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We have around 120 client PC's or so on a novell netware network.  All of the clients are either running Win 2K or Win XP.  
With Win 2K, the users can browse our network drives with no problems.
The new PC's (and the ones with higher specifications) have Windows XP, but when clicking on folders on the network drives it can sometimes take about 3 mins to open!  This is becomming very problamatic for my users.  
It seems to mainly occur on folders that are 3 sub folders deep - for example browsing H:\folder1\folder2 is no problem, but if we try to click on Folder 3, in other words H:\folder1\folder2\folder3 it will just hang.  

Any ideas?  
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Which Novell client version are you using?
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4.91 SP2 is the current version for XP workstations.  If you're not on the latest, that would be the first thing I would suggest.
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Yep thats the first thing I thought too.
But ive installed the service pack, and still no such luck.  
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Hmm :)

What is the XP SP level at?  What are your server versions?

Couple of suggestions:  Do you have file caching enabled?  I would suggest turning that off.

Client:  Within the Novell Client Properties, click Advanced Settings.  Toggle File Caching to "Off"

Server:  SET LEVEL 2 OPLOCKS ENABLED = OFF
SET CLIENT FILE CACHING ENABLED = OFF
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Your a genious!
The disabling of the File Caching seems to have done it!

If I set that on the server, will it then be the default for all clients here on in ?
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Excellent!  

I believe it can just be set on the server, but I remember way back when that I was recommended to do both.  In addition to the server setting, it can be deployed to the clients relatively easy.  It can be done as you deploy the client, or if that is not feasible, you can just push the registry key to flip it.  In my environment, I have it set on both server and client.
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Ok thanks!
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Here is the key if you need it:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetwareWorkstation\Parameters]
"File Caching"=dword:00000000
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You're welcome!  
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