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So I have a little home network. G class wireless router (D link), and 4 PCs. dell Laptop (bout 5 yrs old), a couple Built PCs and an old dell desktop. all except one connect through B class wireless cards. One of them, the dell Desktop (and it's probably the oldest - a P2, like 600Mhz), regularly stops for no apparent reason during downloads of more than 5 or 6 meg. The DL will pause and never restart.

XP all the way. This problem does not repeat with the other PCs. Bit of a hassle. Any ideas?

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Anything in the DLink's log?



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    Originally posted by CRZ
    Anything in the DLink's log?


Not on the card or the router. It says the card connects, reports its MAC. I just tried uninstalling the card and letting the PC rediscover it and I was able to copy a file on the network. It was failing on that too.



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Is that PC near a microwave or cordless phone? There could be interference in the one location that is not experienced in the other locations. You could try moving the PC to see if it would help.



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You could also run a program like Ping Plotter and ping one of the IPs of a different computer in the house at intervals to see if you get packet loss sporadically.

Have you used Netstumbler to see if someone nearby is using the same channel on a different wireless network? You may find that changing channels helps.



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I have walked around with my network discovery tool.No other wireless networks in the area. And we're low tech. No Cell phones no cordless phones in the house. One of our phones actually has a dial on it And it's pretty far away from the microwave. The uninstall/rediscovery might have done the trick - will check more completely later.

Got other fish to fry at the moment. I am trying to image the disk, using the test version of Acronis - just used it on my other PC. Moved from an 80 to a 100. Now want to use it on the PC in question here to move from a 10 to an 80. Get a message after the imaging and reboot of:

"Windows XP could not start because of the following ARC firmware boot configuration problem:
Did not properly generate ARC name for HAL and system paths. Please check the Windows XP (TM) documentation about ARC configuration options and your hardware reference manuals for additional information. Boot Failed. "

Go back to the imaged (the drive I wrote the image from) drive as the primary. No problem. So I am building an XP boot disk to check out the drive. I dunno what it could be.

I just feel DUMB. What the hell was so WRONG with DOS and OS/2????





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Why are you imaging it - to get around reinstalling the OS? Why not just put the second disk in and copy all of the files over?



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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Why are you imaging it - to get around reinstalling the OS? Why not just put the second disk in and copy all of the files over?


That's how I have always (in the past) upgraded hard drive sizes. And I needed to place a boot.ini file with the appropriate info in the root of the drive and everything was dandy. Microsoft knowledge base.

The downloads are still not as good as I would hope, but they seem to be better.

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Well, if you already own Ghost or something like that, I guess this isn't that bad of a way to go. I generally do this on the cheap using two disks at once and robocopy. It's out of the resource kit - you can use the /SEC /S switches to copy all security settings and subfolders (including empty).

It's more useful in the corporate world where you need to keep all 50 users in a workgroup set up with the same file permissions but you only want a folder, not a whole disk.

I think you can use dd on a linux boot CD to do pretty much the same disk cloning thing, and also for free. I've never done it but I remember someone telling me how to do it years ago.



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All seems to be good. I am not sure why this particular disk forced me to add a boot.ini file, but whatever. Acronis was pretty easy and a 15 day test is long enough. I am not sure how copying a disk copies the boot sector, but it is possible (I know it was NOT under DOS-OS/2-Win95) I don't know how NTFS sectors work as well as the old days.

Still tring to figure out why the downloads on this PC are less reliable than others.



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OK. I wasn't in the house when the event occurred, but I have seen the results. So... A friend of mine was using one of my computers. She was going through a computer-based-training type thingy off of a CD.
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