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40 minutes to boot and runs VERY slow!

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by ERASER, Jul 2, 2005.

  1. ERASER

    ERASER Nyuk,Nyuk,Nyuk!

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    Well, my computer has decided that taking over a half-hour to boot would be a good idea. I know I have a lot of crap on my old system, but an 8 minute bootup was the norm.
    I am running an old 866 P4 with 256 megs of ram and a 64 meg Nvidia video card using XP Pro for an operating system.
    Zone Alarm and ICQ seem to want to restart a few times before the computer finally boots up.
    Even after the computer gets up-and-running, it's extremely slow. It may take a minute to open up My Computer, for example.
    The weird thing is that Windows Task Manager doesn't show much processor usage (usually Task Manager itself is the biggest user).
    I've cleaned up the hard-drive, run two anti-virus programs, run Spy-bot, SpywareBlaster, and Adaware. I even did a System Restore to 2 weeks ago. Nothing seems to have helped.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Glock Bob

    Glock Bob Snack Attack!!!

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    Your registry may be bogged down. You can manually clean it up by running regedit or you can get third party software (perhaps someone can chime in on that better than I could).
     

  3. Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C.

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  4. ERASER

    ERASER Nyuk,Nyuk,Nyuk!

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    Thanks for the suggestions!
    I had already run CCleaner and it didn't produce any noticeable results.
    I am now in the process of running the TrendMicro programs and I'll be sure to let you know if they find anything.
    I had previously run F-Prot and AVG anti-virus programs but they didn't find anything.
    I'll keep my fingers crossed!
     
  5. Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C.

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    Washington D.C.

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  7. jack19512

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    I tried twice to download and use the RegCompact but I couldn't get it to work either time. Any suggestions?
     
  8. Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C.

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    Are you using something other than Windows XP?I have problems installing certain programs in Windows 98.
     
  9. Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C.

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    Download it saving it to your hard drive.Then clicxk on it.Open the file you have on your PC don't try running it from the website.
     
  10. jack19512

    jack19512

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    I did that. I saved it on my desktop and run it from there. Both times it acted like it was going to do something but it never did. Must be something I am not doing right. :(
     
  11. Hailstorm

    Hailstorm Boom Shacka

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    Backup your data and restore your OS
     
  12. Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C.

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    if you are using Mozilla with the download manager try clicking Tools>Download Manager>RegCompact
     
  13. Washington D.C.

    Washington D.C.

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    Okay found your problem I think. Net Framework is required/

    RegCompact

    Requirements

    Windows 2003 | XP | 2000 | NT 4
    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1
     
  14. NGWT

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    Try disabling your network card.

    > My Computer\Properties\Hardware\Device Manager

    See if it speeds-up if you're disconnected from the net.
     
  15. srhoades

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    Even an 8 minute bootup would be intolerable to me. Do you have SMART enabled? Maybe your hard drive is dying.
     
  16. pyblood

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    What programs do you have starting up? Click “Start” and select “Run”. Type msconfig all the apps that have a check next to them have to start before your computer is ready to go. If you want, you can post a list of all of the apps that are starting up and we can help you decide which ones to uncheck.
     
  17. LittleLebowski

    LittleLebowski Urban Achiever!

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    Agreed with PyBlood. Try disabling everything in Msconfig, Startup.
     
  18. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    I wouldn't disable everything in start up. Just write down anything thats listed that you don't understand, and google them.
     
  19. LittleLebowski

    LittleLebowski Urban Achiever!

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    I disable everything in Startup routinely at work and all is well.
     
  20. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    When Leo Laporte had his Tech TV show he mentioned a couple times it's not a good idea to remove programs from start up unless you know what they do. Being I don't, I don't!:)