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troubleshooting network slowdown

Discussion in 'Networking' started by carolsm, Dec 14, 2004.

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  1. carolsm

    carolsm Thread Starter

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    I have three computers on a peer-to-peer network. The primary one is Win98, the other two are Win98SE. They are connected by 10-100 Ethernet, wired. My main company program is a DOS program on the primary computer. The other two computers have recently slowed down MASSIVELY when trying to open and use the DOS program from the primary computer, to the point that the program is unuseable because of the wait time for something to happen. I can't think of anything I did to any of the computers before this happened.

    Is there some troubleshooting method for networks buried in Win98? Any ideas what I could look for that might cause this?
     
  2. kimmer13

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    are they connected thru a hub, or ?? you could restart the hub. you could also watch the hub's led lights while one of the 98se machines is trying to open the DOS program and see if the 10 or the 100 indicator light is flickering. if it used to be talking at 100 and now is at 10, you'd notice the kind of delay you're talking about.

    did the slowdown progress to this point, or did you just come in one day it was like this?
     
  3. LapeerTech

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    Are these computers accessing the Internet? Had a similar problem when someone became infected. Do you run anti-spyware/virus protection programs regularly?

    Could even happen if they are not accessing the Internet by someone bringing in an infected disk.

    Do they have static or dynamic IP's? Check the network names of each?
    Good Luck,
    Tony
     
  4. carolsm

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    They are connected through a hub. I have unplugged it (depriving computers of their electricity seems to solve a lot of problems!), but that made no difference. When I look at it, the 100 light is the one that is on. I think it just happened, wasn't gradual.

    The "primary" one is the only one that goes on the internet, and all are equipped with Norton Anti-Virus and ZoneAlarm; I haven't done a virus scan lately, though---will try that.

    Don't know about static or dynamic IP--I let the computer figure that out when the network was set up. The workgroup name is the same for all three.
     
  5. LapeerTech

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    You should also get an antiSpyware program like AdAware or Spybot and run it.
    Good Luck,
    Tony
     
  6. 10forcash

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    If it is a DOS programme, does it use IPX/SPX ? if so, a mixed TCP/IP IPX/SPX enviromment can cause slowdowns, as can a poorly NIC, you could also try migrating to a switch, a damaged cable can also cause slowdowns, try pinging the other PC's occasionally , checking for time differences, also check the computer time on all PC's is the same
    Cheers,
    10forcash
     
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