The switch to the Dell Core Duo machine has done just the trick.
Was up in running in less than 15 minutes, including all the Dell set-up gyrations.
Absolute screamer of a Windows box. Silly messages came up “This next step will take 3 to 6 minutes depending on your machine” and the new Dell had it done in seconds.
Fast enough on the installs that I worried it wasn’t taking right.
No problem installing the Flex-5000A drivers or Software.
Was on the air in moments.
Yeah – this is the way it should be!
More after the weekend – I will sit in the woods for a few hours hunting, so the new computer will likely sit until end of the weekend.