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Slow boot and other issues


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#1 hazmat74

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 03:39 PM

Been having a few issues with my laptop and I'm hoping to get some help. First thing that's going on, from the log in screen until the desktop shows fully is taking a very long time. It used to boot fully to the desktop in about a minute or so, now I go from log in to a black screen and after about 3 mins, I finally have a desktop. Also have been dealing with a massively sluggish internet connection. I'm on a b router so I'm not expecting much, but nothing that I'm aware of has changed in or with the router and nobody else who uses the router has any problems that I'm aware of. I initially assumed I had a virus of some sort, but my system's shown clean with help in the security forum of this site. I'm pretty much at a loss at this point. Any help anyone can provide would be great.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:11 PM

Let's try a clean boot for starters.

Open msconfig and on the General tab choose "selective startup" (uncheck all three items) and reboot. Does the problem still occur? If not, start adding items back to msconfig one or two at a time, rebooting after each change, until the problem reappears and you'll have identified the offending process. This is clearly a time consuming procedure, but it is the best way to determine if some process loading with the system is the cause of your problem.
After you've isolated the cause, do not use msconfig to permanently disable the process. Instead, if it is a service go to START - RUN and type: services.msc (then press enter) and disable the service OR, if it a program, you can download & run a simple app such as Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel (http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml) to enable, disable, or otherwise manage startup programs.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 04:35 PM

Well, this is fun. MSconfig locks up when I click "apply" after setting up for a clean boot. This was something I noticed a week ago or so when I was disabling pesky startup programs I don't need. I figured the machine was just tweaking out a bit so I didn't worry about it. Now that I need to use it for diagnostics, I can't use it. Any thoughts?

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 05:09 PM

See what happens if you try it in safe mode.




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