Hey, I had DSL before on this computer, and it was reallllllllyyy slow, but when i called customer support they said all the tests they ran on their side of the line were fine, so i get cable, and its faster, but when i download stuff they seem to slow down, and sometimes freeze toward the middle or end. My pc's hardware shouldn't be the cause because my hardware specs are more than the recommended requirements for cable. I'm suspecting that the problem could either be the on-board ethernet port, or an OS configuration. Are there any major software or OS configurations I could be running on my computer that has it working like this?
I have a 1.83GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, Windows XP Home, Mozilla Firefox
I didn't have to install any software for the modem or anything, I just plug the cable and I am connected.
It is possible that you are infected with some worm that consumes network resources. You could make a quick "netstat -n" to see if there is an abnormal number of connections, but to be sure you had better make a full system scan with a qualified antivirus such as norton or kaspersky.
I am a broadband installer and another site I go to is
go about halfway down the page and look on the left hand side for TCP Analyzer. Click on it and it will read your settings. About halfway down the new page of your settings is the Bandwidth Delay Product. There should be only 2 lines and both should be above 4000. If not, right where you saw the TCP Analyzeris the TCP Optimizer which is a free download. Download this to the desktop and run it. Select your adapter that your broadband is connected to and then select OPTIMAL setting. Select APPLY and it will ask to reboot. Do so and go back to speedguide to see that it changed the settings. Most of the time this will greatly improve the speed as well as doing what was mentioned in the previous reply.