Does this happen with all web sites? Some web pages are slow to load at busy times of the day, Even with Broadband.
If you have just done an upgrade to XP you will need to remove all traces of Modem and AOL8 software, then re-install, don't worry you will not lose any settings, or mail/favourites, as these are held on the server. Post back if you think I can help any further . j.