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Playing Music from the WHS produces skips and then fails... RRS feed

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    I copied my library from a NAS drive to the WHS server's shared Music folder. I can nav to the folder and double click to play a song once I nav through folders to get to the tracks. It takes more than a few minutes for Media Player to connect and once connected it only plays in spurts then disconnects. I have tried this a couple of times and watch the WHS's CPU usage and network traffic and it's practically nill during the request. I repeat the trial on the NAS drive and it's instant and reliable.

     

    My WHS console is also painfully slow. I have tried multiple things like giving it a static IP outside of my routers DHCP range, but nothing has helped so far...

     

    Any idea's would be great!

     

    MicroSSG

     

    MSI P6NGM/Celeron 1.6ghz/2 gig ram/3 x 500 gig SATA's (non-raid) - all drivers manually installed and running fine

    Friday, March 21, 2008 9:24 PM

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  • Read the last post here: http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/ShowPost.aspx?PageIndex=8&SiteID=50&PageID=8&PostID=2271094#2271094

     

    "So on the suggestion above I upgraded the drivers for my Realtek RTL8169/8100 gigabit ethernet card and the problem is gone. It had been using the default ones from MS with out any problem just very slowly.

     

    In retrospect I should have noticed that something was wrong when all my transfers to and from the server were running about 3-5MB/s, after the driver chage that's up to 35MB/s."

     

    That would be fast enough transfer rates for internet but too slow for network use.

     

    My suggestion was going to be to do a Server Reinstallation if there was no DATA on the server.  I would install the drivers that came with the equipment that were designed for Windows Server 2003.  I would not update the drivers and run a test first.  If music skips, go to the manufacturers website and locate the updated driver.  Test again.  If music is still skipping, I would check Windows Update and see if there is a driver located there.

     

    The reason it is so tough for me to identify the problem is because most users are running into this issue with self designed equipment and various driver issues.  All skipping problems I have seen are usually a combination of Windows Home Server and a Windows Vista computer.  In solved cases, we have found the issue to be the network card or network card driver. 

     

    Tuesday, April 1, 2008 10:39 PM
    Moderator
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    OK,

     

    I got the Intel card installed in the Win XP SP2 instance, repeated the iSpeed test for copying the same set of data from the NAS to the WHS box and the speed jumped up to 64.5 mega bits per second, almost 3x from the onboard Realtek RTL8211BL. That in itself was encouraging so on to the next test...

     

    I reversed the copy from the WHS XP SP2 to the NAS and in that direction, the iSpeeds fell through the basement, 323 kbps... I'm not sure what to make of this? Any comments would be welcomed.

     

    Frantically I went to my client machine clinging to hope that at least the music would play. So I went to explorer, navigated to the WHS shared music folder, located the target song, right clicked and selected play which launches WMP in this instance and whoala, music! No skipping, no waiting, just music.

     

    I'm still a little nervous about something else going on at the same time, but at least things improved with a dedicated NIC. At least this customer is only using the WHS for photos. Storing, editing, sharing with children/grand children across the country.

     

    Thanks Joel for being patient on this. I think nVidia has some work to do on their chipset drivers...

     

    MicroSSG

    Friday, April 4, 2008 4:55 PM

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  • Friday, March 21, 2008 9:30 PM
    Moderator
  • Joel,

     

    I read that whole thread, and that took a while with a 4 and 6 year old running around...

     

    I have no Vista install anywhere in my local network, and I have no playlists as yet, I can't even get one song to play.

     

    I hope I can detail enough to help, but where you see holes just let me know.

     

    The WHS box is a Celeron Series 6 1.6 ghz on a MSI P6NGM with 2 gigs of ram and 3 x 500 gig SATA drives and an optical SATA DVD running the OEM version of WHS. I used MSI's install disk to get all of the needed drivers after the WHS install, including the NIC which is a Realtek 10/100/1000. The WHS is connected to a Linksys WRT54GS rev 2.0 firmware 4.71.4 port 1 and the WHS has a static ip of 192.168.1.20 well out of the range of the WRT54GS's DHCP range of 192.168.1.100 - 149. The cable is a Cat5e. I have no external drives connected to the WHS.

     

    The client I'm testing is a Sager laptop, Pentium 4 3.0ghz, 1 gig or ram, 60 gig 7krpm ide hdd running Win XP SP2. I'm connected to the Linksys WRT54GS via WiFi-G.

     

    I have a Buffalo NAS drive hardwired with Cat5e to the same Linksys WRT54GS - port 2 and is DHCP ip'd with no external drives connected to it.

     

    Media was copied from the Buffalo to the WHS, which took hours and hours???

     

    The problems I'm having...

     

    1. If the Connector connects, it is painfully slow. Screens paint after at least 5 seconds post click up to 30 seconds.

    2. The connector doesn't always connect, even though I can access the shared and mapped folders on the WHS. I get this error message: "This computer cannot connect to your home server. check your network connection and make sure your home server is powered on. If your home server has recently restarted, try again in a few minutes." My network connection is fine, the WHS is on and it wasn't recently restarted.

    3. Using the clients Explorer to navigate to the <Music on "Server"> share (which is media enabled), double click wait 15-30 seconds, double click on an artist's folder - wait 15-30 seconds, double click on an album folder - wait 15-30 seconds, double click on a song, then I get Windows Media Player v11.0.5721.5230 and it's message on the bottom indicates that it's opening the media, which takes around 90-270 seconds and just stutters 5 notes and 5 seconds of silence repeated until I kill the app. I've done this after mapping the folder and the same result. I watch the CPU and Network graphs during requests on the WHS and they never go above 7% at any point. Watching the same on the client reveals nothing as well.

    4. Copying files from the client or the NAS takes forever.

    5. the 60 gig backup of the client takes 90 minutes.

     

    Prior to the WHS box I used the Buffalo NAS for the same reason, central media server and backup. It works flawlessly. I've tried #3 again on the Buffalo and responses times are almost immediate. I can back up the client in only a few minutes. I can stream audio, video and backup concurrently on the Buffalo and not drop frames anywhere.

     

    This is a build for a client who, fortunately is in Florida for 6 weeks. I need to resolve this prior to his return or I'm in big doodoo if you know what I mean.

     

    Any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated.

     

    Oh, I have not succesfully configured my router using the WHS configurator. The best I've gotten is to manually configure it, run the WHS configurator and pass the first 4 test to fail the last 2. Essentially it is saying that the configurations have been done but can't be verified. All of my symptons were present prior to the router configuring and after.

     

    that's what I can recall, if anyone needs more info please let me know.

     

    <Update> I accessed the Music share through the console on the WHS machine and from there played a song while the machine was balancing and the CPU usage varied from 0% - 25%, with an average of 8%ish. I'm going to assume that there isn't much network overhead doing it this way since it seems to me that everything is going on locally and not through the router? Anyone know this? Any way I was a little concerned with the Celeron 420 running @ 1.6 ghz, but that doesn't seem to be a bottle neck.

     

     

    MicroSSG

    East Lansing, MI

    Go Green, Go White, Go Michigan State!

     

    Saturday, March 22, 2008 3:53 AM
    1. Do you have OpenDNS?
    2. Have you searched for updated NIC drivers for your home servers NIC?
    3. Does music streaming work? (I see you are playing music through the shares)
    4. Linksys does not have any routers on the Works with Vista HCL.  However, I've seen Linksys routers with the same firmware, model number and revisions, work differently.  1 allowed UPnP Port Forwarding and 1 did not.
    5. Have you tried disconnecting internet from your router and seeing if your network runs faster? 
    Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:30 PM
    Moderator
  • thanks Joel, I'll do my best with your questions...

     

    1. OpenDNS, not yet - I'm trying to learn if Comcast supports the port 80 needs. But this looks like a good way to standardize implementation of the remote access.

     

    2. I have the latest NIC drivers installed and all looks good there.

     

    3. I have no MCE machines, nor Vista. I do have a nice collection of WinXP sp2's which I dramatically prefer. Sadly, none of them have the MCE. I'm assuming you mean Windows Media Edition by MCE. I simply use Windows Media Player.

     

    4. I have no Vista in this arena, unless the WHS has something imbedded, but as I understand it, WHS is based off of Server 2003? I can port forward no problem.

     

    5. My network is blazing, with the only exception of the WHS. Anything to or from the WHS box is dreadfully slow, all other traffic goes along just as it did prior to the introduction of the WHS box. Backing up my client (Sager Laptop) to the Buffalo NAS goes in roughly 6 mins, the WHS takes, around 2 hours.

     

     

    I do have another WRT54GS Version 7, it's in it's box - I use it when I travel. I don't think though the problem is router related since everything else is working on the network.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2008 1:27 AM
  • Are you connecting with the laptop to the server via wifi?

     

    Wednesday, March 26, 2008 4:52 PM
  • Sager Laptop - WiFi G - Linksys WRT54GS - Cat5e - WHS

     

     

     

    Wednesday, March 26, 2008 7:17 PM
  • By Streaming I meant using Media Connect device such as a Xbox, Roku, Windows Media Player 11 (Vista only), etc...

     

    I would actually try a different network card in your home server if you have one around.

     

    Any event viewer errors?

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 7:02 PM
    Moderator
  • I'm worried that if a Realtek card would have trouble, what would I consider trying? It's a Realtek 8211BL with XP drivers...

     

    And maybe I should re-iterate. when sitting at the WHS box anything on the Web is normal in speed. I can download drivers anywhere from a normal 240kbs upto 1.2mbs around midnight. Pages load instantly. The problem is local to the network in my house, one machine to another only when the WHS box is involved.

     

    To me this points to the WHS OS, of course I've been wrong before... What do you think?

     

    Also, Where do I find Event Viewer Errors?

     

    MicroSSG

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 8:50 PM
  • The best way to view this is, the Windows Home Server operating system (OS) transfers information and backups their entire network without the extremely slow network problem.  The OS does work but it's not working well in your environment. 

     

    It's intersting you're able to browse the internet without any issues from your Windows Home Server.  But sharing files is slow.  I've seen many reports of similar issues that were driver problems or a bad NIC.  Sometimes parts do not always completely fail, they just run worse.  Now, I'm not implying that Realtek isn't the card to have, I'm implying that your Realtek card is faulty.

     

    Also, is this a fresh install of Windows Home Server, is there any real DATA on it?  If not, have you tried a reinstalling the operating system?

     

    Event view is found on your home server.  You can get to it by going to:

     

    • Start
    • All Programs
    • Administrative Tools
    • Event Viewer
    Thursday, March 27, 2008 9:10 PM
    Moderator
  • Interesting.

     

    This is a brand new build, there is no real data, just stuff from the client that I threw, well lobbed, well put in a wheelbarrow and hauled over to the WHS box to test before I installed it into my clients environment. So I can whack the whole thing and start over.

     

    I'll go over and look at the event viewer and try to copy it over here, or what looks interesting...

     

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    Application Log (I dumped it to a file, there are some problems)

    Warning 3/26/2008 4:55:20 PM Perflib None 2003 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/26/2008 4:55:20 PM Perflib None 2003 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/26/2008 4:55:19 PM Perflib None 2003 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/25/2008 9:43:00 PM WinMgmt None 40 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/25/2008 9:43:00 PM WinMgmt None 35 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/25/2008 9:43:00 PM WinMgmt None 40 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/25/2008 9:43:00 PM WinMgmt None 35 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/25/2008 4:27:57 PM Perflib None 2003 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/25/2008 4:27:56 PM Perflib None 2003 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/25/2008 4:27:56 PM Perflib None 2003 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 1:29:05 AM Perflib None 2003 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 1:29:04 AM Perflib None 2003 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 1:29:03 AM Perflib None 2003 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/19/2008 12:47:32 PM Windows Product Activation None 1005 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/19/2008 12:43:01 PM WinMgmt None 5603 SYSTEM MACHINENAME
    Warning 3/19/2008 12:43:01 PM WinMgmt None 5603 SYSTEM MACHINENAME
    Warning 3/19/2008 12:40:07 PM WinMgmt None 63 SYSTEM MACHINENAME
    Warning 3/19/2008 12:40:07 PM WinMgmt None 63 SYSTEM MACHINENAME
    Warning 3/19/2008 12:40:05 PM WinMgmt None 63 SYSTEM MACHINENAME
    Error 3/27/2008 6:37:12 PM Windows Search Service Gatherer  3013 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/27/2008 6:37:12 PM Windows Search Service Gatherer  3013 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/26/2008 5:06:10 PM Application Error (100) 1000 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/25/2008 9:04:53 PM Perflib None 1008 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/25/2008 9:04:53 PM WMIAdapter None 4099 Administrators JOSHUA
    Error 3/21/2008 8:01:29 PM Winlogon None 1218 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/20/2008 2:20:23 PM Winlogon None 1218 N/A JOSHUA

    Security Log (all was well, no dump)

     

    System Log (I dumped it to a file, there are some problems)

    Warning 3/27/2008 5:07:43 PM W32Time None 36 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/26/2008 9:58:06 PM W32Time None 36 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/25/2008 9:08:58 PM MrxSmb None 3019 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/25/2008 9:08:57 PM MrxSmb None 3019 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/25/2008 9:08:51 PM MrxSmb None 3019 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/22/2008 8:30:58 PM MrxSmb None 3019 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/22/2008 8:30:57 PM MrxSmb None 3019 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/22/2008 8:30:54 PM MrxSmb None 3019 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/21/2008 3:06:33 AM W32Time None 36 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 1:13:55 AM Dhcp None 1003 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 12:54:32 AM RemoteAccess None 20169 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 12:54:32 AM RemoteAccess None 20169 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 12:54:32 AM RemoteAccess None 20169 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 12:54:32 AM RemoteAccess None 20169 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 12:54:32 AM RemoteAccess None 20169 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 12:54:32 AM RemoteAccess None 20169 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 12:54:32 AM RemoteAccess None 20169 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 12:54:32 AM RemoteAccess None 20169 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 12:54:32 AM RemoteAccess None 20169 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 12:54:32 AM RemoteAccess None 20169 N/A JOSHUA
    Warning 3/20/2008 12:54:32 AM RemoteAccess None 20192 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/26/2008 4:54:19 PM eventlog None 6008 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/25/2008 9:04:24 PM W32Time None 34 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/21/2008 3:00:20 AM Windows Update Agent Installation  20 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/20/2008 1:37:49 AM Service Control Manager None 7011 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/20/2008 1:37:19 AM Service Control Manager None 7011 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/20/2008 1:06:48 AM Service Control Manager None 7000 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/20/2008 1:06:48 AM Service Control Manager None 7000 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/20/2008 1:05:46 AM PlugPlayManager None 11 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/20/2008 1:05:21 AM Service Control Manager None 7000 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/20/2008 1:05:21 AM Service Control Manager None 7000 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/20/2008 12:59:18 AM W32Time None 34 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/20/2008 12:59:02 AM DCOM None 10016 NETWORK SERVICE JOSHUA
    Error 3/19/2008 12:46:27 PM Setup None 60055 N/A JOSHUA

    HomeServer Log (I dumped it to a file, there are some problems)

    Error 3/24/2008 11:33:07 PM HomeServer Backup 262 N/A JOSHUA
    Error 3/24/2008 11:33:07 PM HomeServer Backup 270 N/A JOSHUA

     

    Internet Explorer Log (empty)

    __________

     

    I didn't notice anything network related, but then again I'm not sure that if it wasn't obvious that I would.

    Thursday, March 27, 2008 11:10 PM
  • Joel,

     

    I've been trying to wrap my mind around your faulty NIC card idea. I'm not sure that is it. The NIC doesn't care what kind of traffic it is handling, web, wan or local. To the NIC it's all traffic. The router cares by inspecting the packets and determining where the requests should go. The router is handling the WHS web traffic perfectly; I was watching the UCLA game last night streaming from NCAA.com while downloading tons of drivers. No issues at all with that. Transfering data locally is not ok, neither to nor from the WHS. Now this may lead to looking at the router but I have 3 clients, 2 printers and 2 NAS's all working together perfectly, so to me this rules out the router. The only source of issue to me seems to be the WHS server itself. But for the life of me I can't understand why.

     

    I have a duplicate machine waiting to be assembled for another client (what did I get into here?), what I'll try is to load up XP SP2 on it and load the exact same driver profile and perform the same tests to see if it has problems. The hardware is all identical, but I'll have to check to see if the hardware versions are identical. I'll work on this this weekend and let you know what I come up with.

     

    I know you guys are up to your heads with dev and bug fixes, I just read the thread on KB946676... As a PMP and former PVCS Strategic Engagement Manager I have much sympathy. I hope you guys aren't using not-so-Source Safe...

     

    Anyway, I'll help the cause any way I can. I'd like to run some net traffic tests, should I use what you guys do? Is there a package you prefer? Let me know so I can collect and disseminate the comparrisons.

     

    MicroSSG

    Friday, March 28, 2008 2:42 PM
  • For kicks, I removed 2 x 500 gig drives leaving only the OS drive. Deleted all files in the shared folders less the Software and deleted all of the back ups. Also I removed duplication from all folders and removed the Media Sharing option since I don't have anything that can stream...

     

    With only the WHS OS drive in play, and a pretty clean disk I then copied 540 meg worth of music from the NAS drive over to the WHS Music Share. I tried both the share folder in the Explorer's Network Neighborhood as well as a mapped drive to the WHS Music Share. Crossed my fingers and thought I had solved the problem, but sadly it still skips like a stuttering drunk.......

     

    So I turned on the Media Sharing for what the heck purposes and tried playing music again from the client's Win Media Player and same result, mad skipping.

     

    One the bright side, things have been snappier, but still slow. The 540 meg of music took 11 minutes to transfer, substantially faster than with 3 drives. Folder response is much quicker too, but still painfully slow compared to my NAS.

     

    The NAS by the way is still playing music, movies and backing up concurrently with NO skipping or lost frames...

     

    I'm gonna work on rebuilding this WHS box into a XP SP2 box and see what happens...

     

    MicroSSG

     

    Friday, March 28, 2008 7:36 PM
  • Read the last post here: http://forums.microsoft.com/WindowsHomeServer/ShowPost.aspx?PageIndex=8&SiteID=50&PageID=8&PostID=2271094#2271094

     

    "So on the suggestion above I upgraded the drivers for my Realtek RTL8169/8100 gigabit ethernet card and the problem is gone. It had been using the default ones from MS with out any problem just very slowly.

     

    In retrospect I should have noticed that something was wrong when all my transfers to and from the server were running about 3-5MB/s, after the driver chage that's up to 35MB/s."

     

    That would be fast enough transfer rates for internet but too slow for network use.

     

    My suggestion was going to be to do a Server Reinstallation if there was no DATA on the server.  I would install the drivers that came with the equipment that were designed for Windows Server 2003.  I would not update the drivers and run a test first.  If music skips, go to the manufacturers website and locate the updated driver.  Test again.  If music is still skipping, I would check Windows Update and see if there is a driver located there.

     

    The reason it is so tough for me to identify the problem is because most users are running into this issue with self designed equipment and various driver issues.  All skipping problems I have seen are usually a combination of Windows Home Server and a Windows Vista computer.  In solved cases, we have found the issue to be the network card or network card driver. 

     

    Tuesday, April 1, 2008 10:39 PM
    Moderator
  • Thanks Joel,

     

    My 4 and 6 year took precedence over my XP re-install this last weekend, so nothing to report on that yet.

     

    I used the drivers from MSI, which are NVidia drivers for the chipset, I updated them from MSI's website, but I haven't tried Realtek's drivers yet - I'll do that right now.

     

    Although I don't have any Vista on this local network, I hope that it works. Also, I ordered http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106005 this giga card from Intel. I tried to locate the url for the approved lan cards, but when I clicked the link, it was broken. I hope this card is listed.

     

    Thanks again for responding as I'm running out of time with this particular client.

     

    MicroSSG

     

    Wednesday, April 2, 2008 1:23 PM
  • OK, best I can tell, Realtek doesn't publish drivers for nForce packages.

     

    I checked my MSI nForce against nVidia and they are both nForce 630i / GeForce 7100 rev 16.08. More specifically the network adapter driver for both sources of drivers are 64.6.7 September 20th, 2007.

     

    Unless someone knows another source of newer drivers, this horse is dead.

     

    Just to re-iterate, I have no Vista instances in this mix, none.

     

    Thanks,

     

    MicroSSG

     

    Wednesday, April 2, 2008 2:56 PM
  •  

    OK, I just finished the comparison.

     

    Here's what I did...

     

    WHS Machine w/SATA #1 (WHS OEM)

    Drivers from the MSI site for the nForce chipset

     

    WHS Machine w/SATA #2 (XP Pro SP2)

    Drivers from the MSI site for the nForce chipset

     

    This is the same physical machine. The ONLY difference is that I have 3 identicle SATA drives in them. One has WHS OEM, the next has XP Pro SP2 and the last is disconnected. This will help narrow down the problem better than building out the other box that has all the same parts. This way if the on-board NIC is bad I would find out with the two different OS's.

     

    So here are the performance numbers from iSpeeder.

     

    Copying 8 Artists and all of their albums from the NAS to the WHS Box  (181 files/21 folders/412MB)...

     

    WHS OEM - 24.6 mbits average transfer rate

    XP Pro SP2 - 20.4 mbits average transfer rate

    - this was the opposite of what I was expecting considering all of the network problems I am experiencing with the WHS OEM.

     

    Play a specific track from the WHS box that's on the NAS...

     

    WHS OEM - played instantly, with no skipping

    XP Pro SP2 - played instantly, with no skipping

    -I expected this for both as I didn't have problems doing this prior on the WHS OEM

     

    Play a specific track from my laptop (client) on the WHS box...

     

    WHS OEM - (mapped and share) took 90 seconds to just open the media, played a few seconds and then frooze Windows Media Player

    XP Pro SP2 - (shared folder) took 90 seconds to just open the media, played a few seconds and then frooze Windows Media Player

    -I was blown away by this! I did not expect that the XP Pro SP2 OS would exhibit this behavior!

     

    Now I can safely assume that there is some sort of problem with the Realtek RTL8211BL driver that is killing it when trying to serve up some media regardless of whether it is from a WHS or XP Pro SP2 operating system.

     

    The Intel Giga NIC should be here tomorrow (oops, today now) or Friday. When I get it installed I'll repeat the test and report the findings.

     

     

    I hope this helps someone as well as the MS WHS Dev Team.

     

    Good Night,

     

    MicroSSG

     

    Thursday, April 3, 2008 6:29 AM
  • This probably should be moved to the Hardware area? It's most likely not WHS OS related since I reproduced the problem with Win XP SP2 and more likely a driver issue for the nVidia chipset.

     

    Thursday, April 3, 2008 2:39 PM
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    OK,

     

    I got the Intel card installed in the Win XP SP2 instance, repeated the iSpeed test for copying the same set of data from the NAS to the WHS box and the speed jumped up to 64.5 mega bits per second, almost 3x from the onboard Realtek RTL8211BL. That in itself was encouraging so on to the next test...

     

    I reversed the copy from the WHS XP SP2 to the NAS and in that direction, the iSpeeds fell through the basement, 323 kbps... I'm not sure what to make of this? Any comments would be welcomed.

     

    Frantically I went to my client machine clinging to hope that at least the music would play. So I went to explorer, navigated to the WHS shared music folder, located the target song, right clicked and selected play which launches WMP in this instance and whoala, music! No skipping, no waiting, just music.

     

    I'm still a little nervous about something else going on at the same time, but at least things improved with a dedicated NIC. At least this customer is only using the WHS for photos. Storing, editing, sharing with children/grand children across the country.

     

    Thanks Joel for being patient on this. I think nVidia has some work to do on their chipset drivers...

     

    MicroSSG

    Friday, April 4, 2008 4:55 PM
  •  MicroSSG wrote:

     

    OK,

     

    I got the Intel card installed in the Win XP SP2 instance, repeated the iSpeed test for copying the same set of data from the NAS to the WHS box and the speed jumped up to 64.5 mega bits per second, almost 3x from the onboard Realtek RTL8211BL. That in itself was encouraging so on to the next test...

     

    I reversed the copy from the WHS XP SP2 to the NAS and in that direction, the iSpeeds fell through the basement, 323 kbps... I'm not sure what to make of this? Any comments would be welcomed.

     

    Frantically I went to my client machine clinging to hope that at least the music would play. So I went to explorer, navigated to the WHS shared music folder, located the target song, right clicked and selected play which launches WMP in this instance and whoala, music! No skipping, no waiting, just music.

     

    I'm still a little nervous about something else going on at the same time, but at least things improved with a dedicated NIC. At least this customer is only using the WHS for photos. Storing, editing, sharing with children/grand children across the country.

     

    Thanks Joel for being patient on this. I think nVidia has some work to do on their chipset drivers...

     

    MicroSSG

     

    You're quite welcome MicroSSG!  I'm glad we got this working.  In the meantime, I did a search in the hardware threads for people with same NIC and they seemed to have issues too.  I will go ahead and move this to the hardware forum.  Thanks for your patience and due diligence in solving this problem. 

    Friday, April 4, 2008 10:50 PM
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