Someone stealing my bandwidth?

Sony VAIO PCG-K27
July 9, 2008 at 15:48:16
Specs: XP Home SP2, 1.6Ghz with 1Gb RAM
Not that I'm sure if bandwidth actually applies to a standalone laptop or not, but is there a simple means of checking if server molassis is some thing other than just that?

DSL speed checks are:

High:
The Upload Speed is : 962.2 KiloBits/Sec
The Download Speed is : 2857.8 KiloBits/Sec

Low:
The Upload Speed is : 360.8 KiloBits/Sec
The Download Speed is : 2857.8 KiloBits/Sec

I began to wonder about the connection speed when trying to download a 28MB file that would only trickle in at some 40 to 80 kbps, but as the upload DSL speed was about 400 kbps, would it be correct to presume that slowness was simply coming from the download website's server?

Lastly, might memory leaks result in speed issues? Tried looking into that and couldn't find any freeware to perform leak checks. Anthing free out there for that?

Regards and hap-e-trails, Steve Hopper


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#1
July 9, 2008 at 16:11:23
You have all the goods needed already.

Start with perfmon and taskman to see total bandwidth at your nic as well as other issues related to networking speed and computer anything.

DSL is not normally a shared like some other systems but it depends on many other things to tell rated speed. You might notice your contract will never state a guaranteed speed rather speeds up to claim.

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#2
July 9, 2008 at 16:20:54
Thanks for replying, but seems questionable to me as download speed is 18 kbps, while at same time, DSL speed checks at up 700 & down 2800 kbps.

If that's not a problem, What am I missing?

I also am frequently seeing issues with webpages that are nearly blank, forced to click the "go" again to get the page to fill in properly.

Also, when hovering start, programs, etc., it frequently takes nearly a minute before the roll out displays.

I'm thinking maybe I better go back to the factory 512MB RAM modules I had (2ea 256MB PC-2100 CL2) as perhaps computermemoryoutlet sold me a bunky RAM (2 ea 512MB PC-2700 CL2.5).

Regards and hap-e-trails, Steve Hopper


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#3
July 9, 2008 at 16:40:34
According to Crucial, your model takes DDR PC2700 or DDR PC3200 with a maximum of 512MB per slot.

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#4
July 9, 2008 at 16:41:45
You may have hit the nail on the head when you questioned the server's speed. Downloads on my 1.5MB connection average about 140-150K/s from most sites, but several others can't deliver more than 30K (and a few others less than 10K). Upload speed is relatively insignificant (for myself, anyway) since you almost always have more incoming packets than outgoing ones (unless you're sending lots of photos via e-mail).

You may want to try another (slightly more advanced) test (java-enabled):

http://myspeed.visualware.com/index...


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#5
July 9, 2008 at 16:51:46
It would appear no one is stealing your bandwidth.

What you describe are not signs of RAM or any kind of memory leak. Memory leaks result in resouces loss which is more than memory/ram.

First make sure your system is clean and tuned.

update and run your antispyware
update and run your antivirus
run chkdsk /r on your drive(s)
delete all the files found in \windows\prefetch [they will rebuild themselves]
run disk cleanup off the system tools menu
run defrag off the same menu

additonally you can use msconfig to come up without loading a lot of other programs upon startup. see if that doesn't effect performance.

second look at your nics connection speed. You don't mention if wired or wireless.

run ping tests between your gateway ip, your dns ip and the website. run a tracert to the web site in question.

You have to determine if the slowness is your system, between you and your isp or between your isp and the web site.

You have control over your system. You can get your isp to have the lines/equipment tested. You have no control from isp to web site

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#6
July 9, 2008 at 17:50:06
Thanks again.

As for the OS and things to check, nearly all are routinely done. And I simply don't muck the OS up with redundant app's or conflicting progs (50% free resources), plus I gave up on patches soon after SP2 because of the Doctorate's in IT needed to determine what's needed vs. not, so the system's pretty sleek and not too mucked by MS molassis.

As for patches, my AV runs a prog weekly that notes any un-updated patches and/or vulnerabilities, then sets up firewall rules to protect against those things (much better than endless hrs deciding what patches to install and totally better than what happens when an un-needed patch slips by, not to mention the nightmares of ruined OS's when trying to unistall MS patches.

But for you advice...

update and run your antispyware (weekly)
update and run your antivirus (daily)
run chkdsk /r on your drive(s) (about every month or so)

delete all the files found in \windows\prefetch [they will rebuild themselves] (done every week or two)

run disk cleanup off the system tools menu (done every other week or so, I even run registry booster about every one or two months, now that they finally enabled hits to be fully read)

run defrag off the same menu (done even if analysis says not req'd, when seeing note worthy chunks of red)

additonally you can use msconfig to come up without loading a lot of other programs upon startup. (done that long ago and every couple of weeks I check that to ensure new stuff's not there and things are as I left them)

second look at your nics connection speed (N/A, and ethernet cable is proper and good, and apparrently also good is the line filter)

run ping tests between your gateway ip, your dns ip and the website. (No idea how, I'll drill)

run a tracert to the web site in question. (seems I need to drill that, not fam w/it)

I think if the RAM's not the issue, and neither is the CPU (as it clock out fine and cooling too), could our illustrious leader's 911 spyware be causing it (I work sometimes for the DoD and sometimes mildly classified oveseas projects).

I just dunno, I've battled it til I'm blue in the face. Only thing I havn't done is the HJT regimental cruisade.

Regards and hap-e-trails, Steve Hopper


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#7
July 9, 2008 at 19:43:25
Not sure what you bought. Does the speed tests show you are in line with your isp's claim?

Put a live linux cd in too.

Very few sites will offer the kind of speed a "speed test" site will. Almost all sites throttle the downloads.

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#8
July 9, 2008 at 21:17:44
you didn't mention which sites you were trying to download from but if they are per-to-peer then you might check to see if you are possibly "seeding" other files that you have downloaded from there. That will slow any download speed tremendously.

another idea is that you might be experiencing some harddrive issues.
control panel > admin tools > event viewer and check for any error or warnings given. To get more info on the warning...highlite it and double click it and it will bring up some possible identifying issues to determine what is happening!

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#9
July 10, 2008 at 10:26:06
Thanks again.

The website was eRightSoft's, ref. Super's version 32 installler download (peer to peer, yes-no?).

Potential event viewer alerts might be ID 7035/6 - The IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service service was successfully sent a start control/running state/stopped.

That repeatedly happens every so often. Not yet determined what's causing it, but those events don't seem to be happening exactly when or just before the download issue.

The website does advise not to use any download manager, but doesn't say how to do that and as unfam as I am w/that utility, right now I can't say if I use one or not.

As for the IE6 browser, the download wasn't interupted by the popup I sometimes see directing me to the browser's info bar (near top of browser page where one then must right-click the info message and allow the download by clicking 'download').

Also, re-booting didn't help.

Regards and hap-e-trails, Steve Hopper


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