Try an rpm --rebuilddb to fix the RPM issues.
First, I am running RH 9 on my workstation and have a RH 7.1 box
running as a webserver. I mount /home via nfs from the RH 7 box to my
workstation. I have noticed that write speeds to /home are very slow,
with no obvious reason. If I copy a file from /tmp (local) to
/home/raymond (remote) it takes forever, and there is next to no network
usage or cpu load. Transfers in the opersite direction saturate the
Are you getting any TX or RX errors on the wire? Collisions etc? Retransmissions?