This is very odd. Are you sure that no PARASITE has crawled into the machine. And before you write "I have Norton." let me be clear that Norton doesn't deal with parasites. Here's why -> "It's not a virus."
The usual tools and a quick education are noted at http://www.doxdesk.com/parasite/
Also, any unused ethernet ports can be an issue.
I have a Compaq Deskpro running Windows 2000 upgrade from NT and printing on a HP Deskjet 930c. As a graphic designer my computer used to be able to print very large graphics files quickly. In January I had CompUSA upgrade my RAM to 256MB and put in a FireWire card (so I could use my iPod). I am now having trouble with printing times. It takes three to four minutes for my computer to process my print request even from a one page MS Word document that I am using as a test print.
I don't know if the new RAM and the Firewire card are related to the printing problem, but these are the only things that have changed. Would anyone have any insight as to what could be slowing down my computer's processing of the print documents?
Also, my computer actually seems slower in general since I got the new RAM, which is not at all what I was expecting. Photoshop file processing is no different than before I got the extra RAM. The only difference is that now I can use my iPod.
Any thoughts would be helpfull...