I`m currently running windows xp pro on my machine and 98se on my girlfriends both linked with a cross-over-cable (no hub) and two identical 10/100 NIC cards. Whilst there is nothing wrong with the connection and i`m happily using proxy software to share a (56k modem) internet connection over the lan, the time it takes when I send a file to a shared folder seems long for a network supposidly connected at 100mbs (which a presume is 100 mega BITS per second) A typical example was when I transfered my maps for the quake3 mod "urban terror" over to the 98se machine lastnight. A 180mb zip file took nearly 4 mins to travel along 5 meters of cable. I`ve not messed with my network settings in xp much, apart from setting my IP address for it manually, So I have yet to mess with the QOS packet thingy either. Should I be setting my NICs to 100 full duplex or something rather than Auto or is the bandwidth i`m getting just Atypical and normal for a 100mbs network?