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Solved: Power on problem..not sure of

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bizwiz2004, Jan 19, 2011.

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  1. bizwiz2004

    bizwiz2004 Thread Starter

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    My PC was bootin fine until I got a trojan back in 2009 I restore it and had brought it to a staples store where somehow the guy must have changed something in the boot menu because when I turn it on it comes up with two options of loading windows or the recovery console and it clocks down after 6 seconds or more.....I did a full system restore two weeks ago and it was running fine again until a few days ago it starts to do the same thing the two options and the clock down if I don't select one right away, but its usually on the option for loading windows...Can someone tell me fi this is a normal thing or it takes up boot time? It's takes time from booting, even though it appears to be easy in case of a problem.

    Thanks,

    Karla
     
  2. surferdude2

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    You can edit the boot.ini file to reduce or eliminate the Timeout interval. There is a line in there that looks similar to this:

    timeout=30

    Yours may be 10 or whatever. The file is on the root of your system drive and you will need to have your view options set to show all files. It is normally a read-only file so you will need to change that attribute or it won't allow you to save any changes made. You can either set a very low interval or delete the line entirely. No line = no pause.

    There is another way to edit this file by opening msconfig and clicking the boot.ini tab. The timeout interval can then be changed by typing in the amount you would like.

    Regardless of how you set it, you can still access the options screen and be able to select the Recovery Console by pressing the F8 key repeatedly during the boot process following the initial POST screen.
     
  3. bizwiz2004

    bizwiz2004 Thread Starter

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    Thanks surferdude, i'll try it and post back. It appears that if i leave my external drive on by accident it takes long to boot or it freezes, is there a way to prevent it picking up the external drive as well?
     
  4. surferdude2

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    Check in the BIOS setup routine under the BOOT menu and be sure the external drive, if listed, is set last in the boot order.

    Other than that, quit forgetting to shut it off. ;)
     
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    Thanks, sorry for the delay in getting back to you on this, all is well. I appreciate your help
     
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