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SLOW to boot up

I'm running Windows 2000 Professional on my Dell Inspiron 8100, and it seems to take an extraordinarily long time to boot up. I have current Norton AntiVirus/ Internet Security and Run Ad-Aware regularly. Any ideas on what the problem is or how I can improve start-up performance? Thanks!

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Small world.

In reply to: SLOW to boot up

I used Black Viper and more to optimize my p3-600 based Acer TER-600 with 256MB RAM (hint, you didn't tell what you had or...) to get it to boot in 4 minutes flat (hint hint you didn't write exactly how long.)

Since I knew it could do better I kept an eye out for clues about where the bottleneck was. One day I was doing some video processing with my software (which I wrote) and noted that it was slow on a simple task. It turned out the hard disk was sluggish.

79 bucks later and a new 5400 RPM 40 GB hard disk was fitted. I ghosted over the same image and it booted in just under 2 minutes.

No amount of twiddling could have done that.


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Not really tech-savvy...

In reply to: Small world.

Thanks for your help, but could I trouble you to rephrase that in lay terms? Are you saying I should either buy more RAM or get a bigger hard drive? I'm not sure off-hand how much RAM I have now; I haven't timed my boot-up, but I'd say it takes about 5 minutes, which seems slow compared to the PC I use at work, which runs XP Home Edition on an HP.

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Look up BELARC ADVISOR on...

In reply to: Not really tech-savvy... to see what you have for RAM and the make/model of the hard disk.

I bet one or the other may be something that can help.


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Not really tech savvy

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Backstepping a bit, im no techie either so am wondering how many tasks are running in your task bar on boot up? In the lower right hand corner just left of the clock how many icons are there? A friend had the same problem and found out he was running 12-15 tasks on boot up. Turning off all but four cut his boot up time from 7 minutes to 2 1/2 mins. I have three and boot in about 2 mins. I also clean out all junk files daily.


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