Startup really quite slow

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May 12, 2010 at 18:25:14
Specs: Windows XP Pro
Hi again, got a startup question.

As of a couple days ago, I noticed that this computer (IBM Thinkpad Laptop) is starting up even slower than before. I timed it, and it takes roughly three minutes to start up completely. While on the one hand I am grateful it starts up at all, I'd kinda like to speed it up a little.

I ran CHKDSK when I first noticed that it was hanging at startup on the wallpaper and cursor combo, taking a long time to load anything. Chkdsk found and repaired some things in the third section of the scan. I scanned it again when I noticed it was still loading slowly, but it came back clean.

I tried to take a few programs off of startup using msconfig. I restarted the computer and got a pop-up box informing me that it was starting in diagnostic/selective mode. It opened the dialogue box for msconfig and everything I had unchecked was checked again.

What it is doing is taking about a half minute on the windows loading screens, than roughly a minute on the wallpaper. No icons, just the wallpaper. The taskbar starts to load, then the desktop icons, than finally everything else loads up.

It takes less time to shut down, but it does take a minute or two. (It tends to worry me, since what started my problem saga two months ago was the computer hanging at shutdown with just the wallpaper and cursor showing. Hung for 20 minutes the one day. Has shut down so far, just makes me freak when it takes so long.)

Does anyone have any suggestions for how to make a stubborn computer start up better, or if there might be something wrong on this computer that it's trying to tell me and I'm missing?

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May 13, 2010 at 01:12:04
Phenyx, Speed depends on memory and a lot of machines are right on the borderline when it comes to meeting required minimums so any added 'memory hog' has an adverse effect. Add memory?
Sorta along those same lines is your startup menu. Lots of software writers think there's no possible way we could exist without their masterpiece so they put it in the startup menu. That usually only causes slow booting, but ... Find a list of 'must haves' @:
Take a look at what you have running in the background and be sure there aren't extras.

An overzealous firewall reading each item over and over can significantly slow things. Kinda along those same lines are temporary files. Search for *.tmp,*.chk,~*.*, .chk (c/p so there’re no errors) You should only have 1 file containing your currently active files. Delete any others found (tip: select all and delete. It’ll tell you which is active and can’t be deleted.).

A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. I run it often (daily).
There're others, but those are some of the more common. Suggested further reading: http://speedupslowcomputer-shelly.b...
Ed in Texas.

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May 15, 2010 at 08:24:20
Thanks for the hints - sorry I have been so slow to respond but we have been having a lot of thunderstorms here, so it's been a little hard to try and work on a computer. I have tried a few of your suggestions, and while it hasn't seemed to have sped up the startup much at least it's cleaner. I'll be doing some more over today and tomorrow as I get time.
I have noticed, though, in msconfig that cftmon is appearing twice. Is that normal, or should I try and remove one?

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May 15, 2010 at 12:23:58
Info on CTFMON:

The three most important things in computing:
1. Backups, 2. Backups and 3. Backups.

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May 15, 2010 at 13:37:40
download winpatrol and use that to remve your startup items easily.

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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May 17, 2010 at 16:19:17
Thanks everyone - I have not yet noticed it starting up any faster, but I'm going to take a few more things off the startup tonight and see if it helps.
I've installed WinPatrol, though I'm not 100% sure what it does, I'm learning through it's help files.
WinPatrol is indicating that one of the ctfmon entries I'm seeing is for IBMRecord - either way, I'm leaving it be, now that I know what it is.
I'll keep fussing with it, see what I can make happen- again, thanks for the hints.

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