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  1. I have a Linksys WRT54G ver.8 router with most recent firmware and every so often it acts up and does strange things. When I pull 10-50gb through it over a week or so, the signal strength goes from ~60% to disconnected in about 20 seconds and then comes back after 1-4 minutes. It will hold at ~60% for a few minutes and do it again. Eventually, it stops doing the cycle and just never comes back. Using Kismet in Backtrack 2, the AP shows up as a probed network, but it never shows up in the list. The AP still broadcasts beacons which contain the ESSID and MAC, but never a channel. The o
  2. Follow up: I have a spare laptop HDD that has a load of XP Pro SP2 and I haven't installed any updates to it at all, and this is what I got: So I think that confirms it. One of the "recent" (meaning in the past six months) updates hosed everything up. So, it wasn't the router afterall.
  3. Well I finally got around to hooking the modem directly up to my laptop since that's the only system I don't really care about if a malicious attack and loads of spyware comes in in the 15 minutes I had it booted up. The results are somewhat surprising, yet expected at the same time. Windows: Linux: So yes, Windows did speed up a little bit, but that's still nowhere near the 6.4 I got a few months ago. That must mean one of the hotfixes/critical updates hosed everything up, and I really don't feel like figuring out which one did it. I'll just use Linux for all my big do
  4. This one kind of irked me that Microsoft didn't release a patch for anything less than XP SP2 even though 2000 is still actively supported. However, without searching the Internet, I found out how to "teach" Windows the new DST rules without that silly patch. It's just three registry entries. Start > run > regedit Navigate to HK_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Microsoft > Windows NT > TimeZoneInformation > Eastern Standard Time (or this can be whichever zone you're in) In there, double-click on the Binary entry named "TZI". In there, you'll notice that there'
  5. I'm pretty happy with my setup: Asus KFN5-D SLI (dual socket F, 8 DDR2 memory banks, 8 SATA 3.0 headers) AMD Opteron 2210 (Santa Rosa core, 1.8GHz, L1: (64k + 64k) x 2, L2: 1Mb x 2) 2 x Kingston DDR2-667 (PC2-5300) ECC Registered 1Gb (KVR667D2D8P5/1G) Gigabyte 6600GT 16x PCI-e (500/1000) 256mb GDDR3 Rosewill 600w PSU (RD600-2DB-SL) HDDs: All WD: 40,80,120,200,320,500 (all IDE except the 500, which is an RE2) Benq DW1640 DVD+RW When I get more money, I'm getting the second Opty and two GB more RAM. Board will go to 32gb. I don't know how high I'll go. I use Linux a lot,
  6. A lot of people using older computers shouldn't even be using XP at all, but since that's the market standard and more and more software applications are requiring at least SP1 (I'm thinking about my Creative Zen Vision:M again..), a lot of people are almost forced to get it. There was a guy in my Cisco CCNA class that worked for the IT department of some company, and they were all still on SP1 because when they went SP2, 90% of their software didn't work anymore. SP2 isn't just a roll-up of security patches and updates, it's almost a complete overhaul of XP, and they really tightened down
  7. My interpretation of suspenders are for holding up pants/slacks. Of course, every part of the world, and even in the same country (ie: US) have different interpretations, but that's mine.
  8. I got my first copy of 2000 Pro from my father's work. He called up I.T. and told them that he needed to reload his laptop, and they were really busy, so they just gave him a flip folder of all the CDs they had and all the keys were written on them, so naturally, I copied the entire flip folder. Then at my job I got at college (I'm a student first, and employee second), I was digging through my office and the storage closet in the A+ lab and found original copies of 2000 Pro and Server, and they were the base releases--no Service Packs. Downloaded the network distributable SP4 thing, a
  9. I guess I'll chime in with my two cents. I've hated XP since the day it was released. It's a resource hog compared to 2000. When I do a fresh install with 2k, after deleting the files the installation left behind (driver cache and dllcache), I have 12 processes, 43,000K memory usage, and 320mb of disk used. XP can't even dream to get that close. I know you can go in and fine-tune everything and get it...well, kind of close, but you lose almost all functionality that is standard. 2000 doesn't need fine-tuning and tweaking because it was built lean and mean to begin with. XP is just too b
  10. I'm completely confused on the Windows issue. As I said, on a fresh install that's never contacted the Internet until trying the test, it does the same thing. I figured if it truly was the router, I wouldn't get more than the 2.7 going to the Internet period, regardless of the OS. And actually, that test I just ran in Linux, that was with a 20k/sec DL going on one of the other computers, so it's actually 20k/sec more than the test shows. I used to get 6.4 on Windows, on all the computers here up until a few months ago. That's what's so strange.
  11. Well I had a few short service outages over the weekend, and it appears they installed PowerBoost to my area during that time. This is what I get under Linux now with only 10mbit WAN port on the router:<blockquote>:::.. Download Stats ..::: Download Connection is:: 8470 Kbps about 8.5 Mbps (tested with 12160 kB) Download Speed is:: 1034 kB/s Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Server 1) Test Time:: 2007/01/22 - 10:58pm Bottom Line:: 148X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 0.99 sec Tested from a 12160 kB file and took 11.76 seconds to complete Download Diagnosis:: Awesome! 20
  12. Did that once before. Didn't even give me 50kbit more. I've got a lot of registry tweaks though, and it's not a program that does it, I just know all the keys and values off the top of my head to go add or modify. Just in case it was something with my Ghost image, I sat through the two hours of a full installation with the 70-something offline installers for all the hotfixes and security updates and then gave it a try, and same result. It's so weird. It doesn't really matter anyway. I'll just get the Cisco router in a few weeks and be done with this trusty ol'e Linksys.
  13. I have six or seven dual-boot boxes. I have Ghost 8 and I made that image on a fresh install without contacting the Internet before making the image. They're all clean, and I don't use software protection--hardware all the way. Router is a firewall, and I don't go to sketchy sites, so I'm clean. I have been challenged on this claim once before and I installed software to scan, and it found was my cookies for the five trusted sites I go to. Tried several different ones to make sure and all came back clean. It's not just one computer, it's all of them: Windows = 2.7mbit, Linux = 6.4.
  14. I got the latest one a month after it came out. 1.42.02, Aug 03 2004. When I do plug the modem into the computer, it gets in the 7's somewhere under Windows. Linux gets the same speed directly or through the router--6.5. I figured if the router really was going bad, everything would be limited to the 2.7 I get with Windows, not just one or the other. I'm quite vexed.
  15. Alright, well up until about three months ago, I was pulling 6.4mbit down on a 6/384 line. Not bad at all, I was fine with that. Then cable went out for about an hour and when it came back on, I couldn't get more than 2.7. Reset the router and modem, no change. I booted Linux up on the laptop and ran the test and got 6.5. <blockquote>:::.. Download Stats ..::: Download Connection is:: 6499 Kbps about 6.5 Mbps (tested with 12160 kB) Download Speed is:: 793 kB/s Tested From:: https://testmy.net/ (Server 1) Test Time:: 2007/01/20 - 4:06pm Bottom Line:: 113X faster than
  16. A classmate in my Cisco CCNA1-4 classes had one set up to begin with, and his wife started working at this new company and they required her to bring a company laptop home and use VoIP, so the company bought a wireless router and a cable modem, and got it set up in addition to the already-existent one. The second one never gets used, so he put Server 2003 on a basically useless rig with three NICs in it, the first two were connected to the two routers, bridged those together to make 16/1.5 effectively, and the third went to a switch that fed the rest of the house. He said it's pretty swe
  17. Yeah, you can do same drive or separate drives. You just want to make sure you install Windows first, because it tends to make things easier when using GRUB Boot Loader and having it set things up correctly. Also, if during the installation you come across a page where you can perhaps do some expert settings and modify the boot loader settings before they're actually installed/applied, you'll want to have GRUB be installed on the boot sector of /dev/hda (primary master HDD), or /dev/sda (for first SATA/SCSI disk). You can put the boot loader on /hdb or /sdb, but you'll have to tell BIOS whi
  18. Yeah, I've heard from quite a few UK friends that you guys get ripped off over there, unless you're within like 2km of the Exchange. Slow speed and you get charged for using too much unless you pay extra for unlimited. I feel pretty sorry for you guys. I get 8/8 when I'm at school.
  19. :::.. Download Stats ..::: Connection is:: 6324 Kbps about 6.32 Mbps (tested with 5983 kB) Download Speed is:: 772 kB/s Tested From:: https://testmy.net (Server 1) Test Time:: 2006/04/09 - 7:50am Bottom Line:: 110X faster than 56K 1MB Download in 1.33 sec Tested from a 5983 kB file and took 7.751 seconds to complete Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20060221 SUSE/ Firefox/ Diagnosis: Awesome! 20% + : 28.22 % faster than the average for host (comcast.net) Validation Link:: https://testmy.net/stats/id-I1E5OVZKP :::.. Upload Sta
  20. I have an older RCA (DCM-226) and it gets the same speeds as the new one DCM-315) they temporarily leased to me to try to solve some issues. I've been complaining for seven months about service drops and connectivity issues and they always blame it on the modem, but this time, it's their problem, not mine. Bottom line is that they have too much noise on the line I'm on. I was told that my Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) was 22.7 and I was told anything under 25 gets fixed. The connection keeps dropping with the 226, and the 315 lags occasionally, and dropped once so far in the past three d
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