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Browsing files on a network folder is extremely slow

Posted under Networking, Software by ifoundafix

The other day while browsing the Internet I Found A Fix for a recent problem I was having. The issue is described as follows;

I was trying to access a network share in a small peer-to-peer network and it would take between 30-60 seconds just to show the contents of the folder. The folder did contain a few thousand files but it still should not have taken this long to populate the folder.

The solution and description to this error is set out below;

If you are experiencing the same issue, there is a vast amount of possible reasons why you might be  experiencing the same problem. In my case, the reason was because someone had set the network card speed duplex to 100mb Full.


Changing this value to ‘Auto’ repaired the problem for me. For windows XP, click on START, CONTROL PANEL, ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS, COMPUTER MANAGEMENT and select DEVICE MANAGER.

On the right-hand side, open network adapters, right-click on the appropriate network card and choose properties. You’ll find the speed duplex settings here.

I hope you too have Found a Fix!

  1. Dan Said,

    Absolutely perfect! Just spent a good chunk of my working day (heehee) trying to solve this little problem. And it was something so simple, thanks a lot for the advice!

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