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Old 07-16-03, 07:57 PM
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My PC just took 25 minutes to boot! HELP!!

hello all...

major issues here. i was doing some major multitasking earlier, but my pc was running fine. i decided to reboot, since i hadn't done so in about a week.

everything looks normal, and the xp pro logo comes up with the animated 'busy' bar underneath. the screen goes black rather quickly and just stays that way for a while.

it eventually shows a blue background and i get a 'windows is starting up' box, but that takes a good 10 minutes as well before it changes.

after about 25 minutes, i'm finally able to log in. things come up very slowly. i have a taskbar at the top of the screen, which is fully operable, but i can't do anything with my start button/main taskbar. i am able to open programs, and switch between with ALT+TAB. however, everything is taking a long time. example: i opened IM, and didn't see anything come up on my screen, but my fiancee's computer showed that i had logged on. seems like major GUI issues with everything i do (open programs don't show up in the taskbar until minutes after they've been opened.).

the only thing i've changed since the last time i rebooted, is port forwarding on my router (opened up ports for BitTorrent).. nothing else (hardware or otherwise) has changed.

p4/1.5/1gb/xp pro

anyone have ANY clue what the problem could be? i ran adaware and spybot on the reboot, and it found some stuff, but i'm getting the same results on another reboot... ugh.

any help would be GREATLY appreciated! thanks in advance!
Old 07-16-03, 08:17 PM
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Is something making your processor max out? Check processes under windows task manager.


Also make sure all your fans are running in your box, make sure nothing is overheating.
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well, a couple of my drives seem rather warm... if i shut it off and wait till morning, should that work, if it's an overheating issue??
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virus maybe?
i'd boot into safe mode and do a scan
Old 07-17-03, 03:57 AM
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Originally posted by mkdevo
well, a couple of my drives seem rather warm... if i shut it off and wait till morning, should that work, if it's an overheating issue??
I'm concerned about the fan on the processor, just make sure it's running.
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run "adaware" and "spybot search and destroy"
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I'm not sure about XP, but I just ran defrag on my 2000 machine and that helped speed things up immensely. My drive was terribly fragmented.
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Maybe it had some scheduled task it wanted to do (defrag, indexing, etc).
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i'm guessing it overheated.

after 2 reboots taking ~25 minutes each, i shut it off for a good 3 hours. turned it back on, and it's back to normal... weird...
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hmmm... heat can make components and connectors creep up out of their sockets. If you feel confident, pop the case and power up, check to see that all fans are spinning, power off. Reseat all your cards, RAM, and CPU. Push on all the cable connections too. Do another fan check then close her up. Good luck!

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