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TeeJay (2309)

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Friday November 19, 2004
08:46 AM

win xp and painfully slow ADSL

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I got connected via ADSL to the interweb this morning, after years of painful and unreliable dialup.

Accessing the web was fairly quick on my linux laptop, and I eventually managed to get PPTP tunneling working to the office.

Unfortunately my wife's XP laptop is struggling to acheive the internet performance of a dialup modem.

Very puzzling as we have a small LAN of 2 laptops and a netgear 4 way ADSL modem/router/firewall. The ADSL is connected fine and I can use the internet just fine from my laptop.

Once again Windows XP is making life a pain, I really wish we had got a Mac rather than a HP PC with a ton of crap and badly configured XP.

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  • Normally when someone has Win XP and a fast network connection to the interweb, but finds things slow I suggest that their machine is horribly infected. However if the machine is walled off behind a proper firewall, then this is less likely to be the problem.

    How fast is data transfers between your two machines? Is the XP box slow at everything, or just the interweb?

    You are probably correct, a Mac would have been a better buy, you can still save the PC by putting something more sane on it, such as a Linu

    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
  • I really wish we had got a Mac rather than a HP PC with a ton of crap and badly configured XP

    I recommend completely reinstalling a fresh copy of XP or even going with Win2k. When I bought my HP PC it had so much vendor-installed crap running in the background it was unusable. Since I installed Win2k, things have been pretty good.

  • You might also check if XP is autonegotiating properly with your switch. You might be connected half-duplex and your switch is not. I agree with others that you should reinstall XP from scratch without all of the HP standard crap that they install. My parents bought an HP last year and the thing took forever to boot up until I removed all of HP's little applets.