Slow file transfers

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Dwn, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. Dwn macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2008
    Hi guys! I'm actually posting for a friend of mine who bought a Mac fairly recently. I used the search and tried Google but couldn't find anything--sorry if this has been asked previously or if I'm posting in the wrong place.

    We're trying to use Windows Live Messenger to share files between each other, unfortunately the transfers are going very slow. We have absolutely no problem sending stuff to each other when he's using his PC (PC to PC) though. He tried port forwarding the Mac and once that didn't work he tried connecting the Mac directly to his modem, only to find that didn't work either. He also installed Messenger:mac but we got the same deal.

    Does anyone know how to fix our slow connection between each other? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    What version of OS X (on what Mac) and what version of Windows id your friend using? Plus using windows live on a Mac IMHO might be best used with a program like Mercury Messenger.
  3. Dwn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2008
    Thanks for replying.

    My friend is using Leopard and I'm using Windows XP Home. He just tried using Mercury Messenger but we're still getting a very slow transfer speed with it. :(
  4. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Your situation doesn't clearly indicate any specific problem that I know of, but it might help to try DRTCP021.exe on the XP system and put in a TCP Window Size of 65535.
  5. LTX macrumors regular


    Dec 25, 2008
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I always get horrible transfer speeds over MSN, no matter what computer I'm using. I'd suggest uploading the files to a free file hosting site like Rapidshare, Megaupload, Sendspace, Yousendit, etc. and sending him the download link.
  6. Dwn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2008
    Sorry for the late response.

    Thanks Amdahl but it didn't work and we're still having the same problem. This is so frustrating because we know it's directly related to his Mac. Anyone else have any suggestions we can try? We're losing our minds.
  7. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    Are either of the computers in question firewalled or NATd? That often screws up IM program's file transfer functionality...

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