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windows file and printer sharing (IPX) slow

by tai4ji2x / October 29, 2005 7:33 AM PDT

i'm a cable subscriber, and i have two winXP computers with distinct IP addresses connected via hub (no need for router). my windows file sharing is disabled for
TCP/IP (internet only) but is enabled over IPX internally at home.

i recently sent in one of the systems (laptop) for warranty service. nothing really changed except that i used the laptop's harddrive in an external enclosure so that i could access files while my laptop was being
serviced. except - i had to give permission ownership on the "documents and settings" folder on the laptop HD in order to access things from the other computer.

upon getting back my laptop, i put the HD back in, everything boots like normal, everything runs like normal... EXCEPT now trying to share folders or even navigate each computer's shares has huge delays, and i can't even transfer any files... all i get is an hourglass cursor...

the same goes with printing which is also shared - it now takes about 10 MINUTES for the print request to even go through...

it USED to be instantaneous, smooth lovely... but NOW... ;,,(

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by Merl Priester / October 29, 2005 7:44 AM PDT

TCP/IP is what gets IP addresses.
If you have no router, tnen are you using the internet on one only? And it has 2 network cards, one for internet the other for the LAN to the Laptop using IPX?

XP likes to have TCP/IP only. I don't know how your system is hooked up, and quite possibly it was kosher, but it sounds like your network is a might strange.

Use a router to the cable and then hook both computers into the router and set TCP/IP to automatic, let the router provide IP addresses.

Remove all network protocols except for TCP/IP.
Now try troublshooting the problem.

This is a standard hookup and works when all the bugs are out.

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more details...
by tai4ji2x / October 29, 2005 9:24 AM PDT
In reply to: IPX and TCP/IP

well, it was ''kosher'' before. had it running this way for years. no, i only have one network card for each computer. they have both TCP/IP and IPX protocols installed but only IPX has file and printer sharing enabled on it (under control panel->network connections->advanced->advanced settings->binding for local area connection, you have the option of ''binding'' the network services to specific protocals). i don't need a router because i purchased extra IP addresses from my cable provider (no need for a router to assign internal home-network-only IP addresses, nor any port forwarding), so all i need is my cable to be connected to the hub uplink port. theoretically, this way just allowed for some extra security in that outside (internet, TCP/IP-based) computers couldn't access my windows file shares

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by tai4ji2x / October 29, 2005 9:25 AM PDT
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"theoretically, this way allowed for some extra security in that outside (internet, TCP/IP-based) computers couldn't access my windows file shares"

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by Merl Priester / October 29, 2005 9:38 AM PDT
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So now that I understand, I have no idea why your having the lag problem.

Antivirus and Internet security software can cause this.
Have you tried removing the software to see if the problem goes away?

Grasping at straws....

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