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Windows XP suddenly slow to load login screen

by cstang68 / March 21, 2008 9:39 AM PDT

My system is rather old (athlon T-Bird 1 Ghz chip, Asus A7V mobo, 1280 megs ram) and I have never had this problem before.

Just recently it will load the black screen with the XP logo and the moving dots at the bottom, then it will switch to a black screen and it takes about 6 minutes for the blue login screen to appear.

This used to take less than 30 seconds. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I don't believe that I added any new software or changed any settings before this started happening.

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Add more info
by cstang68 / March 21, 2008 9:45 AM PDT

I forgot to add that once the login screen appears windows loads quickly and I do not have any performance issues with running games or CAD programs.

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Those symptoms usually mean
by lacsr / March 21, 2008 9:10 PM PDT
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That a driver or service is looking for a solution or you are having a hardware issue. The delay means Windows is trying to solve a problem. If you just updated drivers, then that would be the place to start. If not, then probably a hardware device is failing. If you are really sincere on solving this, it can be a long procedure.
On a machine as old as that one could be, it is most likely a hardware device starting to fail. You can start by removing everything that you do not absolutely need to startup. If it is OK, then reinstall one device at a time until the symptom returns. The last device installed is the culprit.
If you cannot or do not have the knowledge to start this project, we can help.

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by cstang68 / March 22, 2008 3:11 AM PDT

I just ran an error check on the hard drive. It found bad sectors in the bootstat.dat file and repaired it. The computer boots up fine now.

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