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I've upgraded my PC and got the shop to copy over the old hard disk onto the new PC. Had a few issues with moving from win2kSP4 to win2kSP3 but got that resolved.

We have 3 computers permanently on a lan - using the basic workgroup setup. One is just a standard win2k professional PC but it acts as our server - ie v.little software installed, no one actually uses it.

The current problem is that when I'm using Windows Explorer to view the files in a folder it's unbearably slow. This is for a folder with, say, 65 objects in list view. It's ok from the other computer which access the "server".

I'm guessing that there's something on the network that's got jiggered in the upgrading, moving files thing but don't know what to investigate. Any ideas?

Sarah
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by:DEVAXTATOR
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goo day
it depends on 3 things the switch or router, the cables  or the computers, first the switch:
what type of switch are you using and the gateway is it right you may use your server as a gateway and route all traffic trough there. not a pretty site but it works and it is low budget
the cables are right? 100mbs or higher?
and the computer are what pentium's I or II or III or IV if they are old you have a problem because windows 98 dosen't like windows 2000 it hangs and is extremly slow when using the network.

just helping out.
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by:sarahk
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I've got a little CNET hub which has 5 ports. Cables, hub haven't changed - only the PC. New one has an onboard network card at 10/100 I think. Whatever that standard setting is.

All the computers are win2k. The problem PC is a P4. The oldest (and the faster of the 2 at displaying files) is 2 years old.
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by:DEVAXTATOR
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in that case i advise you to disconnect the pc and testing the network with http://www.lookatlan.com/
if the network is stable and fine the problem resides in the network card or in the installation of win2k.
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by:pseudocyber
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Make sure your NIC is set to autonegotiate (preferably) or 10mbps half duplex.  Make sure it's NOT 100Mbps Full Duplex.
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by:sarahk
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Hi

I took the path of least resistance.

tried to download look@lan but it wasn't available, said you could still download but unsupported, but the file has been pulled to I think.

Followed the taktech instructions and rebooted - works billiantly now

pseuodocyber - thanks for the advice but I didn't get around to working out what a NIC was before zdkev came along.

Thanks makana for the info.

Sarah
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Sorry.  NIC = Network Interface Card
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