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Need a second opinion.

by freesetech / May 11, 2012 12:02 PM PDT

Hello,
I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop running Windows 7 64-bit, 2gb ram, and a Intel Core Duo 2.20 GHz processor. It takes an average 5 minutes between pushing the power button and loading the desktop. At this point I think it is either a bad motherboard, bad hard drive, or other defective hardware. I ran both Super Anti-spyware and Malware bytes, they found nothing. I checked for updates and cleaned the registry. I've gone through msconfig and removed unnecessary processes. Using msconfig I double checked that it was using both processors. I also uninstalled any unnecessary programs. Finally I performed both Windows and Dell hardware diagnostics. Everything passed as fully functional. So I'm left with the final question, what would be slowing down the boot so much? One important note is that Dell boots with normal speed. It's when it starts loading windows it slows down so badly. Once it is on it runs very slow. Any ideas on what I'm missing?

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Could be something simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 12, 2012 4:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Need a second opinion.

Such as some USB thing plugged in to something the scans didn't find. My old Acer ter600 after fair too many tweaks could never boot in less than 4 minutes. One day by chance I ran a SCANDISK (not in XP or later!) and it was twice as slow as my new laptop. I ordered a newer drive, cloned the drive and the next boot was 2 minutes.

No scan ever told me the HDD transfer rate was on the slow side.

This is not to say this is your issue but a story I share.

Scan like Grif notes at http://forums.cnet.com/7726-6132_102-5098912.html?tag=posts;msg5099421

And be sure no USB things are plugged in.
Bob

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PS. 2GB RAM.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 12, 2012 5:19 AM PDT

Sorry but I missed that.

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I had the same issue and
by orlbuckeye / May 20, 2012 10:19 PM PDT
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as Bob says it was something simple. I thought it was the external hard dirves but I removed them and it still took over 5 minutes. I set in Bios to show an echo as device were loaded at startup. So then I removed the printer and the laptop booted in 24 seconds. The problem was with the printer at start up. I have an Epson printer and it works fine if I use a USB cable as long as I attach it after the laptop boots.

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