Very long pause when booting

Ibm / Netvista
May 26, 2009 at 15:28:59
Specs: Windows XP, 256M
I have the same problem as an older post to which there was no resolution provided. When my XP Home desktop is almost completed booting, I get a very long pause (several minutes) when it gets to the network connections. The icons do not appear in the tray, but usually I can still use the internet, albeit things appear slowed down until the icons appear and whatever process is occurring finishes. This computer did not used to do this and it is well protected. I turned off the firewall to see if that would make a difference on boot, but no luck. There are no viruses showing up on scans either. Actually, I've tried a few things unsuccessfully, like assigning IP addresses instead of dynamic. Otherwise, the computer runs fine and I have resorted to leaving it on standby instead of rebooting, but since I do not use this computer more than a couple of times a month, I prefer to shut it down. This computer is connected with ethernet, but my laptop is wireless and it does not have this problem, which probably eliminates the router (which has always been there anyway). I wish somebody would write a comprehensible "home networks for dummies." I have a lot of experience with computers and I have no idea how a layman survives networking issues. They seem so fragile and cause lots of issues.

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May 27, 2009 at 07:47:24
Have you checked msconfig to see what all is starting? Do you have a lot of programs running in the System Tray?


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