sorry about posting a new thread but im pretty desperate to get it fixed..

Parabrat i read your post..

XP firewall is disabled.
Have tried many ports on many networks
No speed patches
drivers up to date
i have tried it with no other apps running other than apache (would this affect it?)
Tried 2 Nics, 1gbps thats built into my mobo (Asus A7V8X) and a 3com NIC

As for uninstalling MSN IM, i will try that now as it has been causing other problems like slow startup.

Im not behind a router, i have cable modem into this computer, then back out to hub which goes out to other computers.