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#1 Khevinet

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:14 PM

For a few months, my computer has been taking a very long time booting up. The system will boot up to the desktop, and then pause for two or three minutes before any functions can be run. There is also slowdown during other tasks, especially internet browsing. I have run lots of malware scans, and nothing seems to be terribly wrong. Could there be a registry problem, or is my system just breaking down?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks,

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:46 PM

Please, check, if you have same slowness, if booting to Safe Mode.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 11:10 PM

I did that before, with additional scans. It's still taking an inordinate amount of time. Are there any other scans I can run to figure out if there are issues?

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 11:16 PM

You did what before?
I'd like to know, if booting to Safe Mode also takes a long time.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 11:23 PM

I booted up in safe mode, and it still took a long time.
That's what I did before.

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 11:25 PM

In that case, we may be looking at some hardware issues.
How old is your computer?
Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key Posted Image, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")
- security programs in use (antivirus, firewall)

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 11:54 PM

It's about three years old, a notebook

processor: Inter Core2 Duo CPU T5750 @ 2.00ghz
RAM - 4GB

Hard Drive is 284GB with 75GB free

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 12:11 AM

- security programs in use (antivirus, firewall)


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Posted 26 January 2011 - 12:20 AM

Sorry, I'm using the normal windows firewall, and recently Ad-Aware has been in use

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 12:32 AM

Ad-aware is not an antivirus program.
Does it mean, you've been not using any?

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 05:31 AM

I suppose so. My version of Norton is lapsed, so...I guess I'm not running one.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:28 AM

I actually just reinstalled norton antivirus, there were no problems in its scan.

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Posted 26 January 2011 - 01:27 PM

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=28744&hl=hard+drive+diagnostic)
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), to make the CD bootable.
For Toshiba hard drives, see here: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=ServicesSupport/FujitsuDrivesUSandCanada/SoftwareUtilities#diagnostic

Note : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps HERE

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