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Windows XP Pro slow boot with blank screen and white progress bar

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by cobra989, Nov 21, 2004.

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  1. cobra989

    cobra989 Thread Starter

    Nov 21, 2004
    I am a new member. Here is my first XP issue. I have been running XP Pro now for a year with no issues. This week I decide to purchase and install a new hot game Half-Life 2. I seemed to have no problems installing the game (all 5 CDs worth). I shut down my PC. The next day when I turned my PC on I got about 30 seconds of blank screen followed by a white progress bar accross the lower portion of my screen.

    My PC is a Dell Inspiron 5150. It takes about 120 seconds before the
    progress bar moves across from left to right then windows starts OK.

    I decided to reinstall windows XP pro yesterday as an update. This done
    I rebooted but the problem is still there.

    Prior to this problem, my PC booted completely in about 15 or 20 seconds.
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    have you tried booting in safemode hit F8 while booting
    then have a look see if there are any yellow triangels in device manager
    maybe de-install the game

    see what happens

    have you searched the game forum - sometimes theres some q&A on that site with game problems
  3. cobra989

    cobra989 Thread Starter

    Nov 21, 2004
    Actually I did de-install the game before I tried anything
    else. This had no effect. Next I booted the PC in safe mode
    but the safe mode events occur after the long delay with the
    progress bar on the blank screen so this phase seems OK.

    I also made sure that the bios settings for drives were reasonable.

    The problem is that I dont know any tool that will let me
    see what is happening at boot time??

    Maybe there is a way to set up an audit trail beginning just
    after the PC is powered on till windows is stable. Just an idea!
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