Hey! I know you posted this a long while ago (http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/903550-local-area-connection-icon-slow.html) about the slow LAN connection showing up. Did you ever solve this? I found a fix for this. I'm about to try it out now, thought you might be interested since I see no one responded to your post. Here's the link I found . . . http://www.computing.net/answers/windows-xp/slow-xp-startuptaskbar-lock-solved/8688.html I am somewhat confident this will work because the service in question discussed in the post above is usually not set to Automatic on my machine. We shall see. Thought I'd PM you and have you try it yourself as well.