I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop and I connect to the internet via Vigor 2700VGST router. I use Kde 4.3 and have a fully updated system. I have been experiencing really slow web browsing in PCLinuxOS. Recently I booted Win XP on the same laptop in VirtualBox and tried to load the same web sites (using google Chrome) and found out that it was much faster. Tried about 20 sites in both windows and Linux and found out it took 3-5x longer for pages to load in PCLinuxOS (using latest FF). Otherwise, when downloading files, torrents etc. I'm getting full speed (3Mbit/s). I tried deleting and reconfiguring my internet profiles but with no luck at all. Also it doesn't really matter which browser I use, all are painfully slow. Ping is less than 1 msec on average so that should be OK. Even my desktop computer that is connected via eth behaves the same under PclinuxOS. Simply there is some kind of lag that I can't explain which causes that when I hit a link or website nothing happens for a few seconds (up to 10) and then the site loads in a couple of seconds.
Hope someone can help,
update: Firefox was slow even when I created a new account, however I just tried the latest Opera and it seems fast enough, almost as fast as in XP, but it is useless for me since it can't properly display many sites a visit. For example check out cnn.com - I don't know if it's just me but it is very distorted and almost unreadable in Opera. Btw. Opera in XP works flawlessly and fast. My experience is that all browsers work much better under Windows than Linux..can anyone verify that?