VERY slow browsing IE & Firefox - but downloads very fast!
Posted on 2006-11-08
I've been trying to solve a problem on a friends PC.
IE(7), Firefox & Email are INCREDIBLY slow (both via ethernet or wireless - tried both) - BUT - downloads and broadband speedtests are quick.
Both DNS lookup and downloading/rendering the webpages is painful.
He has a dlink ADSL router & even browsing to that is rediculously slow - 2 mins to load a page. BUT (another one) his laptop connects to it and the internet and run fine.
I put his PC on my home network & it was fine - we tried his old speedtouch usb adsl modem - it's fine.
I'm baffled: -
The DLINK "must" be OK 'cause the laptop works flawlessy with it.
The PC "must" be OK because it has no problems when attached to anything except the dlink router.
The ethernet cable "must" be OK as the same issue occurs if a wireless connection is used.
The broadband connection "must" be OK because speedtests produce good results and the laptop has no problems.
I checked the system logs and there are a couple of messages about "event_bowser_other_master_on_net" and MrxSMB EVent ID 8003 - which is odd as this is an XP Home system - but the MS guides to these errors seem to suggest they are nothing to worry about.
My current plan is to take my router to his house & see what happens then - but I'm still bemused and would love to know what is at the heart of this problem.
Any ideas, folks?