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computer takes about 6 to 7 min to boot..

by sakalpjyt / August 31, 2010 9:22 PM PDT

Hi! I have a serious computer was getting slow so i restart..but now login screen wouldn't appear instead a message box with restart,shutdown and username and password appears(which logs off immediately after i enter it and the process repeats on and on) further,all it does was restart even when i click i had to pull the plug about 3-4 times continuously hoping it would log on ..eventually i decided to reformat windows with windows VistaVG edition...after its installed now the computer passes the BIOS and gets kinda black for about 6 minutes,then as normal the white status bar appears below and then the boot screen appears as usual...after that its again back to normal, computer isn't slow, nothing goes wrong..until i restart the next time...the problem doesn't seem to go ..
I have a 40Gb hard drive,two RAM (128MB + 512MB),P4 2.00GHZ processor.
First i thought it was the RAM so remove both and reinsert them alternately..Both are fine ,nothing wrong...i also remove the battery and insert it after a while , the same thing happens..Another thing is that the red light indicating hard drive in front of the CPU doesn't flash..only the green light indicating processor seem to work normally..first 6 mins,i thought my hard drive has crashed but,, how is it suppose to work perfectly without any complication after it logs on??????? what might have caused the 6 min black out???
please i request for a solution...what shall i do??

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VistaVG? on such a small old machine?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2010 11:24 PM PDT

The big clue however is the 40Gb hard drive and the oddball combo of RAM. Most P4's demand matched pairs or RAM or they fall back to a much slower single channel mode.

Between both issues I bet you are looking at some really old machine and need to change some parts out.

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Typical recovery modes
by Willy / September 1, 2010 12:48 AM PDT

Besides dealing with an old system and what that entails, it really gets down to TLC the system. It needs attention clearing/cleaning out stuff or remove/delete files if not used. Then defrag and better clean-out the remanants, I use CCleaner to do such. Further, you may have caused minor file corruption or if long overdue defrag, files need to be sorted out. Again, these are basic fixes but overall, it does need to be done. Once done, come back with results. Also, online updates of any sort will reduce the respopnse time or seem even slower. I also include a possible weak PSU at work here, as it starts to falter a sign is slow responses, before it finally taps out. These are only clues to such, but maybe a cause. next, as already stated to you, a 40gb HD maybe so stuffed, it doesn't have the room to shuffle files around and again becomes slow. Again, review the above fixes and clues and try to work it out. If you have a P4 cpu, is it true full P4 or Celeron? Why, because the Celeron is really a slow cpu when it gets to crunch time, even a full-blown non-Celeron gets bogged down, so what is it? If celron, it will take time, regardless. Also, reduce or disable "backgrd. tasks" once you get the system up and running.

tada -----Willy Happy

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