First post, by WildW
Hi folks - I wonder if you have any advice for an odd issue. Pentium III 450MHz machine with Windows 98SE, 256MB ram, 80GB IDE hard disk and 3Com 3c905c-tx 10/100 PCI network card. I was copying files over to this PC from my modern machine and noticed that the transfers were really slow. Transfer of even a single large file goes no faster than 1.5 MB per second at the most according to the Windows 10 source machine, and the time it takes seems to confirm that figure is about right. Copying from the P3 to the modern machine I see 3MB per second, suggesting that writing on the P3 machine is part of the issue, but perhaps not all of it.
I've tried some basic things - swapping out the network cable made no difference. I ran a benchmark on the hard disk and for larger writes it's capable of writing 10 to 20 MB per second. The network card is the only PCI card in the machine, so I don't think it's a bus bandwidth limitation. PCI should be capable of up to 133MB per second, right? I do have a different network card I could try but haven't done so yet.
Where's the bottleneck likely to be? Am I expecting too much of this machine and/or OS?