Alright, I usually don't have to ask for tech support, but I'm at my Whitt's End with this. My laptop (08-ish) is running absurdly slow from time to time. Usually it happens when performing simple graphics (e.g. Diablo 2, plants vs. zombies) but it occasionally Chrome will bog it down too. That being said I can keep Matlab churning numbers all day long without a hitch. I'm running XP pro SP3 on a Core 2 Duo clocked at 2.4Ghz with 2GB of RAM and an NVidia Quadro NVS 140M in a Dell Latitude D830. I just cleaned off some old files to leave about 15GB of free HDD space, I've run Ad-Aware, Spybot, CCleaner (including CC's rege cleaner), and AVG which all came up pretty clean. I just reinstalled the graphics driver to no avail. I should also note that this is a reasonably fresh install (less than 9 months) and I take quite good care of my systems. Does anyone have any ideas here? I'm drawing a blank, a rather frustrated blank. Cheers, and thanks in advance.