WILL GIGABYTE HUB/CARDS ALLOW XP AND W2K BROWSE FASTER?

HAVE AN NT4 SERVER AND SINCE I UPGRADED W/S TO WINXP FROM W98 THE BROWSING HAS SLOWED DOWN CONSIDERABLY WHILE TRYING TO ACCESS THE PARADOX DATABASE IN CRYSTAL REPORTS. TRIED SHARING AN XP PRO P4 3 GIG AS SERVER AND BROWSED MORE SLOWLY THAN NT4. BOTH HAVE 1 GIG RAM. WOULD CHANGING TO GIGABYTE HUB/CARDS ALLOW XP AND W2K BROWSE FASTER? DOES THIS INVOLVE WIRING CHANGES AS WELL? THANKS
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campbelcCommented:
Depends, you might want to check your network utilization on your NICs and see if you are taxing those cards as you think.

Press ctrl+alt+del then choose Task Manager, Networking and watch the bandwidth you're using.

If the bandwidth is staying very high, then yes it may help. If not, it still may help with burstable traffic for browsing and data base info.

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tninjAuthor Commented:
AVERAGE IS .25%
campbelcCommented:
Ok, so this will NOT help you at all.
tninjAuthor Commented:
any recommendations to help me browse thru the local network faster? As I said the w98 computers have no problem at all but xp & 2K are dog slow!
lrmooreCommented:
Enable Netbios on your XP boxes:

Enable NetBios over TCP/IP in WIndows XP

   Click Start, click Control Panel
   Click Network Connections.
   Right-click "Local Area Connection", and then click "Properties".
   Click on (highlight) "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)", and then click "Properties" button
   Click the General tab, and then click "Advanced" button , bottom right.
   Click the WINS tab.
   Under "NetBIOS setting" section, click Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP, and then click OK two times, the "close".
     ( ) Default
     (*) Enable NetBios
     ( ) Disable NetBios

   Reboot the computer.


Speed up your browsing of Windows 2000 & XP machines AND Speed up viewing shared files across a network

Here's a great tip to speed up your browsing of Windows 2000 & XP machines.
Its actually a fix to a bug installed as default in Windows 2000 that scans shared files for Scheduled Tasks.
And it turns out that you can experience a delay as long as 30 seconds when you try to view shared files across a network because
Windows 2000 is using the extra time to search the remote computer for any Scheduled Tasks.
Note that though the fix is originally intended for only those affected, Windows 2000 users will experience
that the actual browsing speed of both the Internet & Windows Explorers improve significantly after applying it
since it doesn't search for Scheduled Tasks anymore.
Here's how :

Open up the Registry and go to :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace

Under that branch, select the key :{D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF} and delete it.

This is key that instructs Windows to search for Scheduled Tasks.
If you like you may want to export the exact branch so that you can restore the key if necessary.

This fix is so effective that it doesn't require a reboot and you can almost immediately determine yourself how much it speeds up your browsing processes.

If you like you may want to export the exact branch so that you can restore the key if necessary.
This fix is so effective that it doesn't require a reboot and you can almost immediately determine
yourself how much it speeds up your browsing processes.


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BONUS TIP#2

Windows XP automatically searches the network for shares and printers upon connecting to the network. This is probably useful in a SOHO or home network but not the enterprise. To disable XP automatic discovery:
In Explorer, click Tools
Click Folder Options
Click the View tab,
Uncheck Automatically Search for Network Folders and Printers in Advanced settings list.
 
It is important to disable this setting in Windows XP because it is the basis of a seriouse security flaw in XP. When you click My Network Places, your logon password may be transmitted automatically to numerous unspecified computers on the LAN. Windows XP tries to acquire the shared resources list of all computers on the LAN. At that time, the users local logon password is used when the password for the shared resource is not known. Your PC transmits the LMhash version of you password.

If there are NT4.0 or any other pre-Windows 2000 PCs on the LAN, XP will transmit your password to the pre-Windows 2000 PCs during its share and print search. It transmits the LM hash which is significantly weaker than XP or Windows 2000 hashes. In order to protect the LM hash, XP has a registry value HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa\NoLMHash which if set to 1 will prevent XP or Windows 2000 from generating the LM hash. pwdump will not be able to acquire the LM hash, which is a good thing.


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