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Solved: Extremely Slow Bootup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by johnnieq, Oct 13, 2008.

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  1. johnnieq

    johnnieq Thread Starter

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    Windows XP Pro SP2
    Intel P4 3.2GHz
    4 GB DDR RAM

    When booting it is extremely slow, taking 20 minutes just to see the Windows is starting message. But Windows never does seem to completely finish loading. Icons & wallpaper finally do appear, but the hourglass remains and you are unable to do anything. (after 4 hours!)

    Safe mode is the same.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance,

    johnnieq
     
  2. flavallee

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    With an Intel Pentium IV 3.2 GHz processor and 4,096 MB of RAM, that computer should fly. Something is wrong somewhere.

    What is the brand name, model name, and model number of that computer?

    Can you post a HijackThis log here?

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  3. johnnieq

    johnnieq Thread Starter

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    This is a computer I built for a neighbour several years ago with all high-end components. Money was no object.

    I can't get a Hijack log; as I explained it never completely finishes booting. I was thinking it was a driver failing to load, but Safe Mode does no better. I retried Safe Mode several times now and you never get as far as you do in Normal mode, which is very odd.

    I popped in 4 GBs of new RAM. Still the same.

    I may have to pull the hard drive, back up their data and do a clean install. As long as that may take, it will probably be faster than the hours I'm wasting waiting for boot-up to complete.
     
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    I agree. A hard drive format and fresh install of XP sounds like the best option.

    4 GB of RAM is overkill with XP. 2 GB is plenty. I don't believe XP will recognize or use more than 3 GB anyway, unless it's a 64-bit version.

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    It's the 32 bit version. I believe it can utilize a max of 3.5 GB of RAM. At the time I built this one the owener wanted it maxed out. :)

    I just pulled the drive. It will be my slave as soon as I reboot. Thanks for your feedback!
     
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