Solved PC won't fully boot until I press reset

Toshiba / Satellite l305d
August 3, 2011 at 20:47:46
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 2.6GHz / 1000MB
PC won't boot until reset is pushed. After I press the power button, the computer comes on but won't even boot to POST screen. When I press the reset button, it boots immediately! This only happens after the computer has been shut down for some time! After booting to Windows (XP Pro) I can reboot with no problem. All help is greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance!

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#1
August 4, 2011 at 00:04:11
Sounds like something is struggling to open on Startup.

Open the task manager to the Processors tab, and make a list of all running processors.

Go to Start > Run, and type: msconfig. Go to the Startup tab and make a list of all entries (Startup Item column).

Post both lists here.

If this isn't the problem, at least we'll have eliminated one possible cause.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#2
August 4, 2011 at 16:27:37
Sci-Guy, Thanks for your reply. Sorry to wait so long in getting this info back to you:


PROCESSES

ipodservice
taskmgr
ctfmon
SiteRankTray
acrotray
SM1BG
DrgToDsc
iTunesHelper
MoM.exe
realsched
alg
avgtray
RTHDCPL.exe
avgcsrvx
jusched
searchindexer
avgemc
YahooAUService
avgcsrvx
spoolsv
CCC.exe
avgrsx
avgchsvx
ati2evxx
svchost–Local Service
svchost–Network Service
svchost–System
avgnsx
svchost–System
svchost–Local Service
svchost–Network Service
svchost–System
ati2evxx
lsass
winlogon
csrss
svchost–Local Service
smss
MDM
jqs
mDNSResponder
avgfws9
avgwdsvc
AppleMobileDeviceService
svchost–Local Service
explorer.exe
System
SystemIdleProcess


START-UP

RTHDCPL
Skytel
ALCMIR
avgtray
CLIStart
realsched
iTunesHelper
DrgToDsc
SM1BG
Acrobat_s l
Acrotray
dumprep O-K
jusched
SiteRankTray
DataMngrUI
ctfmon
Windows Search


I copied and pasted from a Word Document transcription. For future reference, is there an easier way to obtain these lists other than having to writing them down by hand, creating a text file, copying the contents of the text, and then pasting the list here??? :)
Thank you again for putting in the time and work to help me figure this out!


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#3
August 5, 2011 at 00:34:32
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Wow, that's a lot of processes running, and a lot of programs launching at start-up.

For testing purposes, disable everything in your start-up, except anti-virus.

To trim down your running processes, go to Black Viper's XP Service Configuration page (for your installed service pack, e.g. SP1, SP2, or SP3) and set everything according to the "Safe" column on that page. This will disable a lot of unneeded services/processes from running in the background. This is one of the first things I do when setting up a new machine. Note, you'll probably have a few that are not in his list, due to programs installed on your machine.

Once you have the start-up items disabled and the services/processes trimmed down, try it out and see if it has helped. I'm sure it'll at least boot quicker than before.

After re-reading your original post, I realized that I missed the bit about not booting to the POST screen, after being shutdown awhile. This sounds to me like a CMOS battery problem. If you can enter the BIOS, are the drives listed, and is the date/time correct? If the battery is dead/dying, the CMOS loses data, resulting in Date/time setting back to factory and hardware (drives, RAM, CPU, etc.) needs to be detected again.This hardware detection is vital to the BIOS being able to POST. You may even find that your CPU is running at a lower speed, due to lost FSB settings.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#4
August 7, 2011 at 17:06:23
Sci-Guy, I was finally able to get back to the computer after a busy weekend. I went through the procedures you had suggested and made the computer more responsive. As it turns out, you were right on about the battery dying. I replaced it and the computer boots immediately. YAY! :) Thank you for all of your input!!! Not only is the computer in much better shape, but, importantly, I have learned more about keeping it running at a higher efficiency. Once again, many thanks for your time and expertise.

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