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Recently when booting into xp I get a pause of about three to four
minutes before I can connect to the internet. When I go to 'connect to'
on the start menu, the little pop-out window that shows my isp freezes
for several minutes before the connect box eventually pops up on the
This has only started happening over the last week.
In an attempt to see if starting in safe mode would resolve the problem,
I have repeatedly tried holding down F8 when rebooting my machine. But
after getting to the screen listing the various start-up options, and
selecting 'start in safe mode' all I get is a couple of screens of
information about loading drivers etc flashing up. Then my computer
The only option is to switch off the power supply and start again in
This seems like surprising behaviour, given that safe mode is supposed
to load even when xp can't start normally. Any ideas about what might be
Thanks in advance.
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