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#1 massalto

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:04 AM

Hi,

I've small HP computer that isn't starting properly. When I turn it on it goes to a blue screen with options to go to setup, system recovery, boot options, and diagnostics. It normally shows for a few seconds and then starts normally, at the moment it takes around half an hour before moving on. Once it gets past this screen at all works absolutely fine.

I've spoken to some one who said it was a hardware problem and that I buy a new machine, but I'd like to attempt to fix it first. Hopefully someone can help.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:07 PM

What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)?

Also, what OS is installed?

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:14 PM

One quick question. IS it the same way on a restart?

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#4 massalto

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:30 PM

Hiya, nothing is new. It's been running ok for weeks and once it has booted it comes up clean in Kaspersky. My children were apparently fighting over it before it went wrong so it may have been physically damaged (but I wouldn't know how to tell if it has been).

It is Vista home premium

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 01:31 PM

One quick question. IS it the same way on a restart?

Yes the I restarted about 20 minutes ago and it still is on the HP screen.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:21 PM

What is the model name and number of the computer?

Edited by LucheLibre, 24 January 2012 - 06:22 PM.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 12:12 PM

Disconnect every thing but mouse and keyboard. try again.
If a tmp hang up there is a nice free cleaner at www.iobit.com

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 03:40 PM

Jerryo1314, www.iobit.com is not the most reputable site and I wouldn't suggest it.
Avast Webrep puts them in the green, however Web Of Trust has them in the yellow.
http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/iobit.com

Also if you were suggesting a registry cleaner then keep in mind that BleepingComputer.com reccomends against using them.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:01 PM

Hi

For extremely slow boots that start happening for no obvious reason, I go through a troubleshooting workflow like this...

Does it boot normally in Safe Mode?

If so, I check the event viewer and or run a program like Sysinternals' Autoruns (free) to track down what is trying to load in normal mode that is not loading in safe mode.

If not, then I boot it normally and check the event viewer for errors during the boot process and check Device Manager to see if any drivers did not load.

If I still can't fix it then I run Windows disk checking program by right clicking on the disk in Windows Explorer and choosing PROPERTIES clicking the TOOLS tab then the CHECK NOW button.

If you need more detailed instructions on any of this, let me know.

James




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