Because I have no connection to Internet on my dual boot machine (no problem with W7 which uses the same HW). It's a classical sp3 problem which I couldn't solve despite the solutions suggested on several forums. Never had a problem with sp2.
Yes. Am using an ASUS RAID 1 microprogrammed feature and all operations became sluggish once I connected an external eSATA disk to the MB plug. Looks as if the RAID feature was trying to use the external disk as a RAID disk.
I don't recall exactly. It was recognized by the system, however. All operations under W7 were sluggish: mouse cursor would freeze a few seconds and then react, opening a file was quite lengthy, etc.
I stopped the pc, disconnected the eSATA drive and rebooted several times. At one point, I couldn't even get past the ASUS splash screen. Finally, after several attempts, when the ASUS RAID config screen appeared, the two original RAID disks were displayed as DEGRADED although this feature had been running perfectly for weeks. I let things run for about 6 hours (500GB disks, not full). To no avail.
When I disconnected one of the RAID disks and rebooted, the other was still labelled as DEGRADED, but everything was working fine.
One of the reasons for the bad ADSL connection (the on and off bit) is that I had plugged the WiFi network adapter in a USB extension hub. Once I plugged the adapter directly into a pc usb hub, things worked all right. That's with xp-sp3.
Things worked ok under sp2. Problems started to pop up after the upgrade to sp3.
This explanation is not valid for the laptop where an integrated WiFi card is used and worked fine under sp2. Problems here also started after the upgrade to sp3.