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Slow network response from one workstati

By emarshall ·
I took on a new customer that asked me to look at their 5 station peer to peer network. I replaced two NICs and have the same problem with both computers. When I click on network neighborhood, it takes about 20 seconds to bring up the list of computers. Then if I browse one of the shares, it takes about 30 seconds to bring up the share. I have tried different network cards, uninstalled and reinstalled the NIC drivers, and reinstalled Windows 98 SE. Nothing seems to help. The truly bizarrething - I can browse from the stations I didn't touch and they respond almost instantly, even when browsing the shares on the computers with the new NICs. Anyone have any ideas??

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by guy In reply to Slow network response fro ...

I suspect that its a NetBIOS problem. To get fast conectivity you need WINS or LMHOSTS.
What could be happening is that the WINS (or LMHosts) settings are incorrect and the connection times out, then broadcasts for the name. So check the Network Icon, TCP/IP properties, WINS and DNS tabs, are they correct?
If this fails install the Network Monitor Tools and Agent, this will collect packets, what you look for is the time gaps and try and see what is happening e.g. tries to connect to a rogue WINS server.

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by emarshall In reply to Slow network response fro ...

Thanks for your response. It turns out that someone had placed a VBscript file in the start up folder and it was doing something screwy. I removed the file so it wouldn't execute and everything runs great. As always, the last thing I check shouldhave been the first. Again, thanks for your help.

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by McKayTech In reply to Slow network response fro ...

It sounds like a network connectivity issue -and probably is not the NIC card since you've tried several (different types, I assume).

My guess would be a bad cable drop and I think what I would do next is to plug one of the affected computer intothe wall outlets that has been used by one that works right.

More than once, I've found these type of problems associated with network cables that are run directly over florescent lights in a dropped ceiling or long runs where they have been bundled with AC power lines.

paul

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