I've read the best laptop for VS2008 threads but I think there may be more to my situation, I hope someone can shed some light.
My company just got me the following:
HP Elitebook 2.5 ghz pentium III 3 gig ram SATA 7200 drive XP 32 SP3
Out of the box it has the following items in the start bar: McAfee Virus Scan Enterprise 8.7 Cisco Clean Access Agent Drive Encryption-Inactive
Synaptics mobile pointint device intel graphics accelorator something taking the place of the standard wireless networks (although I'm normally connected via Cat5)
standard install on VS2008, SQL 2008
On the surface I wouldn't expect this machine to be really slow but it is. if I open windows explorer I get between 18 and 25 SECONDS before items will display and control will fully return. this also occurs while browsing the tree.
I see weird pauses just doing Email, failed screen redraws and don't even get me started about using VS2008 which has all the file switching or Sql2008
I set up my tools on an imac (1.83 ghz) and parallels and it runs better than any laptop they've given me (this is the 3rd) in VIRTUALIZATION!