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Slow Boot

by Stan Chambers / April 10, 2005 5:09 PM PDT

Winxp sp2 + updates, 2.8GHz P4, 512 mb ddr, 80 gb hdd
Latest BIOS and drivers installed.
Programs: NAV, Spybot, Adaware, Nero 5.9, Goldwave, Adobe Photo Deluxe 4.0

All virus and spyware scans are clean.

My problem is that my pc went from booting in about 45 seconds to 2 1/2 minutes.
This first started after I experimented with repartitioning my hdd with Partition Magic.
I tried all that I knew to correct the problem with no success.
Long story short, I partitioned and formatted (using xpsp2 cd)then did a clean install of XP. After installing XPsp2 and updating, I started installing my other programs. Everything was working just fine. The computer would boot in approx. 45 seconds.
Then I installed Zone Alarm free version and when it asked to reboot, the problem started over again.
Naturally I uninstalled ZA, but the problem persists.
I ran FIXMBR from the Recovery Console, checked in System Information for any conflicts, ran a registry cleaner, looked in event viewer. I found numerous Service Control Manager errors #7001, always accompanied by Dcom error #10005.
Not sure what this means or if it is related to the boot problem at all.
I've also ran SFC to no avail.
I'm getting no error messages or other clues from the machine.
DMA transfer mode is selected and seems to be working fine, as the machine runs great after it finally boots.
It goes something like this: memory check and device detection, verifying dmi pool data, loading Windows. This take approx. 15-20 seconds. Then the black screen for 2 minutes 15 seconds. That part went from 10-15 seconds to 2-15. This is making me crazy.
After the wait, XP boots and the machine is just fine.
If anyone has a clue for me on this one, I would very much appreciate it.
One other bit of info. I've been running all my programs for at least two years without any problems.
However I did download the latest version of ZA.
All ideas are welcome
Thank you for your suggestions.

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Boot starting help
by pardeepthind / April 10, 2005 11:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Slow Boot

My dear friend
If any Prob like that occur pls use System Restore option In System tools option Give him the commarnd of restore system at any prevoius time at which your computer is running well
If you have any other difficulty then mail me

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System Restore
by Stan Chambers / April 11, 2005 4:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Boot starting help

Thanks for your reply.
I have solved the problem. My Nvidia drivers were the cause. Although nothing was reported in Device Manager, the driver was causing the slow boot. It must have become corrupted somehow.
I uninstalled the driver, then downloaded a new copy and re-installed it. When I rebooted the computer, it booted as it should in about 45 seconds.
Thanks for your advice.

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