1 Hr to Boot

August 18, 2010 at 08:51:56
Specs: Windows XP
Whether in CMOS Setup or in Windows computer freezes for about 2 minutes, then allows mouse movement for about 1 second and then repeats the cycle. Also takes an hour to fully boot. Even in Diagnostic Startup or Minimal Startup this happens. I'm at a total loss for ideas. Thanks!

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#1
August 18, 2010 at 08:56:16
Take a look at your system event log once you have booted into windows.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI


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#2
August 18, 2010 at 08:57:37
Check your CPU temp.

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#3
August 18, 2010 at 10:02:04
Found a solution! Problem was that one of the batteries was probably shorted & drawing all available power. I unplugged the bad battery and it now flies as before. Wierd? Thanks to everyone for their help.

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#4
August 18, 2010 at 21:42:15
We're glad you got it fixed but what you just said doesn't make any sense.

Batteries don't draw power unless they're charging--like a laptop battery. Is this a laptop? If not there shouldn't be any rechargable batteries involved. If it's a desktop the only battery should be the cmos battery--that little coin-shaped one on the motherboard--and there's only one of those.

So, what did you disconnect?

Now that's what I call a sticky situation


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#5
August 19, 2010 at 03:20:33
It is a laptop w/ 2 batteries installed. Evidently, one of the batteries was drawing all available power and there was only minimal power left over to run the computer. I removed one of the batteries and it ran like it was supposed to.

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#6
August 19, 2010 at 15:01:20
That makes sense then. The battery you pulled out wasn't getting charged either because it was bad or its charging circuitry was bad and so it was trying to charge from the good battery.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation


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