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Internet connection delay...

by MelH / December 10, 2007 4:00 AM PST

I re-installed Windows XP Home SP2, after a crash. Old system was two hard drives, 98SE on the first, XP Home on the second.

I've re-installed XP Home in NTFS format on the first drive and use the second drive as data storage only, no OS on it.

I setup the online connection using the Windows 'New Connection Wizard' and I can access the internet, using the shortcut icon I allowed to be placed on the desktop.

After clicking this icon, the connection is made as quickly as before and it appears I am connected to the internet. But, when I try to access the internet using my browser, or any other program requiring the internet, there is about a one minute delay before it connects. The only exception to that is a time-checking program connecting to an atomic clock, which does seem to connect. After the delay with the other programs, everything is as normal with connections made at normal speeds.

I tried using my modem on another computer and do not experience the delay there, so it is on my newly installed OS.

Where can I start looking to see where the delay is and correct it?

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I read the post twice and can't tell how it's connected.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2007 6:55 AM PST

Dialup, wifi, lan, satellite or other.

Also no mention of all the other drivers we have to put on the machine that Microsoft doesn't offer.


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DSL connection...
by MelH / December 10, 2007 10:00 AM PST

...and what other drivers do you refer to?

I did the install, SP2 install, motherboard drivers, etc. My ISP says not to use their software to connect, just to use XP's connection, which I did.

And I checked again on my other machine and it, too, is behaving in the same manner, so I'm stumped. Prior to this annoyance, I ran for about five years in my former configuration with no problems whatsoever.....then the great November crash!

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Now I have DSL but no...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2007 10:10 AM PST
In reply to: DSL connection...

Make and model of the DSL modem, router, etc.

Please try to make complete posts so the members don't have to guess.


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Gnet BB0040...
by MelH / December 10, 2007 10:20 AM PST connection, no router. I own another new modem, identical to the first, which I tried without any difference.

If I knew where the problem originated, I would post all the information about that particular area, but I don't. It could be Windows, the modem, ethernet card, I don't know. It has never happened before. So, if you require yet more information, I trust you will let me know.

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Sorry, I'm a little in the dark.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 10, 2007 1:36 PM PST
In reply to: Gnet BB0040...

I've set up many DSL modems from Westells to those newer units that Verizon is handing out but if it must remain a secret which it is then I'll see if others will guess this.


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It was the HOSTS file...
by MelH / December 11, 2007 2:06 AM PST

...I temporarily renamed it and tried to connect properly and it did. Did the same for my other computer and got the same results. All seems fixed and I now can connect quickly.
The HOSTS file affected both browsers, my email program and my FTP program. Renaming it solved all these problems.

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Odd but good news.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 11, 2007 2:43 AM PST

The stock install of Windows only has one entry in the hosts file and no DSL provider adds to it. How did that get changed?


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I have always used...
by MelH / December 11, 2007 3:26 AM PST
In reply to: Odd but good news.

...the MVPS Hosts file as mentioned in your Virus and Security Forum. Must be something in the last one that my DSL stuff does not like. I'm currently re-building the HOSTS file a few at a time. The one-liner in Windows works fine and I will add to that.
If it works, I'll stick to this solution unless something else crops up.

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