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Windows XP network file copy extremely slow

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I have a Windows XP Professional workstation joined to a SBS 2008 domain.  Recently, network activity has become unbearably slow.  It literally will take almost a minute to copy a 2 MB file across the network to the server.  No other workstations on the network are experiencing this problem.  I have updated the NIC driver to the latest version and checked the Event Viewer for any network-related errors.  Everything appears to be functioning normally.  Also, Internet downloading speeds are normal.  The problem appears to be isolated to local network file copying functions.  
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by:KruglerD
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Have you tried swapping network card?  I've had one go "bad" where it acted like yours is.  Once I replaced it, worked like a charm.
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Also, you may want to try changing ports on the switch. The port it is plugging into might be going bad as well.
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by:SirtenKen
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I had a similar problem and found that my workstation was not negotiating properly with the port that it was connected to. Verify that the two computers are running at optimum speed and duplex for your network: 100/Full, for example. Also get your network folks to check the port setting on the switch to ensure it is compatible.
If you're using Cisco equipment for the network, this article could be helpful, as it list the settings which create the mismatch conditions:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps700/products_tech_note09186a00800a7af0.shtml
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by:John Jennings
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Any progress on this, thyneman?
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by:thyneman
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Installed a new NIC and still no resolution.  What's strange is that I can copy a file from a network share to the workstation very quickly, but copying local files up to the network shares is extremely slow.
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Going to try another port on the switch.  Will post the results.
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