Hi, not sure if this is the correct area to post this but here it goes..
I have a Windows XP machine that is having problems with the network. Not major, but majorly annoying. Everytime I go into my Profax program (accounting software) for the first time after starting the machine, the profax windows blinks on screen, then sits there and "hangs", then it finally comes up. If you close it and open it again straight away, it comes up instantly. Also if you have the profax program open, and leave the pc for, say, 5 or 10 minutes, then come back and try to use it again, it again hangs (for about 15 - 20 seconds), then resumes so you can continue to use the Profax program. So if you are using the machine constantly, it works fine all the time. The Profax program runs from the server (data is on the server, client run locally).
Also i noticed that when you go into "My Network Places", for the first 5 seconds of it being open, everything works fine (i can select shares that have been found), but then it hangs for about 15-20 seconds.
It feels like it needs to always check to see if the server is still there if the network connection hasnt been active for a set time. Is there any such setting in windows xp? My XP machine is running Windows XP SP1.
So far i have tried replacing the network card, and also run a scandisk on the machine (no errors).
Don't know if it is relevant or not, but if i go into event viewer it has some errors around the time i started up the machine to do with atapi device or IDE (sorry cannot remember which one, but i know it didn't say bad blocks, and scandisk came up fine). i will make sure i write down the full error next time i am on it.
I can also remember reading somewhere about a reg key or something to do with windows searching for printers on other pc's and this sometimes causes hanging, but i since cannot find this article. Am i going in the right direction? Does this seem familiar to anyone?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.