I've got an old Dell (Windows XP) with a Celeron D processor (2.53 GHz) and 512 MB RAM, with a three-generations-old Intel 865GV (Springdale) chipset. Is it "normal" for an old machine like this to take 1 minute and a half for the system to "calm down"? I've cleaned up the startup processes, cleaned up the background services, deleted unnecessary programs, deleted temp internet files and cookies, ran McAfee, Avast, Spy Bot Search & Destroy, Ad-Aware, and C Cleaner, error checked and defraged the drive, etc. In viewing the Task Manager the only thing sucking up CPU is the Windows "idel process". If I try to open up FireFox during this startup process it is a long wait! Again it takes at least a minute and a half. Once the startup "settles" then everything is very calm and stable. Is this just typical of an old machine to be this slow to settle?