There are, unfortunately, many reasons that might cause your computer to be slow to connect to the Internet. But there are two major categories they fall into: Very slow to connect, but once connected you can surf at normal speed. Or, slow to connect and slow surfing.
Very recently I had a computer in for repair, the customer complained that he had to wait 5 minutes or more to connect to the Internet. And even check e-mail in his Outlook Express was a very slow process. But when I plugged everything in and fired the machine up on my workbench it worked fine. It connected in seconds and surfed the web perfectly acceptable speed.
So from this, it is quite obvious that he has a problem at home with his telephone line. I know this guy has his computer upstairs, so I suspect the problem lies in the upper extension of his line. It is a fact that your computer will perform faster on the internet if the line from the main phone socket on your computer, is as short as possible. And if your home is a long way from the exchange, this just makes things worse.
OK, but some folks, they position their computer to suit themselves and it is not always possible to site it close to the main phone socket. So what can they do to improve this? My daughter has her computer upstairs extension. On the computer, it uses touch Speed Broadband Modem and their web-site they list on the ‘Promotion of distribution’ driver package. This is specifically designed to improve the relevance of extension lines. It basically increases the signal, and add it certainly daughters of my computer. If your modem came with the installation disc, pop it back in and it should have an option for “update drivers” or “Check for new software ‘or something similar. It is worth to update your drivers from time to time.
the only other option if your computer is a long way from the main phone socket, is going wireless. Choose the fastest Wireless combined router and modem you can afford. It plugs directly into the main phone socket you plug the USB receiver into each computer, if you have more than one.
Slow to connect but OK when finally online, usually, but not always does the problem lies in your internal phone lines, or your computer is lacking resources. More RAM and a faster CPU is required today. Anti-Virus your Suite uses a lot more resources than it used to do as it tries to defend all aspects of the on-line experience. It is particularly active and dominant when you connect to the Internet first, and will keep the most system resources for itself in the first two or three minutes. If you have too little capital, it is even possible to require 100% for personal use. ‘Job’ is to protect your computer and it uses what resources are available to do this. Once again, it is worth checking the website of the Anti-Virus vendor, they may have a ‘patch’ or ‘fix’ for this issue.
When you connect to the Internet first, as well as throwing a security shield around the computer, Anti-virus program will also call home, to search for new ones. It is worth to be a little patient for the first two or three minutes, while Anti-Virus performs this task. Look for two small computer screens on the Task Bar phone, near the clock. If they are both described, this means activity between your computer and the Internet, and you can bet your life, Anti-Virus has elbowed everything else aside and call home. Another “clue” that this is happening is the Red LED Hard disk light on your computer case will go crazy! Keep an eye on these two mini screens and wait for both to go out, and then watch LED. It will probably show hard drive activity for a few moments longer by two displays have gone out. This is just your Anti-Virus loading those updates again, it will use all or any resources until this is completed.
Now you have control of your computer back, you should find on the Internet will now load completely normal. If this is happening to you, then the only way to improve things to give your computer more resources. Either more RAM faster CPU or both. For Windows XP of the “minimal” you should have a 1 GHz CPU and 512MB RAM. Accepted the recommended system requirements are Pentium 4 1.7 GHz CPU and 1 GHz RAM. Uninstalling programs that you no longer will also improve the available resources.
Incidentally, there are times during the day when the Internet is particularly busy. Usually around 5 – 6pm when all companies are sending end of day reports the head office and the like. Add to this the fact that children are home from school and they are all scrambling to get on the internet.
However, if your computer is slow to connect to the internet and also painfully slow to load pages, then probably, your computer is too low on resources or there is a fault on the external phone line. One recent client I had, where we able to discover that it was failing on-site replacement, who was causing his slow connection. Most operators can easily make a Line-Test on the Internet, it only takes a few moments and is well worth giving it a try before investing in upgrades.
Finally, if the connection is suddenly to be much slower, then the problem is most likely a recent addition to your PC. This could be the new software or upgrading. ActiveX controls are notorious for causing trouble. Have you installed the update Flash Player or other installation? If so, try to remove it with Control Panel – Add / Remove. You can always install it again later. Also run a full system scan with your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs, only if your computer has become infected.