Have checked the Device Manager/IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers. I opened the installed 'primary' and 'secondary' channels. In each case, I clicked on 'advanced settings'.
Results re 'primary': Device type: IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Device is working properly. Transfer mode: DMA if available. Current transfer mode: 'Ultra DMA Mode 5'
Results re 'secondary': Device type: all as for 'primary', except transfer mode is 'Ultra DMA Mode 2'.
I am only an intermediate user, but this does not sound like 'PIO mode' is the problem.
Should I just live with the problem?
1GB, DDR2,667 MHz memory [RAM]; 120 GB Hard Drive.
When I click on the Internet Explorer icon in the Quick Launch bar, immediately a window opens, with the title "Microsoft Internet Explorer", and my correct home page is shown in the URL.
However, the rest of the window remains blank for about 1 minute--it used to load almost immediately.
Once loaded, browsing from web page to web page is as quick as previously.
The same problem occurs when I try to launch the 'GMail Notifier' from the system tray. Very slow to load. This began at the same time as difficulty with IE.
Incidentally, at all times, there are no other programs or documents open when I want to load Internet Explorer.
Really appreciate your time and effort in helping me with this problem.