Some Win XP clients very slow opening files from SBS2003. Other PCs all fine.
Posted on 2012-08-14
I have a client with an SBS2003 server that crashed over the weekend. Power Outage I think.
Its a small network, only 5 PCs (4 x XP and 1 x Windows 7), all connected to the domain. 1 of the Win XP machines and the Windows 7 PC are fine, but on the other 3 Win XP machines it is now very (very) slow to open any documents.
I have been able to connect 2 laptops to the network, although not to the domain, and they both open and access files fine. I've checked network settings, DNS, DHCP etc., I'm even using a different Network Adapter in the server in case it was a faulty card.
I've downloaded latest updates on both the XP client PCs and the Server but still nothing. The XP machines connect to the server for DHCP OK and work fine with Outlook and the business system they use connects to the server via SQL OK.
The PCs can also open the file shares and browse the contents pretty quickly, but as soon as I try to open any file (Word, PDF, JPG - doesn't matter), the local PC hangs and it takes minutes to work. Sometimes the file then opens, often I get a timeout / failure to connect error.
Everything was fine on Friday, with all PCs. Something over the weekend, maybe the crash, maybe an update, has caused an issue with 3 PCs. I've tried all I can think of. Help would be very welcome.