Hp pavillion takes about 30 mins to boot

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qcity

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This may be a harddrive failure but the pc is a refurbished Hp that I've had about 9 mos.
It started running everything EXtremely slow 7 days ago.It is runninng winXp I've been trying to use Hp's system recovery features..System restore did nothing.To give you an idea about speed I went into Hp's recovery feature at 11 pm last night to recover xp which is in a partition on the harddrive ..It is now 8:18 am
& it's just 92% done. I will let you know what happens but With the harddrive running this slow on all programs & bootup does this sound like harddrive slow down[failure] to any else?
Has anyone run into this? After it boots to desktop it is still very very slow...I have Norton & Mcafee both installed...This is my Daughters PC so I'm not real concerned...I have 2 more but they are win98 & she likes hers.lol Any help appreciated.
 
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Hi qcity

If you post your startup list we may be able to spot something

Please post your startup list by doing the following :-

Please go here and download startuplist 1.51 :-

http://www.lurkhere.com/~nicefiles/startuplist151.zip

Download to any folder or your desktop
Unzip the zipfile
Double click the exe file
go to Edit - select all - copy - and paste the results in a new post here


steam
 

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recovery finished & it's been trying to boot for about 15 mins. so no improvement after recovery.
 

qcity

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I wouldn't add anything to it..Even after it starts to load desktop it is loading files in the background & won't let you do things in between..It's similiar to watching grass grow by the way happy birthday..Steamwiz
You try to shut something down using ctrl alt delete & 5 mins later the screen shows up....I haven't even tried to get on the net.. I could put your program on a floppy, it's very small but it would take forever to install then run Thanks
 
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Have you tried to boot up in safe mode - this could be caused by a sound or video driver
 

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I tried to get into safe mode but haven't been able to boot up or access safe mode screen...It is looping now from shut down to windows xp startup screen.
I held f8 down while booting is this correct...Thanks,Jim
 
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Different machines have different keys - on my packard bell I hold down the Ctrl key
 

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It may be time to boot from a floppy and run the manufacturer's diagnostic on the hard disk. This sounds like it may be a dying hard drive.
 

qcity

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Thanks people for the help,I thought maybe someone had run into this before..I have had pc's run slow before but never anything near this....I slept for 8 hrs last night while recovery was running & still had to wait 2 more this AM so I'm going for the new harddrive ..I called HP about the recovery disks & they will be here on the 23rd.
My daughter has my old home built 1.4 AMD so she's happy & I'm looking for a good reasonable harddrive.
One day at a time sweet Jesus..Thanks again,Jim
 
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the new system that HP uses is they put the restore data on a partition on the hard drive. this is accessed by pressing F10 during bootup. This eliminated having to restore your software from Restore Cds, which always are misplaced.

The new method of recovery takes no more than 1 hour, especially on your machine which operates at 1.4ghz. This 8 hour garbage is definitely inaccurate. Most HP computers come with Maxtor or Quantum hard drives. Download powermax.exe from Maxtor website and run the test on your hard drive. If it fails, the problem is your hard drive.
 

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Mustnged
I know how long it should take but I told you the actual amount of time it took... No one wants to believe how long this thing takes..I'm a patient person but I would need Job's patience to fool with this anymore...Even if it's not the drive it's the logical place to start to me..What else would make everything extremely slow?
One day at a time sweet Jesus Thanks,Jim
 

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Originally posted by Mustnged:
the new system that HP uses is they put the restore data on a partition on the hard drive. this is accessed by pressing F10 during bootup. This eliminated having to restore your software from Restore Cds, which always are misplaced.
The Achilles hell of the HP scheme is that when the hard disk fails, you're dead! When I encounter an HP system with this stupid arrangement, the first thing I do is configure it the way I want the basic configuration to be, and make a complete GHOST image on CD's. Then I free up the five or so gigabytes that they wasted with their stupid recovery scheme by killing off that partition!:mad:
 

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Problem solved thanks for the help people..
I took the drive out & put it in another Pc that I had & ran fdisk to remove all partitions.put new partition on it then reformatted & ran powermax from Maxtor as someone suggested & all tests were great for drive so I tried to restore system with disks I ordered from HP.
It still took over 10hrs. to run restore so I knew problem was still with me...I was going to try a different processer in MB next but the only processer I had to use was a 1.4 running at 100mhz so I looked in bios to see if I could manually slow down bus but no such luck but while I was in there I decided to restore system defaults since it was new install & I had nothing to lose so I reset then saved & exited bios & praise the Lord it was back to normal again...Does anyone have a clue what would have changed the bios so radically ?
That system hit the ground running from day one & I had never been in bios before so I'm almost positive it wasn't me..At least nothing I did on purpose....Anyway thanks for your help & happy computing people,Jim
One day at a time sweet Jesus
 
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I have a Toshiba 2-gig P4-M notebook 512mb 60gigHD winXP Pro nvidia graphics 64MB UXGA. I have everything from AutoCAD LT and AfterEffects to Word XP Office. HUGE video data files.
My start up from a cold start is taking forever. Coming off hibernate is quick but still too glitchy for me to use reliably.
Here is the startuplist file.
Can someone please help.
Thanks
 

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