http://www.livedigitally.com/2006/08/13/10-tips-on-maximizing-laptop-battery-performance/

This model..."Our test unit, the Aspire 3003LCi, features decidedly bargain-bin components: a 1.8GHz AMD Sempron 3000+ processor, a meager 256MB of slow 333MHz RAM, a puny 40GB hard drive running at a sluggish 4,200rpm, and a low-end SiSM760GX graphics chip that steals up to 64MB of main system memory." will always be sluggish due to the above factors. From http://reviews.cnet.com/Acer_Aspire_3000/4505-3121_7-31532504.html

I fear slow is normal for this machine.

Bob