Extremely Slow Startup

January 14, 2009 at 23:58:21
Specs: Windows 2000, pentium
I have a PC with Windows 2000 Professional. Upon startup it appears ok up until it reaches the screen where it says Windows 2000 and there is a bar that lights up blue from left to right. This is where the PC stalls. The bar lights up blue about 3/4 of the way then stalls for about 30 mins. Windows then opens up. I've run viorus checks on the HDD and it appears ok.

Please please help!

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January 15, 2009 at 05:38:05
I suggest you run a drive fitness test on the hard drive. Each drive manufacturer has their own software. Check to see what brand drive you have and download and run the test. Should be available in floppy or CD versions.

I should have asked about history. Has the computer always done this or what?

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January 16, 2009 at 02:01:08
No the computer has never behaved like this. I removed the HDD and plugged it as an external device to 2 other PCs that use different Anti Virus software to see if they would detect any virus... which they didn't, so I assume the HDD is clean. In the process (whilst it was plugged to the other PC) I noticed that accessing files was quick/normal. Would this not indicate that there is nothing wrong with the HDD? Or do you still suggest running a Fitness Test on it?

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January 16, 2009 at 03:47:26
From what you state it sounds like the drive is probably OK. While on the subject of the drive there is a setting in the BIOS called S.M.A.R.T. This setting monitors the drive parameters and reports if anything gets too far out of wack. SMART may be disabled in the BIOS.

I think your problem is a hardware issue.

Open your case and re-seat ALL cards and cables. Remove and reinstall the RAM sticks 4 or 5 times each. If that doesn't solve the problem download and run from a boot disk, memtest86.

The fact that the computer runs after 30 minutes kind of indicates to me a bad connection. Possible that the power supply is also at fault.

If the issue persists you can try to isolate it by disconnecting peripheral hardware and if that doesn't help start disabling integrated hardware, one by one, as allowable.

Also visually check the motherboard for any bulging or leaking capacitors.

Something I forgot to ask. When you start the computer is the monitor light yellow or green?

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January 16, 2009 at 05:25:52
What happens when you boot into safe mode...still a long delay? Could be you have some sort of crap software program loading at startup. Download & install the XP version of MSCONFIG, then run it & edit your startup list.



And if you don't already have it, install CCleaner Slim & use it often:


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