I'm using Windows XP Media Edition 2005 on a laptop. When I startup, the several little icons appear in the bar at the bottom right within a reasonable amount of time. But two particular icons are always delayed, this is a longer delay that when the computer was new: The "local area connection is unplugged", and the "wireless network connection is not connected" They eventually appear and all is well. If I try to do anything before they appear, things don't always work properly. One example is when I go to open a hard drive or a thumb drive, the little red flashlight keeps sweeping left and right, never stopping. And that is just one of the little glitches that happen if I don't wait for the two little icons to appear. Now, I am talking here about at home, where I do not use the Ethernet nor the wireless. If I'm at the public library, or a hotel where either of these are available, obviously, I use the appropriate on, and all works just fine. In fact, the wireless icon pops up nice and quick. Meanwhile, here at home where I do 95% of my computing, I have to wait what seems like a long time for those two little guys to pop up with their little red Xs on them. Any ideas?