ArcGIS Online Layers Freeze ArcGIS Desktop

Discussion created by mfoster73 on Aug 13, 2013
Latest reply on Aug 15, 2013 by mminami-esristaff
I'm wondering if anyone else has this issue and if there is something I can do to resolve it.  In the past I have used the slick ESRI base maps for many maps without an issue - good, relatively speedy performance when using them in ArcGIS desktop.  Recently they have gotten so slow as to be completely unusable to me.  I have tried using them in different networks (home, work, university) and all have the same performance issues for me.  When I add the baselayer (even the simple grey basemap) my cursor just spins until i decide to end the Arcmap process via Task Manager.  Interestingly, when using AGOL only, I can create a webmap with any of the basemaps and the performance is super speedy.  Thoughts?
Thanks much in advance!