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Login Screen box appear after about 1 min when wireless enable

Hi There,

I am using Windows XP SP2 and Novel Client 4.91.

If the wireless is on, the boot up screen appears after a long time but If
I disable wireless connection it appears immediately.

I try on other notebooks with wireless card (different model), same
problem.

Please advise.


Daniel K
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Re: Login Screen box appear after about 1 min when wireless enable

Daniel,

Using Bootvis some of us have isolated svchost.exe (mrxsmb.sys) getting hung
during startup.
Is the Wireless Zero Configuration service disabled? If so, re-enable it?

Lets gather some more details about your environment...

Windows Event logs showing anything unusual?
Was Windows installed from scratch, a custom image, or an OEM image?

Security or any other driver-based software like firewall, VPN, remote
management or antivirus installed and running?

Can you give us any details about the make/model of hardware, NIC and its
drivers, etc. of said workstation?


BootVis is be a good troubleshooting option for general startup delays.
1.3.37.0 can be downloaded from various web sites to help you troubleshoot
where delays are present in XP's startup...

Fast Boot / Fast Resume Design
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/sysperf/fastboot/default.mspx

http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/bootvis/

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Re: Login Screen box appear after about 1 min when wireless enable

Tony,

We are having a similiar problem, but with a wired connection. As you
suggested, I tried using bootviz and got the same results i.e. mrxsmb.sys
delaying the startup. So whats the solution to that?
We have Windos XP SP2 with 4.91 clients connecting to NW 6 SP5 server.
Firewall has been turned off. Network cards vary with same result.
Symantec Corp. Edition running.
Please help

> Daniel,
>
> Using Bootvis some of us have isolated svchost.exe (mrxsmb.sys) getting

hung
> during startup.
> Is the Wireless Zero Configuration service disabled? If so, re-enable

it?
>
> Lets gather some more details about your environment...
>
> Windows Event logs showing anything unusual?
> Was Windows installed from scratch, a custom image, or an OEM image?
>
> Security or any other driver-based software like firewall, VPN, remote
> management or antivirus installed and running?
>
> Can you give us any details about the make/model of hardware, NIC and

its
> drivers, etc. of said workstation?
>
>
> BootVis is be a good troubleshooting option for general startup delays.
> 1.3.37.0 can be downloaded from various web sites to help you

troubleshoot
> where delays are present in XP's startup...
>
> Fast Boot / Fast Resume Design
> http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/sysperf/fastboot/default.mspx
>
> http://www.tweakhound.com/xp/bootvis/
>
> --
> Tony Pedretti
>
>


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Re: Login Screen box appear after about 1 min when wireless enable

Its likely some driver or service tied to Windows networking/binding hanging
mrxsmb.sys up. (eg. IPS/firewall, VM, VPN)
Uninstall any to verify.

I had the same issue with my XP SP2 box at home (no wireless).
Re-installing IPS took care of most the delay.

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Re: Login Screen box appear after about 1 min when wireless enable

i stopped the wireless config service as well as the firewall service but
still no luck.
I then uninstalled client 4.91 and installed 4.83SP2 and the login screen
appeared really quick (like the good ol days)
I have a feeling there are some setting in the 4.9x client thatc can be
tweaked to get a faster login screen, just haven't figured out what they
are.
Any suggestions?


> Its likely some driver or service tied to Windows networking/binding

hanging
> mrxsmb.sys up. (eg. IPS/firewall, VM, VPN)
> Uninstall any to verify.
>
> I had the same issue with my XP SP2 box at home (no wireless).
> Re-installing IPS took care of most the delay.
>
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> Tony Pedretti
> TransUnion Corporation
>
>


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Re: Login Screen box appear after about 1 min when wireless enable

When a wireless NIC is enabled, enabling/starting the Wireless Zero
Configuration service resolves the issue. The fact that its
disabled/stopped is what causes the delay in the first place.

If its a difference between the 4.83 and 4.9x clients than its possible its
one of the newer features like UNC Path Filter or Workstation Only-related.

Can you verify the issue is also not present with SP3 and then Update "A" on
4.83...

Production updates for 4.83
http://support.novell.com/filefinder/14232/index.html

One of the new, but unfortunately not well documented, features of 4.90 SP2
and newer clients is the "Workstation Only if not connected" functionality
in NWGINA. Rumor has it works only over IP and can be configured using the
various Workstation Only settings in the Advanced Login tab in the client's
properties.

A side effect of this network detection feature, especially for laptops, is
the Remember Workstation Only setting that defaults to On. For example,
when a laptop comes back into the office when previously logged in
Workstation Only, the Novell Client GINA will by default have Workstation
Only checked. Assuming users don't recognize this and their passwords are
synced with their local Windows accounts, they will likely login without
authenticating to eDirectory.

Take a look at this list and let us know which, if any, of these steps help
with your startup/login speed...

Enhance Client32 Performance
http://www.ithowto.com/novell/clientspeed.htm

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Tony Pedretti
TransUnion Corporation


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