And if still bad, call it in for warranty. This should not be your first experience out of the box. Make sure you tell them it is 2 hours old and how troubling this is.
-> Also, you may have XP's INDEXING SERVICE enabled and it's working. It takes hours for it to finish.
Is it normal, that although I do not run any software my CPU usage shows CPU at 100% and a fan is on + RAM @ 1/3 (out of 1.5Gb-I've installed an extra module)? This is a brand new Toshiba M40 with Pentium Centrino 750 (1,86 Ghz)-2hrs out of the box, not even connected to the internet yet.