Boot time temporary lockup

September 28, 2009 at 22:07:28
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Core 2 Duo E6850 (3.0) Ghz
My system will boot up just fine. But for about the first 5-15 mins, no programs load up. Example: If I open windows media player, the program seems to open, but then stops before it fully loads, showing just a white screen in the player, no buttons work, and I have to close it with task manager. The same thing happens with firefox, MS Office etc. It also has problems with system tools, I can open control panel, but no tools in it. I simply get an hour glass. Now after 5-10 mins., I hear the HDD spin up, And just like that, it works. The system tool that I was waiting on pops up, and I then get the error messages about forcing the previous programs closed.The system has no other problems for as long as it is runs. I have tested the memory with memtest 86 +, two passed, no errors.

A Little more Detail on the System:
Asus P5K-E Motherboard
Seagate 3.5" 250GB HDD
4GB PC2-6400 (800 Mhz) Aeneon Ram
Nvidia 8600 GT 512MB GPU

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September 29, 2009 at 01:57:27
jax7778, a couple of things spring to mind. First (just maybe?) you might have some sort of nasty (virus, worm/trojan, etc.). Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed.
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so it doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Next is a file called 'index.dat'. 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.).
Both are pure speculation. May not be the deal at all, but even if they don't help, they won't cause harm.
Ed in Texas.

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September 29, 2009 at 13:55:45
Start at event viewer logs. I suspect some driver issue.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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September 29, 2009 at 19:01:01
As already noted various problems can cause the system to freeze during boot. I had a system in for service yesterday that was hanging during boot because the AVG Free install was corrupt and causing the same symptoms. I tried disabling items in MSCONFIG startup and identified AVG as the only one starting that was suspicious. Since the program can't be disabled from booting I had to remove it. The system booted correctly and we were able to reinstall AVG. The biggest problem in testing this was not being able to open the Task Manager since it was one of the programs that would not open until the problem program loaded. Consider that you could have a hardware problem causing the boot slowdown. Hard drive failures can cause long boot times and once the system is running they can work well enough to be only randomly annoying.

Check for hardware and spyware before trying a restore because the problem could cause a restore failure and then require major servicing to bring XP back online.

Good luck


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