Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Suddenly Slow boot


  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 peacespotting

peacespotting

  • Members
  • 9 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:01:05 AM

Posted 16 May 2009 - 06:32 PM

Hey,

Out of nowhere my Laptop has started loading bios to finishing startup in about 15 - 20 minutes - excruciatingly slow! Up until this point it only took 3 minutes.

It literally came out of nowhere - I had encountered no problems that I could tell, especially concerning running speed, and have not installed any new programs.

There is no error message - the process is literally the same as a normal startup except unbearably slower!!

Once the system has finished loading, all programs seem to start/work as normal but sometimes with a delay in first starting up.

I'm running XP Service Pack 2, Intel Celeron M 1.7GHz processor, 1.37GB RAM.

Thanks

(Sorry this isn't a bump - just wanted to say I have a feeling that it might be my hard drive that's dying... could anyone give their opinion as to if I might be right?)

Edited by peacespotting, 17 May 2009 - 10:28 AM.


BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 hamluis

hamluis

    Moderator


  • Moderator
  • 55,754 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Killeen, TX
  • Local time:06:05 PM

Posted 17 May 2009 - 11:42 AM

Hi :thumbsup:.

You can run a diagnostic on the hard drive. These tools are available at the respective websites of hard drive manufacturers. You should download and use the proper diagnostic for your drive.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

Since the system boots, I suggest that you consider running a series of scans for malware, once it boots. The fact that SP3 isn't installed indicates the possibility of your system being vulnerable to malware items which have been counteracted (at least, in part) by critical updates issued since SP2.

Those persons that devise malware...don't stop just because users have SP2 installed. SP2 debuted over 6 years ago and there have new methods of attacking a system devised since then...which won't necessarily be overcome by having SP2 installed.

I suggest that you try a couple of these free online scanners to see if anything has slipped by your protection:
(Be advised that some of these scanners will pickup things in "quarantine" from other anti-virus programs - so review the results carefully)

http://www.pandasecurity.com/homeusers/solutions/activescan/
http://us.mcafee.com/root/mfs/default.asp
http://housecall.trendmicro.com
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml
http://onlinescan.avast.com/
http://ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/scan.aspx
http://www.eset.com/onlinescan/

http://www.kaspersky.com/virusscanner Scan Only - no removal


If you find that you're infected (or the scan doesn't complete or closes unexpectedly), I suggest that you post in the Am I Infected forum located here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/

Louis

#3 peacespotting

peacespotting
  • Topic Starter

  • Members
  • 9 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:01:05 AM

Posted 19 May 2009 - 06:16 AM

Hi thanks for your reply,

I did a hard drive diagnostic and it seems that it's fine.

I then did a spyware test but about a quarter of the way through it slows down to a rate of about 1 file a minute!! :thumbsup:

And this morning the laptop fails to boot full stop - just get a 'ntdetect failed' error message and it reboots...

Some quick research tells me that I need to use the XP disc ... problem is that I never received any back up discs because apparently all the recovery stuff is done by partition ... and of course this doesn't get past the "inspecting hardware" stage --- have had a black screen for about an hour now...


Any thoughts?? :flowers:

#4 hamluis

hamluis

    Moderator


  • Moderator
  • 55,754 posts
  • ONLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Killeen, TX
  • Local time:06:05 PM

Posted 19 May 2009 - 07:46 AM

System manufacturer and model?

Laptop manufacturers generally have very specific instructions for repair options when the system goes awry.

Louis




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users