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Painfully slow access to NAS

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by colinsp, Apr 10, 2011.

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  1. colinsp

    colinsp Thread Starter

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    After my old PC died I decided to build a new one.

    Asus M4A88TD-V evo motherboard with 8 gig ram AMD quad core and a new 1TB hDD. There is a Realtek8111E Gigabit lan onboard.

    I installed this with a legitimate copy of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. It works fine and accesses the internet without issue. I have installed the latest LAN drivers from the Asus site. I have a wired connections to my router for this desktop a NAS drive and my laptop and also a wireless connection to my wife's laptop.

    The laptops have fast access to the NAS drive, the Win7 machine is painfully slow. Every time I access a share on the NAS drive it takes ages to show and always has the dark grey progress bar running as I try to access the drive, and it takes a long while to read the drive. I tried to copy a 350meg file from the NAS to the desktop and gave up after an hour with 19 hours still to go according to the progress bar:confused:, copying the same file to either laptop only took a couple of minutes. I have changed the cable without it speeding anything up, I also changed the router port. My old Win7 desktop used the same port on the router and the same cable and always had fast access.

    Anybody have any bright ideas before this expensive new machine gets thrown out ;)
     
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    What makes this even more interesting is that I have just plugged in a wireless USB dongle in and connected at full speed to the network. It must be some sort of problem with the network settings for the onboard card although I don't know what.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Maybe the NIC is having trouble auto-syncing a speed with the router. In Device Manager right click the ethernet - Properties - Advanced tab. Try different values for the 'Speed & Duplex' property. Start with 1000 Mbps full duplex (only if the router has gigabit ports), 100 Mbps full duplex and 10 Mbps full duplex.
     
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    Thanks TerryNet for the suggestion. The router is only 100meg full duplex BUT when I set the card to 100 it won't connect. It will only connect at 10meg so it looks like at 100meg it is doing something the router doesn't like. It will only connect at 10 meg but is not giving me anything like that sort of speed.
     
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    Or the router is doing something the NIC doesn't like.

    Try the computer with a connection to the modem or to somebody else's router to try to determine if the problem is owned by the NIC alone.
     
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    I got my spare router out and tried that and went and bought a brand new ethernet cable. Still the same, only sets the port to 10meg and achieves nothing like that in speed.

    I have also done a Google search this seems to be a Windows 7 issue that seems to affect all sorts of NIC's and no one can find a fix for it.

    Oh well looks like I will just have to live with it and check Google regularly for a fix.
     
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    I also have a lot of issues with the NIC (most of them Realtek chipsets) and Windows 7 but get most of them to settle down with the latest drivers from the manufacturer.
     
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    I have tried both the Asus and the Realtek drivers without success.
     
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    You probably have a faulty NIC then, got a 1xPCIe or PCI slot available for an addon?
     
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    I think I would agree with you if 1: It wasn't a new motherboard 2: I was the only one with the problem and 3: If it wasn't working at all. I'll keep looking.
     
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    If your NAS is FTP capable, you could try using Filezilla and see if a transfer went good that way. It would probably be too cumbersome to use as an everyday exchange method, but maybe that would tell you if its a protocol issue or maybe hardware?

    I understand about the new motherboard, I was thinking of the time/cost benefit ratio of tearing it all apart again and RMAing. Also understood about something working with one exception. I've got a N router, works fantastic, except the wireless just shuts down at some point and won't come on until I go back in and either toggle the setting (and I"ve tried all the different combo of settings to get it to stay on) or power cycle. Very frustrating.
     
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