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).