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Old 28 February 2010, 15:55   #1
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Internet sort of slowish?

My internet is working fine and pages open quick enough. The problem is opening and closing tabs can take about 10 seconds, when typing into google the letters also take a while to appear.
Is this a problem with explorer or my PC? Everything else seems to be working as normal, PC doesn't seem slow?
Any ideas on how I can sort it?
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What o/s and browser do you use ?
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Old 28 February 2010, 16:47   #3
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Vista and IE 7.

Auto updates are turned off, some people have said leave them on, some leave them off.
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I always leave updates turned on which is best but leave it set to notify you first before downloading so you can choose when its convenient so it wont slow down your PC when you are using it. I'm not a fan of Vista I prefer XP or Windows 7, and also,.. IE 8 is now the standard version,.. you could try Firefox, which is very good.... clicky and will import your faves etc and see if you get the same problems ?

Try wondows 7 as an o/s one of these days .. its very good and you can get an easy a cheap u/g from a vista installation online from microsoft here IE 8 will come free with it .. or a whole range of other browsers they are now obligated to offer you
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Firefox has seemed to have done the trick, thanks for that.
What would have caused IE7 to slow down?

How do I get google to open automatically when I open a new tab in firefox?
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Something else you might try

If your ISP is having routing troubles, your connection to many web sites (including this one) could be going via a long distance route, making your browsing experience slow

I pinged the ribnet server tonight from my home PC and was sent via 89.149.185.74 (Germany) to IP Address 217.27.250.97 where the site is hosted in the UK .. So from Glasgow to London .. I went via Germany .. not an uncommon situation and it slows down a lot of peoples browsing experiences . A lot depends on network traffic, and 'peering' arrangements that your ISP uses .. i.e. diverting traffic when network load gets busy
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That last bit completely through me mate, how do I ping Germany?
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Firefox has seemed to have done the trick, thanks for that.
What would have caused IE7 to slow down?

How do I get google to open automatically when I open a new tab in firefox?

Could be lots of stuff .. usually add ons and browser extensions which I never use ,, they are like 'bloatware' for your browser and PC and slow everything down, there are settings in your browser for disabling them Tools/Internet options/Programs/manage add ons IIRC

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How do I get google to open automatically when I open a new tab in firefox?
Just set google as your home page
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That last bit completely through me mate, how do I ping Germany?
I wouldn't worry about that it doesn't fit with your 'symptoms' (i.e. net working fine, but keystrokes slow and new tabs slow) and that its gone away in Firefox. I'd be checking for malware (virus/spyware/key strokes etc).
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Could be a multitude of things.... like how many other programs you have running in the back ground, not enough physical RAM etc ..
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