After 24 minutes of waiting, the Welcome Aboard window came up in my
browser. The command window now contains

22:20:51.78 C:\InstantRails\rails_apps\demo>ruby script/server
=> Booting Mongrel (use 'script/server webrick' to force WEBrick)
=> Rails application starting on http://0.0.0.0:3000
=> Call with -d to detach
=> Ctrl-C to shutdown server
** Starting Mongrel listening at 0.0.0.0:3000
** Starting Rails with development environment...

******** Here is where it stuck. What follows came out and then it
began to work. I don't know whether there were delays between any of
the lines below.

** Rails loaded.
** Loading any Rails specific GemPlugins
** Signals ready.  INT => stop (no restart).
** Mongrel available at 0.0.0.0:3000
** Use CTRL-C to stop.

Now going to the demo page proceeds at a normal pace in a new tab.
Going to rails/info/properties takes forever.

Advice? Thanks!

Ron Jeffries
www.XProgramming.com