Acer laptop Aspire 5100, Win XP Pro SP3 - Accessing HDD is very slow (4 min to sign on screen then two minutes to desktop). Loading programs is just as painful. However, once programs are loaded (i.e. Firefox, Spreadsheet, email, Solitaire & Task Mgr.) switching between these and using them is snappy.
Have defragged multiple times, run chk disk, checked for virus & malware using several sources. Clean booted but no change. I suspect the HDD or could it possibly be a power supply problem?
Thanks for any comments or suggestions