Start-up & Shut Down
Faster Startup After Adding Network Card
After adding a network card to your Windows 95/98 installation you may notice a 10 to 20 second delay when Windows is loading at the graphic splash screen. This is caused by Windows attempting to poll your network for a TCP/IP address. Under normal circumstances Windows will not be able to find one and will manually assign you one. The delay you experience is the process where Windows is polling the network.
To eliminate this polling follow these steps:
The delay should now be gone. IP addresses for a small, local network are not too terribly important. Just be sure that you give EACH computer on the network a unique IP address. For consistency sake, always keep the first 3 set of numbers the same. There are technical details about why, but suffice it to say itís the best option.
Good luck and enjoy your "extra" time!
Tip submitted by: Robert Stinett
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