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XP speed test vs W7


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#1 wishmd

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

I have XP Pro on a desktop, and Windows 7 Pro on a laptop. The internet access speed is very noticeably slower on the XP. I did a speed test on both machines. On the XP I got a download speed of roughly 7mbps (I have a high speed connection through cable of 30mbps). On the laptop the speed exceeds - I get close to 60mbps! The PC is connected to the router but the laptop is not, it's on the home network.

I am pretty sure I'm not going to get the same speed on the XP because it's an older machine, but I'd sure like to get a little closer to the cable speed I signed up for.

So what might I have to do to achieve that?

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

When speed connection differs specially wired is slower than wireless though they worked properly, it is sometimes best to look for the obvious, which is the installed network adapter. Whether upgrading/replacing it which could improve the network speed or look for an updated driver version which could address the problem. See also here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299540

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:45 AM

I did not understand the metrics article at all. There is an updated driver for this adapter. What is the best/safest link from which to download it? Thanks.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:21 PM

What is the best/safest link from which to download it?

Hi -
There is usually only one place to be sure of a correct asd safe update, and that is from the maker.
Google the Makers name and look for Driver Updates, this is always the safest / only way to do it -

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EDIT -
Click on and run Speed Test - Be sure to totally ignore all advertising on the site -
Please post back your results from both computers -

Edited by noknojon, 30 January 2013 - 06:23 PM.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:51 PM

Results of speed test:
XP - connected via Ethernet: 11.17/3.45
W7 - Home network: 41.09/4.15

Here is the information about the adapter:
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_1039&DEV_0900&SUBSYS_585C1462&REV_90\3&61AAA01&0&20
Service Name SISNICXP
Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\sisnicxp.sys (2.0.1039.1190 built by: WinDDK, 32.00 KB (32,768 bytes), 11/22/2009 12:14 PM)

And this, from Device Manager:

SiS 900-based PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
Driver Provider: Unknown

I don't know who the manufacturer is or where to find the information.
Thanks for the help!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:15 PM

That Speed Test site that I linked is usually the most accurate for general testing.

On the XP I got a download speed of roughly 7mbps < < XP - connected via Ethernet: 11.17 < This is quite a bit better than your first post -

I have a high speed connection through cable of 30mbps << W7 - Home network: 41.09 < Considering your plan speeds this is quite OK -
You must also remember that there are many factors involved, such as your location, age of wires, people using the system (and how honest your ISP is).

As a general rule, over 10 to 15mbps is regarded as reasonable (although many will disagree) . Mine will average 15 to 20 on Wired XP and Wireless Win7.

I checked for updates on the SiS drivers, but yours was the latest that I could find - ( 11/22/2009 ) - I will add to this if I find a newer link -

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:01 PM

What desktop computer model is it? Try going to device manager and right click the LAN adapter -> Properties -> Advanced tab, Speed & Duplex. Try toggling Value from Auto to another bandwith limit and check the difference.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

Thanks Aussie Addict, I appreciate the help.
It may well be the age of the unit.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:29 PM

It's a "generic" - store built desktop. Here are some of the specs:

Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)

3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Hyper-threaded (2 total) Board: MS-6585 5.00
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T 04/02/01
500.11 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
252.18 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4163B [Optical drive]

Hitachi HTS545025B9SA02 USB Device [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 1, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD2500JB-00GVC0 [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAL78071074, rev 08.02D08, SMART Status: Healthy 1024 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory


Local Drive Volumes


c: (NTFS on drive 0) 250.05 GB 125.37 GB free
i: (NTFS on drive 1) 250.06 GB 126.81 GB free

I changed the settings as you suggested but so far have not seen a decided difference. Thanks for your help. :busy:




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