Slow computer boot??? Help speed up??

June 2, 2009 at 07:09:48
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I have an Acer 5720 PC. It has an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz (800 FSB, 4 MB L2 Cache), 1 GB DDR2 memory, 120 GB HD, etc. This computer should be pretty quick. It's my work computer. Personally, I don't like Acers. Think they are crap but that's what they give me. The specs of the computer are decent. It should start fairly quickly. It's running Windows XP SP3. This morning, when starting my computer, it took it about an hour. Things start up extremely slow. The hard drive light stayed on solid for about the hour. I check CPU usage and it's low (5% or so.) I've ran sisoft benchmarks and everything scores high. I don't see a bottleneck in the computer that should slow it down so much. Everyone in our company has these computers and everyone's computers are slow. We've all learned to deal with it. My manager said just put the computers in hibernation rather than shutting down because they take so long to boot. Does anyone have any suggestions to speed them up?

My computer, I don't have a lot starting up with it. Citrix XenApp, Google Desktop (which I know isn't necessary but one extra shouldn't be too much to ask of the computer), and Trend anti-virus. That's all that is running in the task tray.

What would be great is if I could find a program that would check every system, data bus, whatever in the computer and find the bottleneck. There has to be one. Just sisoft's benchmarks doesn't find it.


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#1
June 2, 2009 at 09:35:48
Don't use Hibernation or Sleep mode. Desktops weren't designed for that function. Just shut the monitors off for the night and let the machine run. As far as the booting goes, it sounds like you may have antivirus scanning at boot or some other app running, due to the hard drive activity. Does it take an hour for a cold boot, or just to bring it out of hibernation? Did you check the task manager Startup tab to see what's running at startup? I don't know how the machines are set up. Are they independent or connect through a server. Why doesn't your IT guy have a clue?

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#2
June 2, 2009 at 11:51:26
These aren't desktops... they're laptops. So they need to be shutoff when we put them in our backpacks. Hibernation takes everything that is in memory and stores it on the hard drive so when you boot back up, rather than cold booting, it just loads everything back into memory which then starts up way faster.... but I don't like doing it because it's as if the computer was never rebooted.

BTW, I am the main tech at the company. Really a lot of people here are technicians... this is a tech company. But my reasoning for this is Acers are crap and I hate the namebrand but when it comes down to it, the specs of the computers are pretty decent and they have decent components. I just figured someone must know of a tool that would allow us to run it and see what the bottleneck is. When these computers startup slow, the cpu usage is low, memory is low, the hard drive really isn't blinking that much. So there's a bottleneck somewhere else in the computer.

I went and streamlined the startup again today with msconfig and have the computer running pretty decent, but I have almost nothing starting with the computer. My home computer is an HP with similar specs and I can have that whole task tray loaded with icons, many things running and it runs probably 10 times faster than this Acer. So, my conclusion is Acer is crap. But I know they're a huge company and they can't be as bad as I think they are.

The one big difference between my home laptop and this laptop is the Acer is on our company domain. I've noticed with any computer when they are stand alone computers, they run much faster. Once they are added to a domain, they slow down. I'm sure it's because group policy etc., but waiting 45 minutes for my computer to boot is unacceptable. I did make that better today though with the msconfig.


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#3
June 2, 2009 at 14:13:00
OK, sorry for the assumption that they were desktops. It was early and I only had one cup of coffee. I really don't know why it would take 45 minutes to finish loading. I never heard of that before. As far as Acer goes, I really don't like their builds either. Let's see what others have to say. Sorry for the snide remarks.

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#4
June 2, 2009 at 16:49:49
Solved! Go into device manager and unistall the driver for primary ide drive.Reboot and windows will reinstall the driver. As the previous poster pointed out the drive has to be in dma 5 mode and mine was stuck in pio. How it got in pio mode I do not know but uninstalling the driver was the only fix. Thanks!

Try this, I found this to be a common problem with Acer laptops. It's worth a try.


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#5
June 2, 2009 at 17:26:23
I'll have to look into dma settings. I haven't had to change dma settings in years (since days when dvd-roms first came out and I was trying to get dvds to play smooth.) Sort of makes sense... it's worth a try. If it works, I'm sure you'll make a lot of people at my company very happy.

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#6
June 3, 2009 at 04:37:11
Well, it's worth a try. let us know how you make out. Good Luck.

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#7
June 3, 2009 at 05:37:41
I just checked my settings and it's in dma2 mode by default. I found 2 GB sticks lying around the shop and upgraded my computer and it does seem to be running quite a bit better with the extra gig. Still a little slow of a starter though.

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#8
June 3, 2009 at 06:37:47
I see the total capacity is 4 gigs. Running XP, you can't take advantage of 4 gigs, but it couldn't hurt to add yet another gig for a total of 3. You might also want to move the page file to a seperate partition. Have a look at this article

http://support.microsoft.com/defaul...


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#9
June 3, 2009 at 06:55:41
I've done that in the past with computers I've had that has more than one hard drive. I only have one partition on this laptop. I guess one trick I haven't done on this computer yet that may help is make the virtual memory file a static size rather than adjusting and make it 3x the size of the physical memory. I'll try that. Kind of offers the same benefits of a seperate hard drive because the hard drive has a spot on the hard drive dedicated to just virtual memory.

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#10
June 3, 2009 at 08:13:09
Anything is worth a try. Well, good Luck to you. Have a nice day.

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