Very Slow After Boot for 1 Minute

I have a clean install of XP Home, with all updates from Microsoft. After boot up, the system is soo slow for about a minute. If I go to My Computer, I just get the torch, if I try & use e-mail, nothing happens until it has finished doing what it is doing. This problem was there before and after installing other software or drivers.
I've asked before & it was suggested the unused network card I have is causing problems. The solution was to change ip addresses. This worked but only slightly. I've lost the post which doesn't help.

Can anyone tell me what's going on.

Thanks for any help,

James

Win XP Home
Gigabyte GA7DXR Mobo, Bios F7
AMD 1.4 TB 266
512 MBytes PC2100 DDR RAM
60 Gig Seagate Barracuda IV 7200rpm HDD
Cable Modem (Motorola)
Dial up modem (unused)
Network card (unused)
Lots of cooling
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  1. Just incase someone else gets this problem, I thought I'd post the solution.

    I believe XP was using the network card & trying to find a connection. The cable modem was not Firewired which I believe means it was not being used as the initial means of 'networking' (maybe not the appropriate word). I disabled the network card & all seems fine now.

    If anyone wants to correct me or expand on my theory, please post, I'd like to learn.

    Thanks,

    James
  2. Either you disable that network card, or do the following I explain here:
    <A HREF="http://www.btvillarin.com/windows_xp/troubleshoot.html" target="_new">Having an incredibly slow bootup and pause after login?</A>

    In short, good job! That's all it takes.

    Bryan
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