slow process inter-communication

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tgm

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I have a W2K machine here that is driving me nuts with an intermittent problem. I'll give some examples:

Double click on a file or application in Windows Explorer will often hang for about 10~15 seconds before invoking the process.

In Wordpad, selecting 'find' in the menu will often delay 10~15 seconds before bringing up the find window.


Here is what I've got:
Windows 2000 w/ SP4
MSIE 6 w/ SP1
dual 750mhz intel
512MB memory (usually ~300MB in use)
Promise SuperTrak IDE RAID w/ 16MB cache
Norton AV 2003 (up to date)

The examples above are somewhat representative. I have seen the same sort of thing in a variety of applications but I tried to keep my examples basic. The event log is clean with no errors noted.

If I invoke an application from the start menu, I usually have no problem unless the program calls something else.

At first I suspected Data Access Components, so I upgraded to MDAC v2.8 and component checker says all is well. I did a close look at what is running with TaskInfo and found a conflict between Creative's Disk Detector and Windows (fixed). I've run several spyware checkers and all is clean.

At this point I'm sort of suspecting either Norton AV or some driver or maybe even dual processors, but who knows.

Any thoughts?
 
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