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I mapped a folder from one PC to the other on a two PC network. The folder contains 12,000 photo files. It takes less than a second to load on the PC the folder is on. But it takes 40 to 50 seconds to load from the other PC on the network. This can't be right. Both PC's are using Win-XP. The first has a 1.8 ghrz processor and 512mb memory. The linked PC has a 2.2 ghrz processor and 256 mb memory. Why is it taking so long to load on the other PC. What's rong....

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    I mapped a folder from one PC to the other on a two PC
    network. The folder contains 12,000 photo files. It
    takes less than a second to load on the PC the folder is
    on. But it takes 40 to 50 seconds to load from the other
    PC on the network. This can't be right. Both PC's are
    using Win-XP. The first has a 1.8 ghrz processor and
    512mb memory. The linked PC has a 2.2 ghrz processor and
    256 mb memory. Why is it taking so long to load on the
    other PC. What's rong.
    Donne Lail Guest

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    Donne Lail wrote:
    > I mapped a folder from one PC to the other on a two PC
    > network. The folder contains 12,000 photo files. It
    > takes less than a second to load on the PC the folder is
    > on. But it takes 40 to 50 seconds to load from the other
    > PC on the network. This can't be right. Both PC's are
    > using Win-XP. The first has a 1.8 ghrz processor and
    > 512mb memory. The linked PC has a 2.2 ghrz processor and
    > 256 mb memory. Why is it taking so long to load on the
    > other PC. What's rong.
    Your network connection to a remote HD is much slower than
    than your direct connection to a local HD. That is normal.

    There is room for improvement in M$'s implementation of network
    protocols, but some difference between local- and remote-access
    will always be there. In you case, the inherent difference is
    multiplied by 12,000,

    If you want to spend money and/or time on reducing the
    remote-access time, then you may try these:

    1. Replace the 10/100 Mb/s NICs with GbE NICs, and replace your
    10/100 Mb/s hub/switch/router with a GbE switch/router.

    2. Replace the commodity 10/100 Mb/s NICs with some that are
    optimized for performance instead of optimized for cost.
    Look for NICs that are designed for servers, although that
    designation does not always mean much.

    3. You aren't really using a hub, are you? Gag.

    4. Make sure you are getting FDX and 100 Mb/s on your NICs.
    Sometimes, auto-select doesn't work.

    5. Check and experiment with network params, including MTU and
    RWIN. Tuning can make a big difference. For starters, look
    for DrTCP.exe on the web.

    6. If all else fails, lower your expectations; you are, after all,
    running commodity software on commodity hardware, with (I assume)
    amateur network management.
    --
    Cheers, Bob

    Bob Willard Guest

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