Problem with username changing

Posted on 2005-04-28
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
I hope someone can help me with this little problem.  When I boot my XP machine and logon to the domain using the correct password, everything works fine and I have immediate and fast access to all networked drives and other resources.  There is no delay at all.  When I click the Start Button and look at the username listed at the top, it lists my full name, "Daniel Attard".

After an hour or two, for some reason, I start to experience slowness with the network.  Opening documents from networked shares takes 10 seconds instead of 2, and sometimes I cannot even access the networked drive at all.  Basically, all networked activity is very slow.  I've noticed that as soon as I start to experience this slowness, the username listed at the top of the Start Button menu no longer reads "Daniel Attard", but rather it reads "Daniel".  If I reboot, everything goes back to normal, but only for an hour or two before it starts getting slow again.

I would appreciate if someone could help point me in the right direction as to how I might resolve this issue.  Thank you.
Question by:DanielAttard
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    wow, I wouldnt think that the changing of usernames would change anything, but who knows.  I would scan for hyjacking, and spyware, also make sure you are pointing to the correct wins server, and your dns entries on your workstation are pointing to the server first.
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    It isn't username related.  It is most probably DNS related.  If you are manually assigning your IP address and assigning your ISP as your DNS server at the workstation level or are using a router to be your DHCP server then this will fix it.

    1) If you are manually assigning you IP address only use the IP address of the LAN side of you own server as Primary DNS Server.  Then Enable Netbios over TCP/IP in the advanced section of the Properties of your TCP/IP protocol.   Repair the connection.  This will clear is current ARP information and re-establish your link to the LAN.  Log off , Log on.  Speed should stay good.
    Good Luck
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    Sounds like DNS, just as mtpcbypc suggested.


    Author Comment

    Thanks mtppcbypc !

    I will give your suggestion a try and post back as to how it works out.  
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    YR Welcome. hope You have joy.

    Author Comment

    Looks like enabling NetBios over TCP/IP is what did the trick!  Thanks to all who helped out.

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