My Dell laptop running XP has recently become very sluggish and in particular the internet connection rarely gets better than 21kb and drops even more when downloading a sizable file. It used to connect at 45/47kb all the time. I have tested it on other lines, same problem. Dell’s website indicated that the 3com driver could cause similar problems, however the latest driver did not help. After contacting Dell I received a 3 page e-mail in India speak starting with “did I have the power plugged in” well it wasn’t just that bad but nearly.
The laptop is well maintained, defragged, ant virus sp1 service pack etc