|Hello, I was wondering if anyone might have any suggestions for speeding up a slow startup on an IBM Thinkpad R51 laptop.|
Most of the time, I am grateful that it starts up at all, but as startup is running at around six minutes or more lately, it would be nice to speed it up a little.
I have tried using MSConfig and Autoruns, though there may be more I can do with Autoruns than I have tried.
I uploaded a video on my youtube account of the computer starting up, for reference. It is located here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqSm... . The video is unlisted and I may be deleting it later. (Please ignore the random noises and wallpaper - the noises are people, not the computer, and the wallpaper...is just silliness. In addition, WinPatrol is seen loading in the video, but it has been removed from the startup programs list since then.)
A verbal description, as the loading has changed slightly since the video was taken. As I start up the computer, first it displays the Windows loading screen for around 30 seconds, after which is a black screen and cursor for a few seconds before the loading screen comes up. After that is the Welcome screen, for another 30 seconds, then the wallpaper comes up. The wallpaper is the only thing displayed for a minute and about 10 seconds, before the taskbar pops up. It takes about sixteen seconds for the Desktop icons to show up after that. After about a minute, maybe a minute and a half, the programs in the taskbar begin to load up. It takes about a minute to finish loading up after that. Once those are complete, Cacheman reports something using most if not all of my RAM and CPU. Then, just like that, it's done loading and ready to go.
I have tried using MSConfig, as I said, and don't really think there's many programs I can take off the startup at this point. I'm not sure if there's anything else I should shut off with Autoruns - as I'm not sure which of the entries it lists are necessary, I haven't played with it much, beyond the loading tab.
I'm ready to leave things as is, for the most part, I would just like to see if anyone has any ideas how I could possibly speed it up a touch or why it might be taking so long on things like the wallpaper. I have scanned it, and do scan it, every day for viruses, so I'm pretty sure that's not the issue. I actually did some deeper scans recently as well for another issue which has been fixed. This actually started back in June, I just haven't gotten a chance to give in to the irritation it causes to try and do something about it until now. (The system took a hit in March, and I ended up reformatting the computer, but it just seems like it's been one thing after another since then. All have been fixed, but still...)