Apologies if this is the incorrect forum for this problem; I'm just not sure if it's hardware or software related.
So one of my work computers has a weird issue. It starts up and gets into windows quickly enough (well, for a cheaply-made Win XP machine on 512 megs of ram), but it takes somewhere between 3-5 minutes before it can access the local network (which is needed to access our inventory system). A second computer, which has the exact same specs as the first, does not have this problem. The little Network Access icon doesn't even pop-up to tell me there's no network access. It's just NOT there, but then poof, it appears after a while and everything's fine. If I try to access "My Network Places", the window is slooow to open, and then it just does the "searching flashlight" thing for a while. Heck, it's even slow to access the items under "My Computer", now that I think about it.
What are some areas of investigation I can look into to try to alleviate this issue? Hardware bottleneck? Too much software loading? Is there any info in particular you guys would need to help me pinpoint the problem (I forgot to write down the specs on my way out today, I'll get the full skinny if needed tomorrow)?
Now, we DO have an I.T. guy who we can call on for these sorts of things, but he's not always around, and it seems the way he figures it, as long as it works EVENTUALLY, it's not a big enough problem (He'd probably just replace the machine and charge my boss a grand, anyway; something I'm looking to avoid).
I'm only asking for ideas because it's not like I can just take the machine home and play with it; it's gotta stay in the building for second shift to use, and I don't have a whole lot of time during my shift to dedicate to trouble-shooting. Thanks in advance for any info/help/ideas!
-Steele ^_^ \/,,