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Dell Optplex G620 - is this boot up time normal?


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#1 Zolly

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:52 AM

I have the above machine with very little installed on it I have checked msconfig and shortned the boot up time value in the registery but it take over 2 mins for it to load up Sata drive with loads of space (de fragged it) the main issue is that when it comes to the Windows boot screen it sits at this point for over a minute without doing anything you can hear the drive releasing data etc

 

I dont know if this is a long time bearing in mind the specs it has 4G memory by the way and the page file is set to 1.5 times the Memory (not able to stick the page file on a different partition as cant partiton this drive due to the del recovery partiion.

 

The main reason I am posting is that it struggles when I try to explore windows almost without fail the window fails to load and stops responding and I have to launch it again. I have run various spyware and adware tests on it and all comes back clean as a whistle. So is this something I just put up with or does anyone have cunning plan. One last thing the PC is clean inside no air restriction on the CPU



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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:21 AM

If there are no other specific suggestions, why not reinstall the OS, as you have 'very little installed'.

 

(I  would also be inclined to have Windows choose the best paging file size).



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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:45 AM

HI. I think I would run the Dell Diagnostics on the hard drive and be sure it is OK first. The computer should not be acting that way. When the Dell Logo appears Press F12 to get to the boot device menu.

Then choose the Dell Diagnostics, They should be the last item on the list. It couldn't hurt to run all of them,

 

Also What happens when you startup in safe mode with networking?

Does it still take a long time?

 

Does this happen in safe mode too? "when I try to explore windows almost without fail the window fails to load and stops responding and I have to launch it again"

 

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#4 Zolly

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:39 PM

HI. I think I would run the Dell Diagnostics on the hard drive and be sure it is OK first. The computer should not be acting that way. When the Dell Logo appears Press F12 to get to the boot device menu.

Then choose the Dell Diagnostics, They should be the last item on the list. It couldn't hurt to run all of them,

 

Also What happens when you startup in safe mode with networking?

Does it still take a long time?

 

Does this happen in safe mode too? "when I try to explore windows almost without fail the window fails to load and stops responding and I have to launch it again"

 

Roger

That is a cunning plan and something I just never thought of DOH! If this is the problem persists I presume I would just need to createa a new profile? Will run the del diagnostics as well Thanks to each of you



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:45 AM

Having accessed the Dell Diagnostics in the Boot and ran the tests everything comes back fine (except the memory is limited to 256mb) and even if I choose to over ride this I get a message telling me that I have to press F1 to continue... As for safe mode everything works fine.. explorer etc but the main issue is that seeing as I have 4G of memory installed surely it shouldnt take so long for Windows to load up.. the SATA drive is being accessed and it sounds as though the information is being processed but nothing happens I have checked taskmgr and event logs and nothing comes back to say that the load on the CPU is being stretched anything over 50%

One example is bootvis I launched this and waited for it to roll out at no point did the cpu on taskmgr exceede 5% but it took ages to complete - would this point to the HD not transfering data as quick as the CPU wants and thus a slow in performance.. (Sorry if this hail mary guess is is far wide of the mark)


Edited by hamluis, 26 February 2013 - 12:27 PM.
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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:35 PM

How much memory does the BIOS show? (F2 when the Dell Logo appears)

And how much memory is windows showing?

 

Low memory will make the boot very slow and it will also make the computer very slow.

If for example one of the memories has gone bad in a certain memory location I've seen Dells lower the usable memory.

 

The reason I'm asking is that you said

(except the memory is limited to 256mb)

The Dell Memory Diagnostic should check all the memory.

 

Try running This memory test.

***** [b]A.[/b] If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

[b]NOTE[/b] Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option A

B. If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...

1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
2. Unzip downloaded memtest86+-....iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-....iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: [url=http://www.imgburn.com/]http:/
/www.imgburn.com/[/url]
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open [b]ImgBurn[/b], and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

[img]http:/
/209.85.48.8/228/109/upload/p4393897.gif[/img]

8. Locate memtest86+-....iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

[img]http:/
/209.85.48.8/228/109/upload/p4393911.gif[/img]

10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run.

The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


[img]http:/
/icrontic.com/draco/images/articles/diagnose_with_memtest86/main_menu.jpg[/img]

It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

[img]http:/
/icrontic.com/draco/images/articles/diagnose_with_memtest86/testarea_cu.jpg[/img]

The following image is the test results area:

[img]http:/
/209.85.48.8/228/109/upload/p4393925.gif[/img]

The most important item here is the errors line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.

Good Luck

Roger


Edited by rotor123, 26 February 2013 - 01:36 PM.

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