It ended up being a bad network cable. Thing was, when it was moved a certain way to reach my son's pc, the cable would stop working properly, if I hooked it to my HP I didn't have to stretch it out at all and it would connect. It was a slight bare point in two wires about a foot and a half down, a tooth mark. His ferret must have bit just right on it and the two "orange\orange white" wires would touch. I got a newer cable to try and that's how I figured it out as his pc connected great. One of those "gotcha" things I suppose. Wasn't noticable until I went over the wire with a fine tooth comb. Anyway, it's solved.
Well the story is, I have a home network, and my setup is as such...
HP pavilion, running XP pro\ AMD Athlon , running XP pro \ one Linksys 4 port wired router \ DSL through SBC, guaranteed between 1 and 3 mbps. Now, both pcs are run through network cable to router, the HP has a very good connection speed with every test and have tested from Cnet and many other sites, running about 1.6 to 2 mbps, not too shabby. Now the Athlon on the other hand is running as such, start sometimes as high as 476 kbps, then slowly drops to 12 or sometimes lower, averaging about 125 to 90 kbs at best, upload is 421. I have checked the lines, even hooked up HP to the same line and worked fine, changed NICs, both 10\100 s , even did a fresh install and knew it wasn't spyware, viruses etc...I am an upcoming certified tech so I am no stranger to computers. I even shut off firewall, antivirus, and connection is the same, updated drivers, tried to tweak a bit however, when it comes to in -depth NIC tweaking and such , I am a bit behind yet. The Athlon also only has 256 MB ram but when I had cable, the connection was very fast so it should handle the transfer of info just fine. I truly don't know what causes this PC on this connection to be so slow, I even felt it may be the power supply whioh is suspect of going bad, I know this will degrade a pc drastically depending on circumstance but still, the connection is in BURSTS as well , as if it gets bottlenecked and then suddenly flows again. I am at wits end on this little scenario, any help would be appreciated.
Thank you ,