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Hey Guys:

Are there any suggestions that will increase my web surfing speeds?  My downloads are excellent overall, but web surfing is not as consistant.

Pentium II, 350Ghz, 128 MB of RAM.

thanx everyone...
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by:st_steve
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Are your downloads coming from the same site as those HTML pages? If your downloads are Ok, then the problem might not be on your end. It might be that you're accessing a congested server. Maybe you can try surfing on mirror sites (most of the sites have mirrors and they direct you to the least busiest server calculated dynamically anyway)

For example, if you ping to www.hotmail.com (from a linux box), it will report that www.hotmail.com has multiple IP address and it will pick one to test the connection.

If your downloads are ok, you wouldn't need to tweak your internet settings. You can tweak them, but the tweaks probably won't help. Also, I'm guessing you're on a fast (> 128kbps) connection.
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by:whatever11
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Hey St Steve:

i appreciate U're reply and it makes sense.  When i ping certain sites, i do rock...values under 15ms litreally all the time, and my download speeds via dslreports.com is about 2mpbs almost all the time.   Still, the surfing is slow, so may the visiting a congested server idea is right, but then my ping values are so low...
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Ping (ICMP) uses UDP, HTTP uses TCP, TCP has more overhead, but it's probably not noticeable to humans (we're talking about milliseconds here), but this 'could' be the reason why your web surfing is so slow, TCP needs to establish a connection to the server (3-way handshake)

Maybe you should have a look at this site:

http://www.winguides.com/tweak/
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by:LeeTutor
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Do I understand you correctly that you're using broadband: cable modem, or DSL, etc.?  If so, take a look at this page:

http://www.speedguide.net/Cable_modems/cable_patches.shtml

Cable Modems and xDSL Speed Patches and Programs
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by:st_steve
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Also test tools

http://www.dslreports.com/tools

and there is a link for tweaks there as well
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by:whatever11
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thanx St Steve.

the first link U sent me, with wintweaks, unfortunately costs money, so i'm gonna opt out of that one.  appreciate it though.

and i have used the tools on dslreports that U just sent me.

thanx again
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by:whatever11
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Hey Lee Tutor:

Yeah, i do have cable modem service, roadrunner in the new york city area.   i actually have downloaded everything i need to download on the speedguide.net site before unfortuantely.  Thanx anyway.
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by:st_steve
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So the second link didn't help either?

I think most of the tweaks are in the Registry so if you download the evaluation version of the program from the first link and use a registry access monitor (from www.sysinternals.com), you can see what changes the program makes in the registry and you can save the changes in a .reg file. You can import the file later on other computers (or if you format your HDD and start over)

That's how I know many "undocumented" registry settings anyway :D, "Da" tools from www.sysinternals.com :)

The two I used were Filemon (File Access Monitor) and Regmon (Registry Access monitor).
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by:st_steve
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Google Search

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=%22connection+speed+tweaks%22

Probably wouldn't help, but my brain is dry now on this one.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help :((
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Delete it or PAQ it with zero for information in it.
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