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Client computer loads web pages partially
alberto Apr-05-02 04:22 PM
I set up a home network with two pcs using the information on this site. Both computers run Windows 98SE. I have 3Com 3C905B-TX NICs in both. I have a dial up internet connection with ICS. The client loads web pages partially - especially if there are a lot of graphics. The problem gets worse with a second or third browser open at the same time. I experienced this problem with Sygate originally. I uninstalled it and loaded ICS. Same problem. Client can ping the host, outside IP address and any URL. NIC diagnostic tests reveal the NICs are working properly and the network too. Host computer works fine in all respects. Help! What am I doing wrong?

1. RE: Client computer loads web pages partially
lbyard Apr-05-02 05:23 PM
In response to message 0
How fast can you copy about 100 MBytes between the two hard disk drives on the two computers? Try copying the files, just the files, not the sudirectories, in d:\win98 on the Windows 98SE CD to a folder on one of the hard disks and then copy them to another folder on the other hard disk. Believe that's about 105 MBytes. Larry

2. RE: Client computer loads web pages partially
alberto Apr-05-02 09:19 PM
In response to message 1
I copied 100 MBytes from the Windows 98SE CD to a folder on the host computer. I then copied 100 MBytes from the host to the client in 6 minutes 20 seconds.

3. RE: Client computer loads web pages partially
lbyard Apr-06-02 01:25 AM
In response to message 2
How are the computers networked together? About how long are the cable(s)? Larry

4. RE: Client computer loads web pages partially
alberto Apr-06-02 02:44 PM
In response to message 3
Computers are connected with a 25 foot cross over cable. I'm using NetBEUI. One thing I didn't mention on the last post, the host froze after copying 100MBytes to the client.

5. RE: Client computer loads web pages partially
lbyard Apr-08-02 11:31 AM
In response to message 4
The transfer rate is very slow. It should take about a minute. The crossover cable is suspect. Be sure it has been mad according to http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/cable/cable1.htm. Also, see our FAQs for more info. The network adapter(s) could hare a resource conflict. Check Start, Settings, Control Panel, System, Device Manager. It is most likely the cable. Larry

6. RE: Client computer loads web pages partially
alberto Apr-09-02 06:21 PM
In response to message 5
I replaced the cable with one made by the networking administrator where I work. Ran the 100MBytes again. This time it was about 2:00. I decided to test the original cable again - 2:30. Why was the very first test 6:20? I ran the test several more times alternating the cables. The times ranged from 2:00 to 3:00. Still too slow. What else could it be? The NICs show no conflicts in Device Manager. There are no multiple instances of the NIC drivers in the network configuration.

7. RE: Client computer loads web pages partially
lbyard Apr-09-02 11:36 PM
In response to message 6
You may not have had the other cable fully plugged in one of the jacks, etc. (http://duxcw.com/digest/Howto/network/cable/cable9.htm). Have you made any changes to the TCP/IP parameters in the Windows registry? Please describe the computers. Both cables could have a problem. Not all sys admins know how to make them even though they may think that they do. Larry

8. RE: Client computer loads web pages partially
alberto May-09-02 07:25 PM
In response to message 7
I still don't know what is causing the slow 100 MB transfer rate. I haven't bothered to get another cable yet. However, I did load Opera on the client computer and now everything loads completely and quickly. I was stunned that the Opera browser could be so much better than IE 6.0 in my case.

9. RE: Client computer loads web pages partially
DJ Net2Infinity May-09-02 08:15 PM
In response to message 8
Look in the properties setting for your NIC card and see if its set to Half-Duplex, Full-Duplex, or Autosense. I would set it to Full-Duplex if it isn't already and try the speed test again.

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