PC Slow When Connected to the Netwo

November 28, 2008 at 04:03:06
Specs: Windows XP, E8400 @ 3GHz / 2Gb
Hi all,

I have a PC which runs really slow when connected to the network, slow programs menu, opening files and folders etc... Unplug the cable and it works fast again..

I have tried my collection of most common fixes for this problem but none have worked... Im at a complete loss, maybe someone here has an idea?

1. It could be a DNS issue as you have recently had a new server.

I'd compare TCP/IP settings.
Start --> Run --> cmd --> ipconfig /all
Then compare this with another working computer that doesn't have these symptoms

2. Old Drive Mappings

Also make sure there aren't any stale network drive mapping(s) that points to a location which no longer exist. It might be trying to scan it when opening files and takes time before it finally times out.

3. Old Printer

Go to printers and faxes and remove any old printers.

4. If none of the above resolve the issue could you please try this setting and see if that resolves the issue.

Open My computer>File Menu>Tools>Folder Options >View
Uncheck the first checkbox which says "Automatically search for Network folders and printers"

5. Clear the Contents of the My Recent Documents Folder

To clear the My Recent Documents list, follow these steps:

Right-click Start and then click Properties. Or, if the Start menu is already displayed, right-click an empty area of the Start menu, and then click Properties.
Click Customize.
Click the Advanced tab.
Under Recent documents, click Clear List, click OK, and then click OK. Your most recently used documents are removed from the My Recent Documents folder. Note that this action does not delete the documents from your hard disk.


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November 28, 2008 at 05:47:57
reseat the network card if its external card is used..

check the new cables

check the network ports.
see that cables fit in perfectly

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November 28, 2008 at 08:59:06
Bring up task managers when slow and monitor what programs/network monitoring is going on.

Then compare to what the network cable is unplugged.

You can futher test if its something being loaded by coming up in safe mode with networking. If it works fine in safe mode with networking use msconfig to stop all non windows programs from loading and see if the slowness stops. If it does add one back at a time until you find the rouge.

Odds are its a firewall/spyware/network monitoring program you have installed.

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January 29, 2009 at 23:20:56
pc slow for a lot of reasons.:
Spyware,Temp files,Defrag,Disk cleanup,Virus,Bloated Operating system......

Here's some steps that might help:
1. Check for viruses/malware
Download, install, update and Immunize, then click 'Check for problems' then when complete select all and then 'Fix Checked'

2. Check what applications are starting up when you boot your computer (start->run->msconfig then take a look at the "startup" tab). Anything listed here will start up with your computer. Some of these things are necessary, but a lot are related to applications like QuickTime, Java, Nero etc. These things will run in the background and use up memory and CPU time.

3. download Perfect Optimizer and run to remove temp files.

4. Uninstall any applications you don't use/want.

5. Defragment your hard drive. (usually start->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Disk Defragmenter).

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