I do know that if you attached to some shared printer or shared folder and such is offline you should see that pause at 10 minutes. However since the exact time is controlled by the registry, any number is possible.
The three seconds sounds spot on.
And no, there was never a patch issued for this bug.
All my XP installations are SP2. I never downgraded to SP3 because of some very strange compatibility errors.
I have noticed across all my machines a phenomenon that I have called "USB dropout".
I am a typist and a reasonably fast one at 100wpm.
I have noticed that approximately every fifteen minutes the keyboard is re-initialised and is thus "offline" for approximately three seconds. So when one spell checks or proof reads a large selection of text, there are strange combinations of letters instead of between four and six words that should be occupying that space.
I am wondering if this same phenomenon is also responsible for some of those "failed to write H:\$Msft" errors that people get even when they have turned write-behind buffering OFF.
Any clues or ideas from anyone?