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Slow Boot Up

I installed a Light Scribe CD/DVD RW Optical Drive on my Alienware computer. When I booted it up, it took about 7 minutes to complete. Normally it takes about one minute.

Does anyone know why it now takes so long for my computer to boot up?

My computer has a 3GHz Dual Core Pentium 4 Processor
4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
DVD Optical reader
CD Optical reader
(new) LightScribe DVD/CD Optical reader


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In reply to: Slow Boot Up

Did you install/update the CD/DVD drive drivers?

Many people rely on Windows to find and install drivers, but Windows is not good at that. Best to use the devices own drivers.


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Did you update drivers?

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Hi Mark,
I did attempt to update the drivers for the LightScribe optical drive. I checked out the manufacturers' website, and found no information for updating. I guess the next solution is to call them.

Thanks for your reply,

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Usually if it takes Windows longer to load

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it means it is looking for something or waiting for a service to get done before going on to the next step. Try removing the new device and see if it goes back to normal. If so, then there is something missing (like a driver) and you need to explore that. Aslo look in Device Manager to see if there are any yellow question marks or exclamation marks indicating that something is not configured correctly.

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it means it is looking for something

In reply to: Usually if it takes Windows longer to load

Lacsr, thanks for your reply. If I don't succeed in finding an updated driver for my LightScribe Optical drive, I will remove it per your suggestion, and see if it makes a difference in start-up time.


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In reply to: Slow Boot Up

Didn't it come with an installation disc that installs all the necessary drivers?

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Didn't it come with an installation disc?

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I did receive a disc, but only for Nero Express. There were no information for drivers. There were no instruction for installation either.

I have contacted the manufacturer, 'BENQ', by phone. He suggested I check with their website, which I had done previously. My McAfee Site Advisor, will not allow me to navigate to the download site. If it's not one problem, it's two or more.

I feel I will get this problem of slow boot up after a few tests. I am going to remove the LightScribe Optical drive, and see if my computer boot up is faster. If it is, there is a problem with the optical drive. If not, it is my computer.

I'm very disapointed with the manufacturer, BENQ. I doubt I will ever purchase anything made by them again.

Thank you for your response.


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this may help

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have an acer sa80 pen4 etc.worked fine till i installed lexmark all in one centre.start up then took obout 5 mins.called lexmark and was told its common and have to get on to acer and get the motherboard number and update my bios.i hope this helps.

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