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Very slow boot up with WIN XP

In december I bought a new EMachine computer:
Pentium IV
512 RAM
DVD Player
WIN XP Operating System.
The only two things I have added to the computer since I bought it is a LinkSys Wireless network card (which works fine most of the time) and COX Security Suite.

About a month ago it started taking up to 20 min to boot up, works fine once it boots up. I decided to leave it on all the time, but sometimes it needs to be restarted to get the network card to work, which of course takes 10 - 20 min.

I have verified that there is nothing in the BIOS (such as a antivirus check) that is slowing things down, and there doesn't appear to be any extra software programs being loaded on boot up nor any other checks being done. I also defragged twice, to no avail.

It seems to boot up OK in safe mode, which makes me wonder if the hard drive is already going bad on me.

Any Ideas????

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Things To Do

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First, make sure you have no spyware which is slowing things down. Please download, install, update, then run ALL of the free spyware removal programs from the links below:


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two times shut down

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hi Grif,

I've done all the suggested prior to coming to this forum. Hmm doesn't seem to help. Currently i have a firewall, virus protection, adware and spyware protection. So my pc is running without threat so far.
I've also clean up my pc periodicly. However, resently i just installed adaware. Another spyware protection other thank webroot, the one that i already have. So i have two anti-spyware software running together. Don't know if that may be the cost.
Thanks for replying

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Shuts down

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You should start your own thread since your issue is different (computer shuts down)


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CX, Please Respond IN Your Previous Thread..

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error 9

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looks like I have some work to do ! Thanks for the help Grif...Xjmpr

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In addition to Grif's advice

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This might help somewhat

I have 2k pro and did something similar and I see the results

Windows XP

Click Start, right-click on My Computer, then click Properties, click on the Advanced Tab, in the Performance section click the Settings Button, then put the Dot next to Adjust for best performance, click the Apply Button on the lower right, click OK and OK on the last box. Try it, if you prefer it the way it was, you can easily follow the above steps and put the Dot next to Let Windows choose.

You say it boots Ok in safe mode,but are concerened about the hardware.

Here's what i found

The way to test a System State is
with Safe Mode. If your computer
boots in a reasonable time
using Safe Mode then it is not a hardware
issue. (A Safe-Mode
boot should complete in 25-35 Seconds)

Maybe install CCLEANER,to eliminate all the junk at shutdown


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IMO there's nothing to do...

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In my opinion theres nothing to do, as XP's genarally get slower and slower every day. I remember it started out being super fast, but now its slow as a mule (however the slowness is contributed partly by the 2 monitors and crappy default video card on the small one). If you find your computer stopping for several seconds or maybe minutes, then you PROBABLY have an outdated video driver, this is my case, but I'm running PCI (silly me, got this computer before PCI E was out) so the best video driver I can buy wont help much.

Also, as said before, if you're safemode boot doesnt boot in under a minute, you've got to replace some bits, I'd recommend re-selling the machine and building a new one with PCI E (don't take all my advice or go too far, after all, I'm usually wrong)

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If Your Computer Takes 20 Minutes To Boot, Then...

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..your's can be helped also.. I take care of multiple computers and NONE of them take more than about a minute to boot into "normal" Windows. We don't experience major "slowing" over time because we clean things up.

Generally, you don't have to "buy" a new video driver as you indicated.. Most are downloaded free from the manufacturer's website.

And why resell the machine when it was just purchased in December?

In your case, it might help to follow the steps suggested in the earlier posts of this thread and try one more thing as well. Toggle your DMA on/off using the link below:

Hope this helps.


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