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Laptop takes forever to boot.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by flex22, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. flex22

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    It takes about 10 minutes of the black screen before I see the XP sign.

    That's when I boot into the D drive (the one I use for stuff) installation of XP Pro.
    When I boot into the C drive installation of XP Pro (the backup drive), it takes the usual few seconds.

    This is :mad :cussing me right off.

    Where do I start?
     
  2. Fergal1982

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    try defragging the drive, scanning for spyware/adware, run a virus check, and run a registry cleaner! then run scandisk, and defrag once again. hopefully that should sort it out!

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  3. flex22

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    Done that, to be honest with you, but will go over it all again tomorrow.

    Anything's worth a go.

    Thanks:!:
     
  4. Jakamoko
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    Prob gonna get shot down in flames for this, but have you looked at boot.ini, and verified that the entry for the D: installation is using the /fastdetect switch ?


    Hey, if it doesn't help, at least I was thinking about it ....:oops:
     
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  5. AJ

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    Just wot I was going to say and to add that the ARC paths are pointing in the right places


    but you knew that anyway :oops:
     
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  6. flex22

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    Yes:!:checked :iagree
     
  7. AJ

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    Soz flex but why have you got 2 installs of XP on one machine???
     
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    That's how it came with the laptop.

    It said the C drive was a rescue partition or something.
    The main partition was the D drive.

    Well you know when my laptop died, in that other thread.

    Well I needed to reinstall XP because I couldn't get RC up because my password wasn't recognized because my laptop must have been installed via Sysprep (deep breaths).

    I remembered I had this other install of XP on my C drive, with no personal data on.
    So I reinstalled XP on the C drive in order to start my laptop (becasue it wouldn't boot at all before).

    When I had gotten into my C drive I ran SCANDISK and it recovered some files.

    After that I could boot into the D drive, wahey all my data back.

    But:!: the D drive takes forever to boot, but the C drive takes seconds.

    Well why did the laptop come with two installs of XP, I aint sure.
    Like I said, the C drive is a mere 2-3 GB, for recovery purposes.
    I'm sure glad it was there, otherwise I would have had to install over my D drive and would have lost all my data.

    Hope I'm explaining ok.
     
  9. AJ

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    But if you use the C:\ to boot from you can still see the d:\.


    If that's the case then why is there a problem. You can see both HDD and get to the data and NP.
     
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    That is true, I recognized that when I first recovered it.

    No desktop items appear though.What I need is for it to look like it did when I booted into the D drive.

    Do I need to copy the profile over or something?
     
  11. Jakamoko
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    How much room does each install have on the HDD for their page files...? :hhhmmm
     
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  12. flex22

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    C has none set.
    D has 1536 - 3072.

    D currently at 1536.
     
  13. Jakamoko
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    Try setting D install to allow Windows to set pagefile automatically......
     
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    I'll do that tomorrow I think.Cheers Jak.Don't want to turn laptop off yet and risk having to wait over 10 mins lol:!:

    I reckon the paging needs sorting anyhow, whether it sorts the boot problem or not, I don't think it's at the right setting.
     
  15. Jakamoko
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    From memory, the ideal set-up is to have both min and max page sizes set to the same, ie the max value, as this saves Windows from having to resize the file as it uses it. Ideally 1.5 to 2 times the size of physical RAM in the machine.


    Slim chance it will help, but worth a try. I think the profile option may be more fruitful...... Still, just buy a new bloody laptop, Flex :biggrin
     
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  16. Fergal1982

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    flex, PC PRO has a complete copy of partitionexpert 2003 personal, if you have data on the D drive that you actually need to keep, you could resize the partition on the C drive, transfer the files across, then blast the D drive and start afresh!!!! (Before copying the files back across and returning the partition size to normal!)

    just a suggestion!
     
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  17. flex22

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    sacrilege young man, you should be ashamed.

    Fergal I will look into this more tomorrow, thanks for the suggestions mates.
    I'm far tood runk to sort this now.

    Cheers:!: :beers2
     
  18. flex22

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    I've set the paging file to be managed by the system Jak, but the laptop still takes forever to boot.

    I could just repartition etc, but it's bugging the hell out fo me why this is happening.
    There's a reason why this is happening, and I want to try and figure it out.

    With your help of course :D
     
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