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long XP startup delay

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by danvorhaus, Sep 21, 2004.

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  1. danvorhaus

    danvorhaus Thread Starter

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    I've noticed recently that when I startup in Windows XP there is often (about 75-85% of the time) a substantial delay before I am able to actually access any functionality. What happens is that XP loads the background, desktop icons, and it starts to run programs in the system tray. I can see the taskbar/quicklaunch bar but when I mouse over either the quicklaunch bar or the start menu I get an hourglass. The system then just seems to sit there, sometimes for several minutes, before the system tray finishes loading and I'm able to start running programs.

    I think, though I'm not positive, that this behavior started shortly after I upgraded to SP2.

    Also, if it is any use, here is what is running at startup (courtesy of Startup Inspector for Windows):

    Spyware Guard
    ATIPTA (ATI Radeon Control Panel)
    DadApp (something from Dell for programmable buttons)
    AVG_CC (AVG control panel)
    Openwares Live (used for Spyware Guard live update)
    SynTPLpr
    SynTPEnh

    If anybody can help me out with this I'd appreciate it a ton. Thanks very much.

    Regards,
    Dan
     
  2. kevt

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    I have the same problem, and it has only started since SP2. I believe its due to networking, and I think its a timeout delay. Do you see a network icon in the system tray which indicates 'Limited or no connectivity'.
    I wonder if allocating a static IP address might stop this problem?
     
  3. bobol

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    Have a look at the topmost thread in this forum, guys... a sticky posted by AcaCandy regarding SP2 issues. There maybe something of interest in there to be found.
     
  4. Saga Lout

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    Untick the "Notify me of limited connectivity" box in Control Panel>Network Connections>Properties>General but I'm not sure that's what's causing XP to slow down on boot-up. It's far more likely to be an overload in the number of auto starts you have in msconfig.

    Paradoxically, before I downloaded SP2, I had a problem with McAfee not being able to load in the 30,000 milliseconds XP allowed it. I couldn't find a way to stretch that timescale and I had to re-enable McAfee every morning. SInce SP2, the problem has not recurred.
     
  5. Old Rich

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    I would start by disableing these to see if start-up time improves . . then re-enable one at a time to find the culprit:

    Spyware Guard
    DadApp (something from Dell for programmable buttons)
    AVG_CC (AVG control panel)
    Openwares Live (used for Spyware Guard live update)

    My guess is that your spyware guard is fighting with your AVG

    wrs
     
  6. Saga Lout

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    And simpswr's post mcde me re-read the original from which I note Danvorhaus has an ATI graphics adapter. There are numerous posts hereabouts where the ATI software has conflicted with SP2. Numerous but nowhere near as many as Norton!!!
     
  7. Old Rich

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    Good point . . I missed that one!

    wrs
     
  8. danvorhaus

    danvorhaus Thread Starter

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    thanks for all the various tips...i think i've finally fixed the long delay at start-up.

    after tweaking the different programs i had running at start-up i finally figured out that if i just disabled AVG_CC then everything seems to work just fine. Even though in startup manager AVG_CC is disabled the AVG console still starts automatically and everything boots up quickly and without any apparent conflict.

    i'm totally confused as to why this is or how it works but I'm not going to complain as long as it is working.

    btw - just as a point of reference it wasn't a conflict with AVG and any of the other programs running at start-up (disabling everything but AVG still left the problem) so I think it must be some sort of issue between AVG and SP2...maybe...

    thanks again for all of the help.

    -Dan
     
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