, try logging in with another user account. It could very well be a profile issue. Another thing to check yould be to throw a different NIC on there and see if the network card is going bad.

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by vak042 In reply to Internet Connection Slow ...

Hi you,
I have met that case already, now i can show you the way to solve. The very simple reason is your NIC. NIC have problem so your Computer mouse cursor move very slow and Internet is too. So check the NIC and change it.

Have fun,


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by wlbowers In reply to Internet Connection Slow ...

Why in the world do you have such a large page file. Reduce the size and force the computer to use the memory.

Yea it will use the page file even if you think is isn't.

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by wlbowers In reply to Internet Connection Slow ...

Why in the world do you have such a large page file. Reduce the size and force the computer to use the memory.

Yea it will use the page file even if you think is isn't.

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by zlitocook In reply to Internet Connection Slow ...

This is always fun! You did not say if you use Window washer or clean out your caseh files. When things slow down there are alot of places to look and a ton of things to do. But Microsoft it self says when a computer becomes to cluttered and slow reload it. They suggest reloading when you cannot do any thing to return you computer to the speed it had when it was new.
Back up your files to DVD, CD and reload.
You said your system is up to date, your antiviral and firewall is included in this?
There has been a bot report out for awhile about how alot of computers are used to send out programs/Spam and most users do not even know they have this software installed.
Have you looked at your event viewer to see what is going on with your system?
From me I install my O/S then I install antiviral software, I have updates on DVD, I install them. I turn on XP firewall and installs Zone alarm, then connect to the Internet to down load updates.
After that I run, disk clean up, defrag and reboot.
If your ISP is running ok and your lines to them are ok it is on your end.

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by rkuhn In reply to Internet Connection Slow ...

I feel stupid for even asking, but have you tried a different Cat5 cable?

I've seen 1 pair go "bad", occasionally shorting out but not failing altogether.

Nice PC by the way. Seems like you've ruled out the OS, hardware, software, etc.

Time to start ruling out the physical. Ports, wires, EMI, etc.

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