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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Back to normal!

For some reason, the new operating system, Leopard (Mac OS X 10.5.2), was VERY slow when accessing the Internet. Web pages took minutes to fully load, if at all.

Turns out it was the Ethernet card in the computer. The built in Ethernet port is dead, and the card uses a chipset that does not play well with Leopard.

So I turned on the wireless connection between the computer and the DSL modem/router as an experiment.

And that was it. The card was at fault and the wireless connection is as fast as the previous OS Ethernet connection ever was.

I'll see about getting a new Ethernet card next month, as I prefer a hardwired connection for reasons of security.

1 comment:

Dirk Gently said...

actually, a good WEP/WPA wireless connection can be more secure if configured correctly. The routers will generally have built in firewall features that can be very useful. not that you can't use software or o/s based firewalls, but it's usually better to have it on a separate machine and firmware is less corruptable.

ust sayin.