There are many web sites that take extreemely long to finish loading, or even start loading. Many others, microsoft.com and google.com, load just fine. Here are a few of the sites I have trouble with.
Do not beleve this is a IE8 issue because I have the same problem using a fresh install of Google Chrome, and a 2nd pc also xp with IE8 loads these web sites just fine.
http://askbobrankin.com/microsoft_office_alternatives.html?awt_l=IZExh&awt_m=J81CaTa868P6SL header loads right up, bottom takes 25 seconds prior to starting.
http://www.slsc.org/WhatToDo/OMNIMAXTheater/RockyMountainExpress.aspx full page takes approx 25 seconds to fill
I did a fresh install of Google Chrome, it too loads these same pages slowly. I tried MSIE8 with no add-ons, did not change anything.
Otherwise the computer runs just great. XPSP3, all critical updates installed, MSIE8. Computer is plugged into a port on the router. My internet is Charter cable with 25Mb down and 3Mb up.
I have another older less powerful XP computer on same router, also plugged into a 10/100/1000 port on the router, this 2nd computer loads these page fine. I replaced the router twice. Current router, the 3rd, is a new Belkin N750 gigibit, also tried a new Netgear N600 gigabit router that I returned and exchanged for the Belkin. both computers indicate they are connected at 1GB via network cable, to the router. I tried each computer with the other off the router so there would be no issue of access. I have run the MS IE fix it tools and reset MSIE8.
The reason I replaced the router twice is that when I plug the offending PC directly into the cable modem, it loads these slow pages OK.
Any suggestions appreciated.