Re: intel celeron (R) 2.4GHz help.
If you don't want to up and buy a new machine, and a different DE doesn't help (desktop environment (specified by above user)) then you could do some simple cheap upgrades. 1GB more of RAM (depending on the maximum supported by the and a new HDD. Less than $100 to upgrade both possibly, and that should help speed it up.
Where's [slooksterpsv] been? - I had Catastrophic partition alignment failure. I lost 90%+ of my data, and just now got it back fixed and working.