XP PC very slow to start applications, help !!

Discussion in 'Gigabyte' started by PompeyRodney, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. PompeyRodney

    PompeyRodney Guest

    Could anyone please help me to resolve the very slow boot of my PC. Spec as
    follows, Athlon XP 1800, 512 mb ram, G Force 3 Ti 200 Graphics, running XP
    Pro SP 1. For as while now the computer takes an age to start up or to open
    an application. I have tried all the usual tweaks to try and speed it up. It
    is regularly defragmented. Currently the system takes of the order of 8
    minutes to fully load everything from boot. I would be grateful of any ideas
    anyone may have. Thanks again.
    PompeyRodney, Feb 2, 2004
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  2. Julian,

    Eight minutes? It sounds like you may very well have a virus on your
    system - either that or your hardware is about to fail.

    I'd strongly suggest that you get a copy of Norton AntiVirus (or whatever
    brand suits your fancy) and scan your system. Boot from the CD to do the
    "emergency" scan.

    If that turns up nothing then you may be forced to re-install the O/S. Did
    you, by any chance, install XP Pro as an upgrade to a previous O/S?

    Bruce W. Roeser, Feb 2, 2004
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  3. PompeyRodney

    blah Guest


    You don't mention what types of drives you have connected or how they are
    connected. Is it a 7200rpm drive? How much free space is there? Have you
    tried disconnecting all the other IDE devices except the hard drive? Have
    you run a test on the hard drive to find out what transfer rate you're

    blah, Feb 4, 2004
  4. One thought that leaps to mind, is that if a network card is set to use
    DHCP, and is not connected, you can get a minute or two delay, ending
    eventually with a 'timeout'. This can result in ludicrous boot delays, and
    some delays when first opening explorer.
    Does your drive support SMART?. If so, download a tool to interrogate the
    SMART data, and see if the HD is reporting an error. You could have an
    incipient HD failure, that is making the drive perform appallingly. The 'for
    a while now', suggests it could be a problem of this sort...

    Best Wishes
    Roger Hamlett, Feb 4, 2004
  5. PompeyRodney

    PompeyRodney Guest

    Hi Roger
    Thanks for your reply I will do as you suggested and let you know how things
    go, thanks again.
    PompeyRodney, Feb 8, 2004
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