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Peer-to-Peer Software and XP Service Pack 2

After installing Windows XP Service Pack 2 many fans of various peer-to-peer software will find that they no longer function. This is due to changes made to the TCPIP.SYS file in SP 2 effectively limiting the amount of connections a PC can make.

Quite why this change has been made under Windows XP is anyone's guess. A few reasons spring to mind though...

1.) Minimising the effect of SPAM sent out from hijacked computers

2.) Throttling peer-to-peer networks.

I've found a site that purports to have a fix for the problem, but I haven't tried the hack, although I've included the link if you are brave. (I will accept NO responsibility for any concequences of using this hack though.)

All this news will be a blow to the rising number of BitTorrent fans, who use it to legally download Linux distros and other open-source software.

Perhaps this will help Linux gain more ground over Microsoft's Windows?

http://www.lvllord.de/?url=tools#4226patch

XP SP2 and Netgear MA111

I installed XP Service Pack 2 last night for the second time after rolling it back previously.

The first time I installed it I couldn't get my Netgear MAlll wireless 802.11b USB device to work, I've since installed it on various other XP machines and with each install i've had different issues with the device.

I learned fairly early on that the supplied Netgear software wouldn't work under SP2, instead you have to opt for Windows XP wireless configuration, which incidentally has been slightly improved since SP1. Having said that it's still not perfect, since you have to enter your WEP in manually rather than use a password to create it like the Netgear software.

There are also issues with driver installation when you do a fresh install of XP and patch it with SP2 before installing the MA111.

The joy of computing :)

http://www.netgear.com/products/details/MA111.php