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Xp Computer Very Slow On Bootup


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#1 bowworm

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 08:24 AM

Hi,

I need some help resolving a very slow bootup on my Windows XP Dell Laptop. I have gone through the suggestions for improving the performance of the computer but the problem still remains.

My problems seemed to start after I inadvertently left a children's movie DVD in the drive and booted up during a long flight over the holidays. The computer seemed to hang and subsequently I began to have all my difficulty. I am not sure if this is a coincidence or if it has generated a real problem.

After I bootup things seem to run but processes seem to hesitate or take a little longer to start.

I have up to date SpyWareBlaster, AdAware, and SpyBot and they find nothing.
I have defragmented the hard drive and removed unused programs.
I have gone through the startup items and inactivated those things that are suggested to be unnecessary.
Up to date Symantec virus definitions and a virus scan turns up nothing also.

The disk check fails to run.

Is my problem diagnostic of anything?

Thanks for your help.

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 09:09 AM

Why does disk check fail to run? Do you get any error messages?
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Posted 04 January 2008 - 11:20 AM

What errors in Event Viewer?

What is the Event Viewer, and Should I Care - Ask Leo! - http://ask-leo.com/what_is_the_event_viewe...uld_i_care.html

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 12:46 PM

Based on your questions I went back and tried the Disk check again and found that in SafeMode I couldn't perform the check but when I booted up normally disk check went ahead and ran.

After the diskcheck things are now running dramatically better. Rebooting takes much less time.

The event viewer says at some point I started getting many disk errors.

Should I do anything more at this point other than go back to some of the tutorials about streamlining performance?

Thanks!

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 01:01 PM

I think I would investigate any disk error appearing in Event Viewer, it's your pleasure :thumbsup:.

Do you do system backups?

Using XP Backup - http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:u1Ryg...+disk&hl=en

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 08:04 AM

If you're still getting disk errors in Event Viewer (after running the disk check), then I'd have to suggest downloading a hard drive diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive. This could be sign of impending hard drive failure. If you can't locate one, please post back with the make of your drive and we'll point you to an appropriate, free tool.

Some links are located at this URL: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

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