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  1. FZWG

    FZWG Thread Starter

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    Sure appreciate some help on this one.

    Running a PC with Windows Me, and AOL 8.0 is installed.
    CPU=P450/RAM=384MB

    AOL kept freezing, so, cleared caches, reinstalled AOL adapter, modified graphics, etc.

    Connect to Internet, try to download something, and the speed goes down to about 1.3Kbytes/sec. Downloading 1 MB takes almost half an hour!!

    Decided to install MSN 8 instead. Same problems as with AOL.

    Any ideas of what could cause such a slow download speed, or how to fix the problem?
     
  2. mobo

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    Have you looked for spyware and viral infections ?
     
  3. Couriant

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    are you using DUN (dial up network) or Cable / DSL type connection?
     
  4. FZWG

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Using Dial-up.

    Ran Spybot and virus scan. No problems there.
     
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    How is it with just Internet Explorer?

    Also some factors could cause the problem, like your locality, phone line, modem.. Some modems can be flashed-updated to optimize it. Those updates are available (if any) at the manufacturer for the modem. Also try using speedboosters for internet connections. There are a bundle around on www.download.com and www.tucows.com.

    Other than that, just could be bad servers / overloaded servers with too many people connected.
     
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    "AOL Hell" plays havoc with an internet connection and won't even allow you to optimize it properly. :( (n)

    Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips (Also a Windows XP user)
     
  7. FZWG

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Do the tips in: "56K Dial-Up Networking Tweaks And Fixes For Windows 95/98" offer any improvement for an AOL connection? (Presume they also apply to Windows Me.)

    "...won't even allow you to optimize it properly" Why would AOL cause this result?
     
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    FZWG:

    You can read here in detail as to why Cablenut 4.08 won't work properly with "AOL Hell" and what other problems it causes with a connection.

    Once someone decides to get rid of it, it involves several steps to clean it out, which is why I have it posted on my site.

    You can try the tweaks that I have posted on my site, but there's no guarantee how well they'll optimize your connection.


    Frank's Windows 95/98 Tips (Also a Windows XP user)
     
  9. FZWG

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    Thanks for the info.

    Do not use AOL, and was helping out some friends who do. If they keep having problems, looks as if a format and re-install is next.

    The likelyhood of my using AOL, after reading all that info, is slim to none!
     
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    AOL never liked IE or anything like it's own program. In fact I never liked MSN 8 because it was a program trying to do everything I didn't need it to do. When I connect to the net I expect just a browser, not a program that can figure the stock market rate in bangkok.

    As for your connection, you might want to try a cheap alternative like NetZero or I think juno.com. Then use IE or Netscape to see if you have the same problem. If you do, then it might be a case of updating the drivers, or even *Flash upgrade* your modem
     
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    Had an interesting experience with this issue. Tried to run an anti-virus program (TrendMicro Housecall) to see if a virus was involved. Housecall took forever to download, and then kept getting hung up scanning C:\_Restore.... files.

    So, disabled System Restore in Windows Me, restarted the PC, and decided to start AOL again.

    Guess what, no more freezes, goes from page to page without hang ups, the Housecall scan went through smoothlly, downloaded a couple of programs without a glitch.

    Apparently something in the _Restore files was causing a problem.
     
  12. Couriant

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    It's possible that you have / had a virus in the Restore System files. Run the AV virus with the system restore disabled. I'm sure that there is some kind of virus there. If you find one there, delete it and then you should be able to enable System Restore without a glich.
     
  13. FZWG

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    Had run TrendMicro Housecall antivirus program. No viruses detected.

    Also ran AVG Grisoft, it came out clean also.

    So far, so good. Everything is running well.
     
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