Reboot and Startup Slow

Nvidia / Awrdacpi
April 2, 2009 at 14:21:22
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.913 GHz / 1535 MB
developed a problem.
When I reboot my WinXp SP3 it is extremely slow going through the procedure.

precisely -- Shuts down fine then on restart, (initial Black screen) it hangs for 5 minutes at least on the very first part. (Where it says what the motherboard is before the memory check)

if I at that point press the restart button on the pC it goes one step forward to where it gives the model of the processor. Again stopping short of memory check for 5 minutes.

have done the following:

Start/Run/MSconfig. Done a restart with a selective startup procedure. No change
Run all my Virus etc; that is, AVG Virus, Spyhunter. Also run ATF Cleaner. All to no avail.

Just reduced the Startup programmes using WinPatrol by 2/3rds Just left ones I really want. not made a scrap of difference. it's just this long delay right at the very start of the reboot. at least 5mins. once it gets to the memory check the start up is lightning fast.

not sure what has cuased this. Doesn't seem to be or feel like the start up items. just wondering about the processor.

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April 2, 2009 at 18:31:45
Sounds like one of the hardware components in your PC is taking too long to POST. Not enough information for me to ascertain which component has the issue, but from experience I have found this to often be one of three things:

1) The hard drive
2) The CMOS battery
3) The Power Supply

I know what I would do in this situation. I would disconnect everything that is not essential to start up the PC (PSU, CPU, RAM and video, plus probably keyboard and mouse). I would then make sure that all of these components (including CPU and cooler) are connected properly, and I would test the start-up speed again.

If the PC boots faster on this minimum config, I would add the other devices (CD/DVD/ hard drive/whatever) one-by-one until I found the device causing the slowdown.

Worth a try - might solve your problem.

If there's no improvement on the minimum config, it sounds like your motherboard or PSU might need looking at. Sounds like your RAM checks out fine, so you might be OK there.

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April 3, 2009 at 02:15:57
Have you tried to defrag your HD? That might help to speed things up.

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