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Is my super slow browsing speed down to a failed network attempt?


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Hi

Over the past couple of months, our main PC has been really slow when browsing. At first, I thought it was due to dodgy settings and had these checked via our ISP (TalkTalk) help desk.
Nothing improved and I began to suspect some form of malware. Over the last few days, Hammerman has been helping to check the PC and is confident that there are no issues there (see thread "Google redirect + other stuff, Help Please.....Web pages taking an age to open")
http://www.geekstogo...ff-t271839.html

Our laptop, which is connected wirelessly, is lightning fast by comparrison and it has struck me that the problems may have started after I tried to set up a network between the laptop (Windows 7) and the main PC (XP).
After much messing about, I gave up on the networking (I hadn't heard about you folks then)because the laptop couldn't see the PC and I just got stuck, fed up and disallusioned!!!!!.......so I gave up.

Is it possible that the problem I have now may have something to do with networking?
On one of the scans that I ran for Hammerman, this message appeared.....

Error - 20/03/2010 11:01:58 | Computer Name = MAINPC | Source = MRxSmb | ID = 8003
Description = The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer
OWENS-LAPTOP that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on transport
NetBT_Tcpip_{6286ACC3-C698-4. The master browser is stopping or an election is being
forced.

Any help will be gratefully received

Thanks

Edited by thebarracksfv, 23 March 2010 - 12:43 PM.

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try this...
Click Start ...My Computer Click on Tools ...then Folder Options... Click on View tab
Uncheck the first checkbox... Automatically search for network folders and printers.
Click OK and restart your PC...
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Hi Happyrock

Thanks for getting involved.......

I have tried as you suggest but it hasn't helped, unfortunately
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go to your control panel...network connections...get a screenshot and post it for me...
also get a screenshot of View workgroup computers...
To open My Network Places, click Start...then My Computer... Under Other Places, click My Network Places.
then The View workgroup computers
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hi

I'm not totally sure how to do this but here goes....

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This is the screenshot from the laptop (not sure if you need to see it)

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Edited by thebarracksfv, 03 April 2010 - 06:58 AM.

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sorry...sometimes I/we do not get email notifications letting us know your responded..
try removing the slow computer from the workgroup and see if the speed issue is gone
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Hi Happyrock

No worries....I thought Easter had taken over things.

I have changed the workgroup name on the main pc but no change I'm afraid
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YOU WILL NEED TO DO THIS ON BOTH COMPUTERS...
click on start...run...type in cmd and press enter...
at the the command prompt type in
ipconfig /all
then press enter
NOTE THE SINGLE SPACE BEFORE THE /
drag the bottom edge of the window down so everything is showing...get a screenshot for me
use a separate post for each computer so I can view them at the same time...
the post should let me know which is which
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Hi

Here is the main PC
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Here is the laptop print....sorry, I had to split it into 2

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go here for instructions on how Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on the desktop...


click start...run...type in services.msc press enter..check to make sure TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service is set to automatic and the service is started...
reboot and test the speed
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I have now enabled the Netbios.
The TCP/IP NetBIOS helper service was switched to automatic.
I have rebooted but there is no improvement, unfortunately.
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go here and take the Speakeasy Speed Test on both the laptop and tower...
post the results for both...
try 2 locations...1 close to you the other across the country

Edited by happyrock, 09 April 2010 - 10:21 AM.

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Hi

I am based in the UK so picked New York & LA.
The PC was really weird on the LA test. It did nothing for 30 secs then ran at about 1210 then right in the last few seconds spiked at 22256. I ran the test a number of times there and at San Francisco I have included the time that the test took to run for both the PC & the laptop (with the PC taking significantly longer).

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sorry didn't know you were in the UK...try here
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