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  • Normally when someone has Win XP and a fast network connection to the interweb, but finds things slow I suggest that their machine is horribly infected. However if the machine is walled off behind a proper firewall, then this is less likely to be the problem.

    How fast is data transfers between your two machines? Is the XP box slow at everything, or just the interweb?

    You are probably correct, a Mac would have been a better buy, you can still save the PC by putting something more sane on it, such as a Linu

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    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
  • I really wish we had got a Mac rather than a HP PC with a ton of crap and badly configured XP

    I recommend completely reinstalling a fresh copy of XP or even going with Win2k. When I bought my HP PC it had so much vendor-installed crap running in the background it was unusable. Since I installed Win2k, things have been pretty good.

  • You might also check if XP is autonegotiating properly with your switch. You might be connected half-duplex and your switch is not. I agree with others that you should reinstall XP from scratch without all of the HP standard crap that they install. My parents bought an HP last year and the thing took forever to boot up until I removed all of HP's little applets.