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Long start up time on laptop, possible components failure?


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#1 Barefoot2

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 05:36 PM

I am beginning to get nervous about potential hardware degredation. I am only going on instinct. My laptop (Gateway m-151x) used to start up very quickly, and anytime it was operating, it "hummed" right along. I can't say that I could describe what it used to sound like at start up, just that it seems strangely quiet anymore, and takes much longer. After the splash screen (?) initially shows, it now is black for a long time (comparatively) before coming up with the windows logo, and then the desk top. Additionally, when I download a large file, it no longer "hums or whirs" smoothly like it used to. It seems to stutter over the process. Everything is still fully functional, as far as I can tell, but I wonder if a part is beginning to fail. If this sounds at all familiar to anyone, I'd appreciate a clue as to what may be happening, and any steps I may need to take to avoid catastrophe. I have been using it extremely hard lately, and worry that I may have overheated it. I should probably also mention that the battery is shot now, and I have been waiting for the new one to come in, so I have had to use it plugged in directly at all times.
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Posted 21 March 2011 - 05:58 PM

First thing that comes to mind is a fragmented hard drive, do you de-frag your hard drive often?

Do you have a lot of programs that start when windows boots up?

Check how many programs are resident in the system tray, some of those can slow down the boot up process.

Those are the areas I would look into first.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 10:04 PM

The unit is set to auto-defrag once a week. I will check the start up programs, I have added a weather ap recently. I appreciate the feedback.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 10:18 PM

One of the easiest ways to determine what is running during startup is by going to the windows search bar and typing MSCONFIG then press the ENTER key.

Check the startup tab, here you will see all the programs that are programmed to start when Windows starts up.

You can un-check a few of those to see if your computer loads Windows quicker and if the over-all performance of Windows increases.

This configuration utility does not remove the program from your computer, it merely just stops it from loading automatically when Windows starts.

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