Boot screen problem, please help!

Samsung / NC10
March 29, 2009 at 05:25:16
Specs: Windows XP Home, SP3
Hi!

I've posted my problem on another board specifically meant for Samsung Netbooks (I have a 1-week-old Samsung NC10 Black), but after some - though helpful - answer posts, my problem persists and nobody had any more solutions.

I don't think this problem has much to do with the computer model though (or maybe it does, I can't tell) so I will look for help here instead. Because I'm lazy, I'll just copy/paste my post(s) from the other forum:

In the boot screen, the windows logo shows up with a very laggy/jerky motion. That is, the fade-in of the logo (before the loading bar comes up) doesn't happen smoothly, but gradually shows up with ~1 second intervals.

Hard to explain, but I think it didn't do that when the laptop was right-out-of-the-box new, but I'm not sure. It has added some 5-10 seconds more to boot time. Is it because the now installed programs make it more bloat? Or something else?

Then I get asked if I have Daemon Tools installed, which I had, and they suggested I'd uninstall it (it had helped someone else with apparently the same problem).

I did have Daemon tools (Lite) installed and I've now uninstalled it. Unfortunately didn't seem to help, still the same laggy boot screen :/ Though if I remember correctly, the lagginess actually started about the same time I installed & used daemon tools for the first time. *shrugs*

I do have WindowBlinds and LogonStudio installed, but I don't think they could have anything to do with it, as the boot screen problem began a few days later.

Next I'm told to run CCleaner and HijackThis and to check around for services/reg entries/etc. that may still be running/on the system.

OK, I've now run CCleaner (both the "Cleaner" & the "Registry"), done a disk defrag with AusLogics Diskdefrag, disabled the windowblinds and logonstudio stuff, unistalled some recent software, run the CCleaner again, and checked the log file from HijackThis (which looks clean to me).
And no, still didn't help :/


So, my question persists... Could daemon tools have changed something else in the system? Something that CCleaner can't find, or something in the bios maybe?
I'm kind of clueless here... Any advice, suggestions or possible solutions would be very appreciated, thanks in advance!

Note: The whole laptop is still very "clean" software-wise. There's only a couple of programs I've installed, which are all quite "basic", e.g. VLC, a codec pack (CCCP), ESET Smart Security and Firefox 3. That's about it.

Note 2: If I'd have had this netbook for years, this probably wouldn't bother me, as the boot is still very fast (apart from the very laggy win logon), but I hope my aggravation is understandable taking into account the newness of the computer, heh :)

The specs of the netbook can be found here (I have the default 1GB RAM).


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#1
March 29, 2009 at 06:45:13
Your problem is you're treating your netbook as if it's a PC. It's called a Netbook for a reason...it's primary purpose is to surf the net. Why are you adding programs like WindowBlinds, LogonStudio, Daemon tools & who knows what else? All they will do is slow it down. If you stay within the capabilities of the system ("Shop online, surf the web and chat on IM"), it will work fine...otherwise, take it back & buy a laptop/notebook that has the ability to run the programs you want/need.

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#2
March 29, 2009 at 07:19:04
No, I bought this one because it didn't seem to be your average only-for-surfing netbook, but actually capable of many semi-bloat software. And it has very much exceeded my expectations on that part.
I've already tried out a couple of things like gimp and office 2007 (which I have now temporarily uninstalled to test what's producing the lag) and they've worked flawlessly. A friend who owns a white nc10 has installed and is playing various lighter games like the Baldur's gates and the first two Fallouts. He has at least logonstudio installed, but nothing of this has made his startup logo laggy. As far as I know, he hasn't installed daemon tools even once, which makes me suspect that to be the problem even more.

Anyway, I wouldn't have bought this one if it weren't for the amazing reviews and the fact what all it can do besides "just" surfing the web :)


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#3
March 29, 2009 at 08:38:29
It's based on the Atom CPU so performance is gonna be marginal.

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#4
March 29, 2009 at 08:59:55
Yes, I do know what it's based on. It's true the performance's marginal compared to laptops, but in this case it's more than enough for my needs (which, I repeat, still involve more than just "casually browsing the web").
NC10 has so far met my requirements with ease.

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#5
March 29, 2009 at 10:24:42
"In the boot screen, the windows logo shows up with a very laggy/jerky motion. That is, the fade-in of the logo (before the loading bar comes up) doesn't happen smoothly, but gradually shows up with ~1 second intervals."

does this actually affect the use of the machine (ie, when it has booted, does it work properly). If not, what's the problem?

"Hard to explain, but I think it didn't do that when the laptop was right-out-of-the-box new, but I'm not sure. It has added some 5-10 seconds more to boot time. Is it because the now installed programs make it more bloat? Or something else?"

5-10 seconds additional load time after you've installed apps is nothing! (many people will suffer additional minutes).

Please explain if there is something wrong with the actual use of the machine.

btw - the fact its called a 'netbook' is irrelevant - its an XP computer and will run much the same software as an XP laptop or PC.


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#6
March 29, 2009 at 11:15:18
"the fact its called a 'netbook' is irrelevant"

I disagree. Netbooks were designed to fill a certain nitch in the market. They're not meant to be used as full fledged PC's. If you load garbage programs on them like WindowBlinds & LogonStudio (which IMO are totally useless), the system is gonna run slower. The more programs you add that load at startup, the slower the system will become. This is true of all systems, but it will be more noticeable on a netbook because of the weak CPU & chipset.

"If you know the precise utilization of the system and you have enough experience to assess what level of computer performance is required, you may find that this system meets your needs perfectly. But this only applies to certain special types of use.

For example, it is possible to surf quite happily as long as the right operating system is used (Windows XP or Linux). If you run more than one application at a time, though, the Atom system will slow down."

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

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