The setup: A modest desktop LAN with two systems, one running Windows 98se, the other Windows 95. Both have garden variety 10/100 ethernet cards, connected to a Belkin 4 port router, and thence to my cable modem.
Up until very recently, I hadn’t tried to tranfer any large files from one system to another, or download any large files from the internet to the Windows 95 system.
The problem: Recently I tried to move a 700 megabyte file from the win98 system to the win95 system. Windows put up the file copy/move progress bar thingy and said:
0% done, 180 minutes remaining
Playing around with moving some smaller files I determined that that 180 minute estimate was in the ballpark. Also, I think my downloads off the internet are slower with the Win95 system, I’m not sure tho, I haven’t tried to do any serious downloading with it, I just use it to web surf.
Doing some googling I discovered that my connection ought to be much faster. As I’d suspected. One suggestion I found was to make sure the ethernet card was set to 100 Mbs/full duplex, instead of auto, so I tried that, in both systems, no improvement.
I can download a file off the internet to my Win98 system faster than I can transfer it across my LAN to my Win95 system. This is screwed up. Someone please toss me a clue, what’s wrong with my setup?