I have a Dell Latitude E6410 laptop running Windows XP SP3 for work. It is a PITA to reboot due to increased security (card scanner and other physical security on each boot) and I am required to take it home every day, so normally I just put it in sleep mode and awaken it at home.
At work, while it is on the dock, I have no issues.
At home, I have long pauses when loading Internet explorer or explorer-related processes. These include:
- IE(using v7)
- Remote Desktop
- Control Panel
- Run prompt
- System tray
The lockups are anywhere from 5 seconds to 5 minutes. I HAVE to use IE for certain work things, so not using it is not an option. I use Google Chrome for web browsing and it works fine as long as I launch it first. During the lockup I can't launch any new programs, (including task manager!) but non-explorer/MS programs work fine and the internet connection continues to function. The task bar is frozen and I can't use the desktop, however.
Through testing I have found that this is ONLY an issue when I have an active internet connection. The laptop uses WiFi in my house, and I have no connection issues at all. I don't have any other peripherals attached at home, it just has the power cord and I use it on the couch.
This is making me INSANE. Any assistance is appreciated.-