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Jan 13, 2006
I have a P3 with strange problem. Systems specs are below showing the system and winsock reports. Here be the problem. My cable internet is 3Mbp/sec and has been tested by the company, verified ok. I can surf along, pages come up fairly well, but if I attempt a file transfer, the speed drops dramatically. It starts at it's usual place , around 300 or so kb/s and eventually drops off to 20 kb/s or lower. I've tried bypassing the router to eliminate it, I've tried no firewall at all, switched network cards, nothing changed. The system is verified clean and free of all nasties. For the heck of it, just to eliminate the computer itself, I formatted the C drive (I disengaged D, the secondary drive for safety) and installed Redhat 9. Again, loaded up Firefox and tried to download a file or two from various places. Transfer rates averaged anywhere between 170 kb/s to 260 kb/s, which is about normal depending where one is downloading from. So, formatted again and put Windows 98SE back. Installed all the drivers (verified as recent from Dell and respective manufactures). Tried again, same thing. Starts off fairly well and dies off as before. I'm not sure where else to look... I've tried with a plain Windows install and with all patches applied. I've tried different browsers (IE, Mozilla, FireFox) and get the same dramatic slowdown from all of them. Anyone have any suggestions ???

Manufacturer : Dell Computer Corporation
Model : OptiPlex GX110
Serial Number : FICYH
ID : 4C4C4544-4610B400-C0804980-4859434F

System Chassis
Manufacturer : Dell Computer Corporation
Type : Mini Tower
Can be locked : No
Serial Number : FICYH
Boot-up State : Safe
Power State : Safe
Thermal State : Safe

Manufacturer : Dell Computer Corporation
MP Support : No
Model : OptiPlex GX110

On-board Devices
Intel Graphics Chip Accelerated VGA : Video Adapter (Disabled)
3Com Fast EtherLink XL 10/100Mb TX : Ethernet Adapter (Enabled)
AC'97 Audio Controller : Sound Adapter (Disabled)

System Memory Controller
Location : Mainboard
Error Correction Capability : None
Number of Memory Slots : 2
Maximum Installable Memory : 512MB
Bank 1 - DIMM_A : DIMM Synchronous SDRAM 128MB/64 @ 100Mt/s
Bank 2 - DIMM_B : DIMM Synchronous SDRAM 128MB/64 @ 100Mt/s

Chipset 1
Model : Dell Computer Corp 82810e 810e Chipset Host Bridge and Memory Controller Hub
Bus(es) : ISA PCI USB i2c/SMBus
Front Side Bus Speed : 1x 133MHz (133MHz data rate)
Maximum FSB Speed / Max Memory Speed : 1x 133MHz / 1x 133MHz
Width : 64-bit
IO Queue Depth : 4 request(s)

Chipset 1 Hub Interface
Type : Hub-Interface
Version : 1.00
Number of Ports : 1
Width : 8-bit
Full Duplex : Yes
Multiplier : 1/1x

Logical/Chipset 1 Memory Banks
Bank 0 : 64MB SDRAM 3-2-2-0CL
Bank 1 : 64MB SDRAM 3-2-2-0CL
Bank 2 : 64MB SDRAM 3-2-2-0CL
Bank 3 : 64MB SDRAM 3-2-2-0CL
Shared Memory : 1MB
Width : 64-bit
Refresh Rate : 15.60µs
Power Save Mode : No
Fixed Hole Present : No

Memory Module(s)
Memory Module 1 : NEC 4516CD646F-A10 D631C71F 128MB 16x(8Mx8) SDRAM PC100-322-622 (CL3 up to 100MHz) (CL2 up to 77MHz)
Memory Module 2 : Mitsubishi MH16S64DAMD-7 FF0100D1 128MB 16x(8Mx8) SDRAM PC100-222-622 (CL3 up to 100MHz) (CL2 up to 100MHz)

Cooling Device(s)
Fan : OK

PCI Bus(es) on Hub 1
Version : 2.10
Number of Bridges : 1
PCI Bus 0 : PCI (1x PCIClk)
PCI Bus 1 : PCI (1x PCIClk)

LPC Hub Controller 1
Model : Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset LPC Interface Bridge
ACPI Power Management Enabled : Yes
Delayed Transaction Enabled : Yes

USB Controller 1
Model : Intel Corporation 82801AA 8xx Chipset USB Controllers
Version : 1.10
Interface : UHCI
Channels : 2
Speed : 48MHz
Supported Speed(s) : Low (1.5Mbps) Full (12Mbps)
Legacy Emulation Enabled : No

System SMBus Controller 1
Model : Intel 801xx SMBus
Version : 0.02
Slave Device Enabled : No
Speed : 16kHz

Expansion Slot(s)
PCI1 (1h) : PCI 32-bit +5V +3.3V Full-Length Available (Dell Computer Corp 82810e 810e Chipset Graphics Controller)
PCI2 (2h) : PCI 32-bit +5V +3.3V Full-Length Available
PCI3 (3h) : PCI 32-bit +5V +3.3V Full-Length Available
PCI4 (4h) : PCI 32-bit +5V +3.3V Full-Length Used
PCI5 (5h) : PCI 32-bit +5V +3.3V Full-Length Used

Port Connector
PARALLEL : Parallel Port PS/2 - None / DB-25 pin female
SERIAL1 : Serial Port 16550A - None / DB-9 pin male
SERIAL2 : Serial Port 16550A - None / DB-9 pin male
KYBD : Keyboard - None / PS/2
MOUSE : Mouse - None / Mini-DIN
USB1 : USB - None / USB
USB2 : USB - None / USB
ENET : Network - None / RJ-45
MIC : Audio - None / Mini-jack
LINE-OUT : Audio - None / Mini-jack
LINE-IN : Audio - None / Mini-jack
MONITOR : Video - None / DB-15 pin female

WinSock Library
Version : 2.02
Description : WinSock 2.0
Status : Running

Name :xxxxxxxx
Node Type : Broadcast
IP Gateway/Forwarder : No
DNS Service Enabled : No
ARP Proxy Enabled : No
DNS Server 1 :
IP TLL Value : 128

Network Adapter 1
Model : MS TCP Loopback interface
Type : loopback
Speed : 10Mbps
Packet MTU : 276byte(s)
Operational : Yes

Network Adapter 16777218
Model : 3Com EtherLink PCI
Type : ethernet-csmacd
Speed : 100Mbps
Packet MTU : 1500byte(s)
MAC Address : 00:B0:D0:2B:23:06
Manufacturer : Dell Computer Corp.
IP Address 1 :
IP Address 1 Subnet Mask :
IP Gateway/Forwarder :
DHCP Enabled : Yes
DHCP Server :
WINS Enabled : No
Operational : Yes

IP Services (Local <-> Remote)
TCP localhost:pop3 : N/A [Listening]
TCP localhost:1085 : N/A [Listening]
TCP localhost:1560 : N/A [Listening]
TCP localhost:1084 : N/A [Listening]
TCP : TCP localhost:1085 [Established]
TCP : TCP localhost:1084 [Established]
TCP : N/A [Listening]
TCP localhost:1559 : TCP [Established]
TCP localhost:1560 : TCP [Established]
TCP LT_MULTIMEDIA:smtp : N/A [Listening]
TCP LT_MULTIMEDIA:nbname : N/A [Listening]
TCP LT_MULTIMEDIA:nbdatagram : N/A [Listening]
TCP LT_MULTIMEDIA:nbsession : N/A [Listening]
UDP LT_MULTIMEDIA:nbdatagram : N/A

Routing Table / : hop 1 -> WAN -> 3Com EtherLink PCI / : hop 1 -> LAN -> MS TCP Loopback interface / : hop 1 -> LAN -> 3Com EtherLink PCI / : hop 1 -> LAN -> MS TCP Loopback interface / : hop 1 -> LAN -> 3Com EtherLink PCI / : hop 1 -> LAN -> 3Com EtherLink PCI / : hop 1 -> LAN -> 3Com EtherLink PCI

Address Resolution (ARP) Table : 00:40:05:58:20:E9 [Dynamic]
Nov 25, 2005
I suspect that your networking components aren't fully optimized, though I can't put my finger on this just yet. I would suggest you create an account at so you can test the system and get specific recommendations on what changes to make to optimize throughput. Here's the link:

The free tests at PCPitstop can analyze many problems, and make suggestions on how to improve the function and security of your PC. I suggest you run ALL of the tests, which shouldn't take long, just so you'll have a good overview of your system settings. If you choose to create an account, you'll be able to benchmark your system, then retest it to see if the changes you made were helpful or not.

You can also run tests and find Registry fixes at

I've fully tweaked ALL of the systems on my network, and the improvements are dramatic, especially over a fast connection.

The sad truth is, Windows is NOT optimised for file transfers, and you'll probably find the bottleneck by utilizing the features at those two websites, rather than trying to find the single networking tweak that will solve all of your problems (not that you've actually DONE that; I simply want to help you AVOID doing that).

Good luck; keep us posted on your progress.
Jun 20, 2007
Thanks for the tip.

I am having the same problem. One thing I tried was to call my ISP (the cable company) and they came out and changed some of the older harware(splitters) and that improved the overall speed by 6X. They also recommended rerouting my connections through the building to reduce the number of splitters required before it reached my modem.

Point is: Hardware can slow a connection speed.

Other point is: I will try
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