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Dell takes 30min for screen to display

by garywpoole / January 27, 2010 8:44 PM PST

When turning on my Dell laptop with XP Pro, it takes at least 30min for the screen to display the home page. What could be the cause of this problem?

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Chips and dip.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2010 9:23 PM PST

It could be the damaged OS, malware or such. A reload could nail that one.

An old hard drive with bad spots could slow the boot to a crawl or say this machine has 64MB RAM?

10 minute boot example at


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You Might Try A Little Cleanup
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 28, 2010 9:49 AM PST

Follow ALL of the steps in the link below to eliminate unnecessary startup programs and services plus clean out all the junk on the computer..

First, use the instructions below to toggle the DMA switch on your IDE controller. (make sure to toggle DMA off, then back on again, even if already checked):

Next, here are those steps:

Cleanup Steps

Hope this helps.


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