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    networking speed

    Hi all,

    My company purchased brand new Gateway computers with Win98SE. The computers came with the network cards installed so I didn't have to configure anything.

    We use Alpha5 v4.5 on the peer-to-peer network with one computer used as a dedicated server. But when I moved everything to the Gateway computers, the Alpha5 application slowed to a crawl.

    So I moved the data to one of our previous computers, and the speed was fine. So I'm guessing that there's some configuration of the network that I need to do on the new Gateways.

    Is there anything I should look for to make sure the network is optimized for use with Alpha5?



    RE: networking speed


    I am sure you will get better advice, but You may have a bad or weak new card in that Gateway. Gateway buys by price like most computer companies. Please check that first. You may even slip one of your old (known Good) cards into it. I ONLY use 3com cards in the computers I sell and I remove any cards I find in other computers and replace with 3com when doing a network for others.

    Now I have run into a situation with 98SE where tcp/ip got busy with the internet and it was necessary to load the netbeui protocol onto the computer also. I am sitting at that computer now.

    If the Gateway is properly set up and working right, it should be as fast as any other. Did you try placing your Data on a different Gateway?



      RE: networking speed


      Thanks for the reply. I have tried the data on one of the other new Gateways, and had the same problem. I'll check for the netbeui.




        RE: networking speed

        Hi Rick!

        Rick Valenzuela wrote (in part):
        But when I moved everything to the Gateway computers, the Alpha5 application slowed to a crawl.

        A quick check of the gateway web site showed that they are currently bundling Norton AntiVirus 2002 with their PCs.

        I recall reading posts (in a couple of other newsgroups) regarding Norton Antivirus causing a severe slowdown in the operation of database programs. I've read recommendations that Norton by default is configured to check all files for viruses - and for database programs that includes forms, reports, etc.

        One solution that was mentioned was to reconfigure Norton AV to check only programs and macro files.

        Another recommendation that I read debated back and forth was to turm off SmartScan in Norton AV, which was new in NAV 2001. My understanding is "SmartScan" is an attempt to discover viruses not in the definition file by looking at every file that is opened or changed and trying to determine if anything looks suspicious. Thus significantly increasing the file open and manipulation time.

        Many have found that they could accomplish a performance increase by turning off an option in Norton called "SmartScan technology".

        Since I don't use Norton AV, I can't give you any firsthand reports, but you could also do a Google newsgroup search for further info.



          RE: networking speed


          I took your advice, and totally disabled the Norton Anti-Virus completely for testing purposes. Same slowness. So I think I can rule out the anti-virus issue. I also disabled it on the user computer to see if that had an effect, but it didn't.

          I'm gonna check to see if has the netbeui installed next.




            RE: networking speed


            Have you remembered to network optimize the database itself?

            i.e. are opening Alpha Five on the local work station and loading the database from the server? or, have you optimized the database to create a shadow copy which is being opened locally?

            I ask because this is something you would probably not do often, and if it's been a while since it occurred perhaps you simply forgot about it.

            -- tom