3Mbps is no longer - mere 1.5 or much lower! : (

Comcast broadband.
Using a Linksys befsr41 router and an RCA modem.
When I first signed on with them - I swear I was pulling down 3 - 3.4 Mbps!
But lately, I'm lucky to get 1.2 - 1.4...

Had an issue with a "visitor" (we'll leave it at that) and removed all the havoc that he generously introduced.  But I'm not certain that it started then - or if it's Comcast's issue...

They say "no.

So, I've cleaned all virii/spyware (use Ad-aware, spybot, xcleaner & hjt).  Have run online scans at trend, panda, and symantec.
Have Norton installed with the latest defs (Aug 11).
Have run a registry cleaner (forget which one) and reset ip stack/winsock.

XP Pro SP1 (although SP2 is sitting there smiling at me...)

Can anyone offer anything further to try?  I want to be certain it's not my system (without rebuilding).

I'll start this at 125, but if anything is recommended that eliminates my problem - I'll gladly max it out at 500!

Tia ~sirbounty

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sirbountyAuthor Commented:
Ever post a question and then get a lightbulb going off in your head?  :P
Tested the connection on my wife's PC and she's getting between 2.2-2.7
So it's something on this one...
I do not want to (nor am I able to time-wise) rebuild this system...
There's got to be a tool or bho or registry hack to fix this!
Have you enabled the QoS packet scheduler and set the registry to reserve 0%?
sirbountyAuthor Commented:
I recalled seeing the 0% setting and yes, it's enabled - however I didn't have the QoS service installed nor the service enabled.
So, I'll reboot and see if that changes anything...
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sirbountyAuthor Commented:
Well the first 125 are definitely yours - I'm pushing 1.9 now...so that helped, but still about a meg shy of where I was/would like to be again... :)
The problem with broadband services is that the more people in your area that have it, the slower your speeds are going to be.  Like you said your wife's computer was pulling 2.2, I would suggets testing your computer and hers at the same time, or within a few minutes of each other.  Check to see the difference, because 1.9 to 2.2 could have been a matter of how many people were using broadband at the time.  As for other suggestions I would check what processes are using a lot of the CPU and see if they should be that high.
sirbountyAuthor Commented:
>>The problem with broadband services is that the more people in your area that have it, the slower your speeds are going to be. <<

You don't work for my cable company, do you?  LOL

The problem with that line is my neighbor across the street is getting around 3.3 with the same provider...
Nothing 'odd' running on my system - at least in my running processes.  I do have a rundll32 that I don't know what it's loading, but would presume it's one of the startup apps calling it.
I've heard of problems where routers and such sometimes "mysteriously" lose bandwidth, could be a similar situation.  There's a general rule of 80% with broadband, i.e. if you are getting at least 80% of your broadband theoretical speed then you are doing good, so you should be around 2.4.  I don't know much about rundll32, but I'd agree with your assumption.  Have you tried the check of differene in bandwidth between the two computers?  Finally this might be able to help: http://www.tweakxp.com/tweak2081.aspx

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sirbounty, How are you testing your bandwidth?
sirbountyAuthor Commented:
drewtarvin>- I'll check out the tweaks and get back to you...

shard26> the one from dslreports, mcafee speedometer and dan elway's speed tests...
sirbountyAuthor Commented:
Must have done something wrong in my tweaking - now I'm back to 1.5... : (
This is how you trouble shot the issue.

First find out if it is a computer problem or a ISP problem.
  a.) Borrow a laptop from a friend and hook it up at your neighbors house and test the speed.  If you don't have a laptop see if you can borrow your neighbors computer for a few minutes.  
        If the same system is running fast at your neighbors house but not yours its your router or ISP.
            If this is the case remove your linksys for just long enough to test the speed to rule it out.
        If it runs fine at your house and your neighbors then you need to re-install your wifes computer.
        Use this site to test speed at both locations.  It is very important to use the same bench marks


Hope that helps
My wife's computer is faster than mine...

>you need to re-install your wifes computer


sirbountyAuthor Commented:
I, uh, didn't get that one either... :(
sirbountyAuthor Commented:
Btw, I have both a laptop and my wife's computer here - BOTH push above 2M
Mine can only get 1.7 at maximum - and it used to get double that...
Im sorry that the tweak made the computer slower, hopefully you are able to undo what the tweak suggested.  As for other things, you try finding updated drivers for your NIC, or if you have one available a new NIC completely.  Also you might want to uninstall most protocols and services and re-install them to see if that can get things refreshed.   Im assuming that you are trying these tests around the same time as each other, or at least at the same time of day each day, if not, it could related to what I mentioned in my first post.
sirbountyAuthor Commented:
Well, I may end up rebuilding the system.  I'm having a couple of other very minor problems, that I can't seem to resolve either.
sirbountyAuthor Commented:
I suppose it's house cleaning time - thanx for your contributions.  Still not 'lightening fast' - but liveable until I do rebuild.
Don't forget to re-install the wife's computer, too! It's still faster than yours?
sirbountyAuthor Commented:
Lol - yea...I'll get right on that. ; )
sirbountyAuthor Commented:
Fyi - turned out to be a flaky/failing modem... : )
Back at 3M + (cause my ISP is going up to 5 soon! Yay!!)
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