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    What's my my best configuration?

    Hi to everybody.
    This is my first thread at SPEEDGUIDE's forum.
    Just want to know which could be the best internet configuration for my PC. I've got a 128/64 k. cablemodem connection (Northern Spain), Windows 98 SE, 384 RAM. My modem is THOMSON TCM305 (USB 1.1).

    Want it for better performance with edonkey (0.50.1) and faster internet navigation.

    Is there any tweak to run the changes?
    My skilness level is not too high.


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    Dr Tweak mnosteele52's Avatar
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    Chesapeake, VA
    Welcome to Speedguide, please read here & here COMPLETELY AND CAREFULLY so that we can properly help you, please read it carefully since it will most likely answer any questions you may have. If after reading it you still need help please post the answers to the questions at the top.

    P.S. eDonkey is full of spyware, get rid of it.

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    Second Most EVIL YARDofSTUF's Avatar
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    Yes, welcome to SpeedGuide!

    Since you run eDonkey I would recomend you check out AD Aware.

    It's a great program for helping to keep spyware off your PC. Spyware can slow your connection down, so its best to run and update Ad Aware somewhat regularly, Especially if you use stuff like Kazaa, WinMX, or others.

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    Hi again.

    I have read all the instructions asked to. I hope to answer as well as I can.

    1. I have a cable modem connection.
    2. My ISP is EUSKALTEL, and my advertised speed from them is 128/64 kbs.
    3. Here are the results of the TCP/IP analyzer (I'm just copying exactly what I see on my screen): TCP/IP Analyzer:
    TCP properties for IP = ()
    Browser/OS = Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98)
    Notes: Read the Analyzer FAQ if the above is not your IP address.

    TCP options string = 020405b401010402
    MTU = 1500
    MTU is fully optimized for broadband.
    MSS = 1460
    Maximum useful data in each packet = 1460, which equals MSS.

    Default Receive Window (RWIN) = 65535
    RWIN Scaling (RFC1323) = 0 bits
    Unscaled Receive Window = 65535

    Note: Under Windows 9x, if you have RWIN set to any other value, and the Analyzer reports 65535 you might need to install the MS Vtcp386 fix.
    For optimum performance, consider changing RWIN to a multiple of MSS.
    Other values for RWIN that might work well with your current MTU/MSS:
    513920 (MSS x 44 * scale factor of 8)
    256960 (MSS x 44 * scale factor of 4)
    128480 (MSS x 44 * scale factor of 2)
    64240 (MSS x 44)

    bandwidth * delay product:
    Your RcvWindow limits you to: 2621.4 kbps (327.675 KBytes/s) @ 200ms
    Your RcvWindow limits you to: 1048.56 kbps (131.07 KBytes/s) @ 500ms

    MTU Discovery (RFC1191) = OFF

    Time to live left = 112 hops
    TTL value is ok.
    Timestamps (RFC1323) = OFF

    Selective Acknowledgements (RFC2018) = ON
    IP type of service field (RFC1349) = 00000000

    **I've got some doubts about these results. I've been taking a look at my registry settings and in "Default Receive Window (RWIN)" I've found this value: 372300
    Is it right according to the ANALYZER results?
    Should I make any other change?
    Let's go ahead:

    4. My operating system is Windows 98 Second Edition.

    5. All the software asked to be installed in order to remove spyware is already running. My Pc is now clean & dirty (hope so).

    Should I do anything more?
    Don't get angry If I've posted something wrong.


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    Dr Tweak mnosteele52's Avatar
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    Chesapeake, VA
    OK great do the following:

    Download the TCP Optimizer and try the following settings.

    Settings tab:

    select - cable modem
    check - custom settings
    network adapter selection - your NIC
    check modify all adapters
    maxmtu - 1500
    TTL - 128
    TCP Receive Window - 8760
    MTU Discovery - yes
    Black Hole Detect - no
    Selective Acks - yes
    Max Dup ACKs - 3
    TCP 1323 Options - uncheck both boxes

    Other Settings tab:

    Max Connections per Server - 4
    Max Connections per 1.0 Server - 8
    Lan Browsing Speedup - optimized

    Then select "Apply Changes" and reboot to take effect.


    1. Under your Configuration tab for your Network settings make sure you have only the needed protocols.

    2. Install the vtcp 386 patch and the NDIS Update from here.

    3. Open IE and select tools - internet options - connections - LAN settings, make sure NOTHING there is checked.

    4. ALWAYS connect your modem via ethernet (NIC) and make sure you have the latest drivers for your NIC from the manufacturer. Set your NIC duplex mode to 10mb half duplex for Cable, for DSL it is ISP dependent unless you are using a router, if so then set it to 100mb full duplex for both Cable & DSL (the instructions are in my Help & Tips link). If you are using a router make sure you have the latest firmware.

    5. Clear your temporary internet files.

    6. Power cycle your modem, unplug it for atleast 15 seconds.

    7. Download and update then do a scan with SpyBot 1.2 & Ad Aware 6.0 to remove any spyware then install and update SpywareBlaster to stay spyware FREE. YOU MUST USE BOTH AD AWARE & SPYBOT TO ENSURE YOU ARE SPYWARE FREE SINCE ONE FINDS WHAT THE OTHER MISSES.

    8. Make sure you do the faster web page tweak in my Help & Tips link.

    9. If you have Zone Alarm as a firewall uninstall it then visit for further instructions on removing it's left over junk.

    10. Install Outpost Firewall or Sygate Firewall, both have FREE and Pro versions and are heads above ZA.

    11. Scan for viruses with your antivirus app, if you do not have one get one IMMEDIATELY, AVG 6.0 is an excellent FREE AV app.

    12. Make sure you have ALL of the latest Windows Updates.

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    Hi mnosteele52:

    I'm trying to do my best with all the advices given. I told you in my first post that may skillness level on computers is not too high. So I'm going ahead as slow (but sure) as I can.
    I've got most of the applications already installed on my PC, but want to know whether there is any kind of incompatibility between my PANDA TITANIUM (virus fighter) and the OUTPOST FIREWALL recommended. I wouldn't like to have any crash or inestability 'cause they don't want to work together.

    As fast as I have the answer, I'll keep on and will tell you if all the changes suceed.



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