John writes in to tell us that changing the MTU settings in his registry using a tiny utility helped with his connection. Before I post I have to use the red font to warn you guys:
Modifying your registry is a delicate and painful operation. Make sure you have an adequate backup of some kind before proceeding. Just in case, I will link directions for using Safe Mode and System Restore at the bottom
There. Don’t worry though, Microsoft puts the same on all of their KB articles that involve modifying registry entries.
Here’s the Wikipedia article on MTU or Maximum Transmission Unit if you’re interested in knowing what it is. If you’re not, it’s ok. You probably won’t even notice a difference unless it fixes you.
I was having all sorts of problems with Talktalk broadband not connecting to all sorts of sites, particularly Hotmail. I heard on one site that changing the MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) size on my PC to 1400 would fix it. I am nothugely technical, but I found this great simple utility at http://www.dslreports.com/drtcp, dowloaded it and chaged the settings to 1400 on my Desktop, and Laptop (Wireless Connection) and everything has been brilliant since!! Even the performance of TalkTalk Webmail. I hope this helps some of you aout there from pulling as much hair out as I have over the past few weeks! Regards, JohnC
I’m not sure this will work for the USB modems.
If something does go wrong and your computer starts giving errors, or gives you a blue screen, do the following:
1. Start the computer in Safe Mode (read the article above, but you can get there by hitting F8 as the computer starts up.)
2. Windows XP will ask you if you want to restore once you get into Safe Mode. Say yes and let it do its thing.
Thanks John C!
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