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I've noticed that the site seems to freeze for a while everytime I browse to a new page. I'm not sure if it's a change in the code of the site (DHTML or some such thing) or if it's the (new??) flash advertisements, but it is really, really annoying to have to wait 5-10 seconds after new pages load before the page is responsive; e.g.., before I can scroll or type something in the Search bar. (I use primarily the Boards, so I don't know if other parts of the site are affected.) This definitely happened on Friday *after* the site went down for "scheduled maintenance" and came back up with the new Search. It seems like more than the Search was changed, maybe the advertisement parts of the site were also changed.

On both my desktop and laptop, which are approx 1.8GHz/512MB computers with 32MB nVidia graphics, I have this issue. On a friend's very recent Core Duo fancy schmancy laptop, I don't have this problem. On another friend's one year old laptop (unsure of specs), the problem is much less (1-2 seconds), but it's still there and still noticeable.

Is anyone else experiencing this issue?

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  1. Yes, exactly as you describe it.

    1. I've been having the same problem. For example, I open the SF Bay Area board and have to wait ten seconds for the page is responsive. I click on a topic, read it, and go back to the SF Bay Area board. Have to wait another ten seconds for the page to become responsive.

      1. I've noticed the same thing, and both my computers are reasonably fast.

        1. It's easily twice as slow as before. Very annoying.

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          1. re: Frosty Melon

            Same problem here. At first I thought it was my computer, but it's only being sluggish on this site. Maybe I'm spoiled, but I don't want to wait that long, it's annoying. I hope they can fix it.

          2. You might post your browser info etc. in this thread--maybe the chow-engineers can zero in on what the problem is. I don't think I've noticed this problem, so, it must not be a universal thing. Sounds frustrating though!

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/417508

            ~TDQ

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            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Please see this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/417547 instead.