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Booting Up Taking Forever

by JB1323 / July 5, 2010 5:04 AM PDT

I've had a Dell XPS 400 desktop in my home for nearly five years. I run Windows XP. Lately, my computer is SUPER slow to boot up - it's sometimes nearly 20 minutes before I am able to work. I don't have much on it. I run Avast Home edition for my virus software. Whenever there's an update for Avast, there is a delay in the boot speed, but that delay is nothing compared to now, and there haven't been updates lately to slow it, so I don't know the cause of the delay. Here are some stats for the system:

C Drive Capacity: 70.5 GB. Currently using: 15.0 GB.
Last System Scan For Viruses: 7/4/10. None found
Last Defragment of C Drive: 7/4/10.

A couple days ago I bought an 1T external hard drive and moved a ton of files to it. I don't know if it's coincidence, but ever since I've used the external hard drive, the boot up has been very slow. I don't have the USB connected to my PC when I boot up - should I have the hard drive connected when I boot, could this be causing the delay? I always make sure to click on the icon and disconnect the hard drive that way when I use it. Do I need to make modifications to the software for that drive that is now on my PC?

The way the slow boot expresses itself is that I will have the arrow cursor on my desktop, but it will change to an hourglass, then back to a cursor, and so on. I try to move the cursor, but there is a delay of a few seconds. The Avast icon in the bottom right hand side spins, but then stops, then spins again a few moments later.

I also noticed today that I got a "you don't have a firewall set up, click here to fix this" message during the boot, but that goes away after Avast works for a bit. I don't think that means anything, but am I wrong?

Does anyone have any idea what I need to do to increase the boot speed? This process is taking way, way longer than it should.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Some options.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 5, 2010 6:39 AM PDT

Firstly, and this may not have a direct bearing on the slow boot-up but will help keep the system clean, when was the last time you 'opened her up' and cleaned inside the case? If never, you may be in for a surprise, Happy

Here's a video about that, Weekend Project. Clean your Grungy PC.

Next is Boot-up time. Rather than go through a list, let CNET TV offer some tips in this next Weekend Project, Speed up your boot time.

It is a series of short videos, but the 2nd video, (tools needed), may not be required in your case).

I hope that helps.

Mark

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Booting Up Taking Forever
by JB1323 / July 5, 2010 6:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Some options.

Thanks for your response - system was open about four months ago to replace a CD drive - inside was very clean without any noticeable accumulation of dust, etc.

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That's good.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 5, 2010 6:49 AM PDT

No surprises there then.

See how you get on with those other videos.

Mark

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