well, looks like it was definitely my computer. I copied all files, set up my server onto my desktop and it works beautifully. My laptop has enough RAM (2gb), processor is AMD turion 64 x2 mobile technology TL-64, 2.20 ghz, 32 bit operating system, 23.2gb free on my c drive. Any thoughts on what to do to improve performance on my laptop? Could I have set up my testing server in such a way as to slow things down? My computer seems to run well - photoshop, fireworks, flash all run well. Internet is fine as well. I am defragging right now and will do a disc check too. If I take it to a computer person, what would you tell them?