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Enable Network Card OnBoard Processor
http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/windowsxp/articles/372/1/Enable-Network-Card-OnBoard-Processor
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By Super Admin
Published on 02/25/2005
 
This tweak will enable the processor on your Network Card

Enable Network Card OnBoard Processor

This tweak will enable the processor on your Network Card(if your card has one - 3Com,what about the other i'm not sure you have to find out) designed to offload network processing from the CPU.This is disabled by default.

Open the registry find the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\
Parameters]
and create and DWORD value if does not already exist DisableTaskOffload.Modify it to 0=use the processor or 1(default)=do not use the processor.

I don't know if this will produce any performance boost but you may try it out.