I don't know Dragon's, but I would check your BIOS and make sure your settings are set properly. Make sure that your processor and RAM and set up properly and your graphics card (it may be stuck in 1x mode or something like that) Also, make sure that UltraDMA is enabled in both the BIOS and in Windows. Make sure that you have patched the games, defragged, and checked for device conflicts. My guess is that it has something to do with your hard drive or CPU - since those are what would be running the hardest when something new has to load. You may have to flash the BIOS to the newest version to support the XP2000+ or to eliminate any compatibility errors. <shrug> hope that helps. maybe someone with a dragon will know a bit more about that board.