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I use Adelphia's Powerlink Premier service (supposed to be 3Mbit) and am getting quite different results from the Bandwidth Test on different workstations:

 

Dell Inspiron 8200 notebook, 1.8Ghz, 1Gb RAM, Win2K Pro SP4 - consistently get about 1800 Kb/s. :angry:

 

HP Pavilion zd7000 notebook, 3.4GHz P4 HT, 1Gb RAM, Win XP Pro SP1a - consistently get about 2600 Kb/s. :blank:

 

IBM NetVista desktop, 3.06GHz P4, 640Mb RAM, Win2K Pro SP4 - consistently get about 3400 Kb/s :lol:

 

All three workstations are on the same LAN, connected to the same router and cable modem.

 

I just bought Optimizer to try on the Inspiron and it made no difference. I then checked the registry settings it had made and none of the keys are even present on the IBM, so I couldn't compare them.

 

Any idea why there is such a difference between these workstations and how I can speed up the slow ones?

 

Thanks!

 

Adrian

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You posted in the wrong section? I don't recall this being here before. I think someone tried to correct that and move the message but it didn't seem to work correctly.

 

Anyway, can you post a link to PC Pitstop full tests for those systems? Instructions are in the link below on "Post Results".

 

Also, are these all connected directly to the hub/firewall? Or is one of them the host for Internet Connection sharing and the others connect through that one?

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Hi Dave,

 

Thanks for the reply! I posted in this forum because the topic is somewhat related to installing and using PC Pitstop Optimize. I purchased it because of the huge differences in download speeds between these workstations and it had no effect.

 

I have a LinkSys router connected to my cable modem. All workstations are connected directly into the router with CAT 5 cable (i.e. not wirelessly).

 

The full tests I have run don't indicate any obvious problems except for minor data and file fragmentation, so I have been running a defrag all morning on the HP. I wouldn't expect that to have such an effect on download performance, though, since it's not a particularly disk-intensive activity?

 

When the defrag finishes, I'll re-run the tests and post the results in the other forum.

 

Thanks!

 

Adrian

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