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Slow BIOS POST and not booting onto a disc or Windows

Q: Slow BIOS POST and not booting onto a disc or Windows

Hi there,

I have a Lenovo laptop here that is having quite a few problems. Firstly it was just a problem in Windows where I would click to open something, it would flash up and then close immediately. I thought this may be a HDD error so I tried to boot on to the Windows disc to do a CHKDSK. I powered on the laptop, pressed a key to boot from the CD and Windows started loading files. After loading files it showed the Windows Vista "Aurora" background and then the laptop just crashed and restarted. Now it just gets to BIOS and after a long time it does the POST and then reboots. I thought it may have been the RAM also so I have changed out this. Any suggestions? I have an inkling that it may be the motherboard.



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A: Slow BIOS POST and not booting onto a disc or Windows

so it will not even let you do anything with the BIOS?
it sounds as if it is the flash memmory (part of the motherboard) if it is it would most likely be cheaper to replace the MB
you could try reinstalling the BIOS it is a bit of a long shot but it might work, you would have to use a floppy disk for this (usb one should work).

hope this helps

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[Solved] Trouble booting, BIOS only randomly completing POST


Sorry if this post is long but it is my first post here and I'm not very computer literate. I'm trying to provide as much information as possible to help solving my problem. I have an older computer that is mostly used for checking mail and surfing the Internet. During the last weeks it has had problems booting up when restarting the computer or powering it up. It usually takes a couple of tries before it boots successfully.

When it fails to boot the following happens: I press the power button and the green light close to the power button lights up and I can hear the CPU and case fans start. The dvd drive led flashes and then the amber light below turns on and stays on for about 30 seconds. However the monitor doesn't turn on (which would happen on a successful boot), it just stays in standby mode. After about 30 seconds the amber light turns off and nothing else happens (POST failing?). The computer never reahces the "OK beep" (there are no beeps whatsoever). After a couple of attempts it boots up properly (the monitor turns on, it lists the hard drives etc., the computer beeps once and Windows starts loading).

Any idea what could be the reason for this? Sometimes it boots up on the first attempt, other times it can take 4-5 times before a successful start.

Here are the specs for the computer:

CPU: AMD Athlon XP 1600+
Motherboard: MSI K7T266A Pro 2
RAM: 2 x 512 MB King... Read more

A:Trouble booting, BIOS only randomly completing POST

The easiest hardware replacement is the power supply. You said the original replacement was "crappy" when you bought it. 3 years is good for crappy

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New To The Forums Here So Heya =]
This lil issue never really bothered me but is so irritant its like a bad itch.
was wondering if anybody would take 2 secs to give a tiddy hand lol

when i press the ON button without my ATI Radeon HD 5450 in the PCI-E slot my pc makes 1 click sound then i can see the POST and away we go (Whopp)
but with the ATI Card installed it clicks like 10 times and the front lights flash every time it clicks (i say clicks cause thats what it dose sound like lol) the power and HDD light flash, its like its resetting itself severaltime to get power buildup to run the card :S
on the box for the card it says MINIMUM 300W PSU so i though hmm my standard wont do no good, so i got myself a 500W ATX PSU an still dose it and on the ol trusty CPU-Z it reads its running at 8x when apaz my mobo is up-to 16x an my ATI is a 16x but the main Q is whats with what loks like bad starting, its like a old vw in the cold lol

any ideas??
if ya need any more info just ask im not a noob at pc's =] (just not to much jargon hehe) =]

thanks in adavnce
M.D Tyler


I Have Also Another Computer With A PCI Graphics Card on XP Which USED to run fine but now since a reinstall with the same drivers and same OS as was same disc, wont work past the Boot Manager unless its run in VGA Mode, Any Ideas Here??

ps thought ide ask here as they both are kinda the same an saves 2x posts =]

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A:Graphics Card Change, Strange Booting Before Bios POST

Hello mileztyler1205. Welcome to the Forum.

Because you say that when you take the 5450 card out of the PC you still get video that leads me to assume that the motherboard has on-board graphics.
It is necessary to disable the on-board graphics chip in order to use a video card. Newer motherboards switch the on-board chip off automatically, but some older boards required you to do so manually in the BIOS settings. That is where you should start.

The "click" sound is interesting. Most PCs beep, not click. Here I am going to guess that the speaker on the motherboard or computer case is defective and rather that beep you are just getting an electronic snap (or click).

As for the second machine it sounds like the video driver did not install correctly.
Completely uninstall all graphics card software and the driver. Then restart and try again.

And it is always better to write 2 posts. Otherwise it gets very confusing as to what question is being addressed.

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I am having problems with direct booting into Windows 8 installed into a VHDX file.
This is a four-partition UEFI boot on a GPT drive. EFI files are residing on a second partition of disk 0 (the ESP partition) in the EFI folder. The boot virtual disk is residing on the fourth partition of that disk 0.
When I turn on the PC, it shows black screen after the BIOS POST screen. No Windows 8 boot menu, no other information is displayed. However, if I press Shift+F12 (or F12) to start Dell BIOS Boot Menu and choose Windows Boot Manager from the UEFI part of
the boot menu, Windows 8 starts to boot without difficulties.
How do I make Windows to boot automatically without having to select Windows Boot Manager in DELL BIOS boot menu?
I believe I messed up with boot sector somehow... What needs to be fixed provided that Windows 8 will boot into VHDX file?
Thank you.

Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

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Lenovo y50-70 was giving fan problem. so i read that the latest bios version fixed that issue. so i updated bios to 3.03. Before bios update, my laptop starts and within 1-2 seconds the lenovo logo comes up and 4-5 seconds it will be in log screen.Now after bios update i followed same steps with a clean install of windows 10 Now it takes 8-9 seconds to show lenovo logo after that rest all take same time as before. Lenovo y50-70bios v3.03SSD 860 EVOwindows 10No startup programs (windows defender and realtek audio which is same before update) Note: I maintained log file which i followed again with updated bios after clean install of windows 10. (so windows settings are same) The pre-boot time in boot racer and bios time in task manager are same and the time is 8.6 seconds.The below image is a clean boot test results using bootracer and task manager bios time

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I am guessing that something quite wrong was done in 2.20 (and it persists into 2.21). There was no such errant behavior with 2.19, as I've confirmed by reinstalling 2.19.  Works perfectly and boots promptly and the BIOS Setup utility works lickity-split with 2.19, just like it always has.  But with the install of 2.20 the behavior changed drastically.
Looking at the README for BIOS 2.20 this definitely seems like the culprit:
[Problem fixes]- Fixed an issue where fan might rotated with max speed due to not reading CPU   temperature correctly.- Fixed an issue where system might not boot to OS when attached an external monitor   and its USB3 devices.- Fixed an issue where network boot might happened at reboot after resume from suspend   by Wake On LAN.
At first I thought I had blown the BIOS update, since my screen was simply black for what seemed like 1-2 minutes after displaying the Lenovo logo and "press ENTER to interrupt" message.  I pressed ENTER repeatedly but nothing happened, for a long time.  Eventually, the hard drive activity LED on the P70 started flashing, and seemingly almost 2 minutes later, the machine came to life and boot process continued normally.
Then, once I entered the BIOS, I used the right-arrow key to navigate through the tabs.  No problem until I got to the Security tab and then pressed right-arrow one more time to navigate into the Boot tab... and it hung!  Didn't go ri... Read more

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Hi all,

Just bought a used computer (low budget!) and it has a problem with Starting up. After I push the power-on button, the computer takes about 1-2 min to go through auto dectecting my harddrive (primary master ide). It has no delay auto dectecting the DVD (secondary master ide) and the other two are disable. Then Before loading Window xp logo, the computer "hangs" for 2 more min...ZZZzzzzz. (Just Black screen) But everything run smooth after window start loading up. I have tried flashing the new bios with the lastest verion, tried using another harddrive and messing around with the bios setup, but nothing helps. I don't think it has anything to do with xp because the "hanging" happens before loading xp. ANY ADVISE?? Greatly appricated!!

Here is my specs:
-AMD duron 1.6GHz
- ASrock K7VT4A+
-256 DDR 400 Ram
-ATI Radeon 9000 64 MB DDr w/ TV out
-6GB Wester Digital HDD
-16x Mitsumi DVD rom Drive

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Has anyone else noticed that after the A09 bios update to your 11-3147 it takes way longer to boot up? It takes on average 15 seconds of staring at the Dell logo before Windows 10 starts to boot. I installed an SSD drive once It gets to the point of the OS booting it's lightning fast...just the bios post seems exceptionally slow. I'll try reinstalling the previous bios to confirm. I'm just wondering if anyone else has had this happen also. I also have an 11-3148 and there was a bios update for it on the same day. It didn't affect it's boot speed at all and in fact seemed to cure the "plugged in not charging" issue that it had.

A:Inspiron 11-3147 A09 bios update - slow post

I'm using a Samsung Evo 850 256Gb.
Here's an update to this strange story: Yesterday I reverted back to A07 bios. bios went in all fine but then can't boot into windows. It doesn't see my drive. it does in the bios but not during post apparently. All boot and drive settings look the same as they were before. Tried a repair install of 10 which actually worked for me this time (previously I've only had failures for some reason). It finishes and gives me a log file of the apps and such it killed in the process. Mostly just the Dell Apps which is no big deal. Rebooted and once again boot times are nice and speedy as I was hoping. And that's not all folks! To top it all off, it now sleeps properly instead of just shutting down like I was whining about in my last post. Bizarre to say the least. This was my last ditch effort. If this had failed I was going back to the dreaded 8.1. Used it all evening as I normally would and it's working flawlessly. Only thing I notice of any mention is the battery will not show 100% charge which is what the A09 bios update fixed. No biggie. It says 99% and I know it's fully charged. It really makes me wonder how much the guys at Dell check stuff out before it's released. Seems like every computer guy that's worked for my company is the same way....fix one bug but neglect to check if the fix affected anything else and walk away.

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I am trying something today with a windows xp computer, I need to get into the bios. In the past there was something I did, whilst logged into xp, which let me increase the time I had to get into the BIOS during startup. I've forgotten what it was. I cannot stand trying to strike a key (and I don't even yet know whether the correct key on the machine in question is "del", "esc" or one of the f keys) in a limited time, my reactions are slow, I've tried and never succeeded with this. I swear there is a way to make the computer wait and give me chance to enter BIOS settings, I swear I've done it before on windows xp. I've searched google but cannot find it, all I can find are articles saying how to speed up bootng (and they aren't the sort techniques which can be reversed to slow it down). On windows xp does restarting while holding down "shift" or "del" let you boot to the bios setup screen, the way that on windows 8/8.1 holding down "shift" when you restart does? Please tell me how, Thank You.

A:CAn someone please remind me how to slow the booting, so I can get into the bios

You can get in the BIOS by using the hot key that correspond with the model of your PC.
Watch the bottom of the screen on boot. There will be a message that tells you which key to press to enter the SETUP. Generally it would be one of the following: F1, F2, F12, F10, DEL, ESC, ENTER...As your PC starts, press the appropriate key repeatedly, about once each second.
If your reactions are slow, understandable, but you were able to see which key you needed to press, restart the computer, & with your finger at the ready on the correct key press it repeatedly
Knowing which make & model of computer you have would narrow down the choices.
I am not aware of any setting in Win XP that would allow you to slow down the boot time. Accessing the BIOS is independent of any OS on your computer because the BIOS is part of your motherboard hardware.

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How do I ensure that nobody can slip in a Windows 7 or 8 disc and reinstall windows on my laptop? I have a BIOS password, but in the boot priority order it doesn't list my disc drive as an option.. Only "Windows Boot Manager"... So I'm unsure as to whether someone can just stick a disc in and reinstall windows.

Reason being is that I had my laptop stolen two months ago. I had tracking software on it (Prey), but the theif never connected to the internet, which is required for the software to work. Which leads me to assume that they just formatted (my win 7) laptop and reinstalled windows straight away. So I'm learning from my mistakes, and wanting to do it right for my new laptop.

A:How to prevent Windows 8.1 booting from removable disc?

Even BIOS password can be bypassed easily, all it takes is BIOS reset. Except for autodestruct there's actually no way to proof it.

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I have a missing NTLDR problem. I know the steps to fix this.
But when i boot windows disc. It gives me the option of pressing F2.... That does nothing because i need another disc. So i let it load the files normally. And it guides me directly to 3 hard drives. (My harddrives) Here is the problem. I don?t know what to do. I don?t know if i?m doing it wrong, if i went too far away. Or if i?m too early

A:Problem booting windows disc for repair

Boot off of the CD and get to the Recovery Console. By pressing R (follow the steps in the link provided)

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I am stuck in a odd situation with my laptop. It's now gotten to the point where I just want to do a repair of Windows and hope that fixes things, but whenever I boot into my Windows XP CD, it says that it can't find any hard drives on my laptop. I can still boot into safe mode and access my files, so my hard drive is obviously there.

Is there a way to initiate a windows repair WITHOUT booting into the CD? Or, can anyone think of why my CD can't find my hard drive?

A:Initiate Windows Repair without booting to disc?

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Hi all

I'm just in the process of putting together a new PC, and I've unloaded all my old components into a different case, and am now trying to install windows back onto it (onto a different hdd though). Having some strange problems that I can't figure out.

All the components are identical to how they were when I last installed windows, except for the hard disk. The problem is, when trying to boot the windows vista install dvd, I was just seeing a black screen with a flashing cursor for about 5 minutes, before getting the message:

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

This was weird, as the boot priority was set fine in the BIOS, the dvd drive and the hdd were both recognized.

What was weirder was that I then decide to reset the BIOS settings to default, and after then trying to boot from the dvd again I get this message:

"The file may be corrupt. The file header checksum does not match the computed checksum"

Does anyone have any ideas? Frustratingly I'm stuck here trying to figure this out instead of getting on with building my new sandybridge rig!

A:Windows Install disc booting problems

Wipe the HDD with KillDisk - http://sysnative.com/killdisk_imgburn.html

Try Vista installation again.

Regards. . .



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I recently did a virus scan on my cpu and deleted an important system function now i get a system error c0000218 (Registry File not found)

So i have the windows xp cd but my drive hasnt been readin anything lately ! it wont boot it at all. i dont know what to do. my drive isnt dead i dont think it still makes noise and opens and closes on command and it lights up still. i need to get my drive to work so i can fix my hard drive. PLease help. i have a laptop

A:Help Windows install Issue! Not Booting Disc!

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I've been having problems with my computer booting. Here's what's going on. I have 3 ide disc drives - a cd drive, a dvd drive, and a cd burner. I've had my cd drive unhooked because I haven't been using it. I had my dvd drive hooked up to one of my ide channels as the master, and the cd burner as slave. Everything was working fine until today. I haven't really been using dvds at all, and since I need to rip a bunch of cds and my cd drive is much faster, I decided to hook the cd drive back up. I unhooked the ide cable from the dvd drive and plugged it into the cd drive, and hooked up the power supply cable to the dvd drive. All the cables are connected securley. I made sure to set the jumper in the right position for master and slave on the cd drives as well.

Anyway, when I booted up my computer, the bios loaded and windows xp professional began to load. The problem is, it never stops loading. It hangs at the loading screen and never gets passed it. So then, I decided to hook back up the cd drive the same way it was before, and the same thing happened: windows hung forever at the loading screen. After messing around with other configurations of my drives as master and slave, and using other ide channels and cables, it seems that the only way that the system will boot is if the cd burner is hooked up by itself.

I'm not sure of my motherboard's model, but It has a pentium 4 1.7 ghz processor. In addition to the two ide channels, I have... Read more

A:ide disc drive causing windows to hang while booting?

You're not hooking up the CD drives to the add-in controller are you? Some PCI IDE controller cards only support hard drives.

You may also wish to go into the BIOS setup and make sure the BIOS sees all the drives on the motherboard IDE's correctly before booting Windows. Try setting the option to AUTO on whatever channel the CD-ROM is connected.

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I have a Dell XPS 400 and I'm running off of a 500 gb barracuda harddrive. Here's my problem.

When I try to boot up my computer I got the following error a second or two after the windows logo shows up

"A Problem has been detected and windows has shut down to prevent damage to your computer..."
The error code is

STOP: 0x00000024 (0x00190203,0x85D97A98, 0xC0000102, 0x00000000)

When I insert my windows disc, I get the following error

"Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer".

I searched online and attempted to integrate my harddrive drivers onto my windows disc. This is the source from which I got my drivers


I then proceed to use a program called Nlite to create a new windows disc, and burnt that disc using a program called imgburner. When I use that disc and press F6 during set up I get the following message

"Setup could not determine the type of one or more mass storage devices installed in your system, or you have chosen to manually specify an adapter. Currently setup will load support for the following mass storage devices


*To specify additional SCSI adapters cd-rom drive, or special disk controllers for use with windows including those for which you have a device support disk from a mass storage device manufacturers press S.

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A:Can't get past the Windows screen, Harddrive not acknowledged when booting from disc

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I had Windows 7 installed for years and then, opposite of my intention, it was upgraded to 10 somehow. This was about a year ago.

I've been dealing with 10 just because I've been too lazy to wipe and downgrade. Suddenly yesterday, my PC refused to boot 10. It gave me the black and white screen saying that Windows failed to boot and told me to insert my disc to attempt a repair. Obviously my Windows 7 disc did not do anything to repair the somehow botched Windows 10 installation.

I figured this was a perfect opportunity to wipe my OS drive clean and reinstall Windows 7.

My issue is that my computer powers up and POSTs fine, but I am stuck with a black screen with a blinking underscore for several minutes before Windows 7 begins to boot. I tried resetting my BIOS to optimized defaults, but this did nothing to remedy the issue. I also tried disconnecting my non-OS drives to see if they were causing it...nothing changed.

I'm running a RAID0 of two Samsung 840 PROs. Never had an issue booting Win7 or 10 prior to this...

Once booted, Windows runs completely fast, smooth, and normal.

A:Fresh Windows 7 install takes forever to start booting after POST

Which post: UEFI or BIOS? Fast Boot: on? off? Two internal hard-drives? The windows 7 install/repair came with this computer, correct?

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i had recently built a new computer. after installing windows 7 everything was fine, except for during start-up it'd say 'no keyboard deteced'. which it wasn't detecting it because i couldnt acess bios during this. once i came to the windows log in screen, it was then reading the keyboard.

a few days ago i had a power outage during a thunderstorm and now a screen appears when turning on my computer giving me 2 options somehwat like 'continue start up' and 'enter a set up'. these are extremely general ideas of what it says but its not the usual 'start windows normally' screen. i would look but i'm currently at work since i cannot access the internet at home due to these problems lol.

the problem with this screen appearing is that since it is not detecting my keyboard at post, i have no where else to go. i've tried every usb port, as well as a ps/2 keyboard.

i either a. need to figure out how to get past this screen or not have it appear at all or b. figure out how to get it to detect my keyboard.

if you have any suggestions or info i'd really appreciate the help.


A:odd post/bios screen, plus no keyboard detected @ post

you could try removing the CMOS battery on the motherboard and using the jumper to reset the BIOS to factory defaults.

Always us a known good PS/2 keyboard. USB is OK after you have everything setup but unless you enable Legacy USB support in the BIOS the USB keyboard may not be seen by the BIOS (I've had this exact problem).

If the PS/2 keyboard is not seen when plugged into the keyboard PS/2 port move it to the PS/2 mouse port.

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Hello 7forums. I have a problem with my Windows 7 Professional (32bit). I'll try to explain everything in detail.

PC specs:
Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO CPU T5800 @2.0 GHZ
Installed memory (RAM): 2.0 GB
System type: 32-bit operating system

Yesterday I was using uTorrent to download some files (24 gigabytes +). It was downloading at a speed of ~7-8 Mb/s. During the download I noticed that the PC was running pretty hard and I checked in the Task Manager for processor and RAM usage, noticing that the processor was used at around 50% of capacity but RAM memory was used at 1.9 GB, that's around 98%.

I restarted the laptop and run the download again. Memory usage was about 1.4 GB. Then, I tried to open Firefox and go check something on a website and everything crashed. I unplugged the laptop (n00b way of solving things) to shut it down and then started it back. At this point I noticed that it took like half an hour to boot and show desktop. Also, everything was running extremely slow.

I inserted my Windows 7 disc and ran through the `Repair Windows` wizard. I left it like that for about an hour and it was just telling me `Attempting Repairs`. I stopped it at that point and then re-installed Windows by formatting the partition.

Now, when I start the laptop it takes like 5-10 minutes until it shows me the desktop (before was 1 minute). Also I noticed that everything runs extremely slow. All the drivers have been successfully installed (except ... Read more

A:Windows boots very slow and runs slow after booting

Hello and welcome abyssal Mate for very starters I would be running some malware scans the two I would run would Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware.

http://www.superantispyware.com/ and http://www.malwarebytes.org/

Next would sticking another 2GB of RAM what you have got is absolute bare minimum.

Plus some specs on your system would be helpful

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Hi..recently I've been facing odd problem that my XP is not working proper fast..when i start my computer it takes more than usual time to boot on the screen written "Windows XP"...I ignored the prob for some time n finally it got stuck so terribly that I cudnt even restart it or run it in safe mode..it was showing some error in reading disc then..somehow I installed fresh copy of window XP and then it worked properly for sometime...till the time I played nfs most wnated game online by using gameranger..then the game crashed with background wallpaper wasnt there instead a new blue background was there...and it got restarted by itself...now it is agin that slow idk why...also i wasnt disconnecting my USB hard disc while booting of computer (happaned sometime before with older windows)...also for some time i was using utorrent for downloading..so overall...i used these things on fresh window and made computer slow...
1) played nfs mw online by gameranger
2) downloaded from utorrent
3) booted up pc with usb hard disc connected

I checked for startup programmes there isnt any worth useless..
Please help me...i tried system restore but it failed..
this is my 1st question in the community so pardon me for any inappropriate presentation of prob

A:slow windows XP(slow booting and programme running)

The u torrent made your computer slow. Check your Task MAnager for extra processes(remember to see processes for all users),check your computer with reliable anti-malware programs and antispyware programs like spybot S&D,Malwarebytes'Anti-Malware,Ad-Aware,and your AV program. Try online scanners like kaspersky and f-secure. If nothing helps,scan your computer with HiJackThis(post log here somewhere,I can't handle HJT logs.And dont AnalyzeThis)and OTListit by OldTimer(like a better version of HJT) Then put the Extras.Txt also in the mix as an attachment if this forum allows txt attachments. I would suggest malware from p2p sharing made it slow. If that fixes it,stay clean. Never visit any pornographic websites or download anything(except AV programs) without an Antivirus program like Avast!,AVG ,F-Secure,Norton etc.

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Hi, I'm kinda new and any help is appreciated.

My computer lately for the third time now (been about 1 month...) have begun freezing on the first boot when I turn on my computer. It usually freezes right after I log on to windows, a few seconds after my desktop is loaded up and right before all of my startup programs are loaded. With this, my cursor will be frozen and my computer will not react to cap locks or numlocks when i press them and I would be stuck on my desktop with a frozen cursor. And then usually I would have to restart the computer once to a few more times before the computer can successfully start up without freezing. Sometimes when it freezes, it would freeze right after the Windows XP logo on a black screen.

Sometimes, when it takes me too many times to restart in order for the computer to start up, it will end up loading up the BIOS right after restart. With this, I will simply either save and exit the BIOS to continue to boot to windows. However, most of the times, my computer will just freeze on a blank black screen right after I hit "save changes and exit bios" or "discard changes and exit bios (tried both)" as it would not load to windows. With this, I would have to restart again and once again takes me to the bios screen. I would do the same and it would freeze again after I exit the BIOS. It would only be after a dozen painful tries, it would finally load up windows successfully. Once my computer boot and started up successfu... Read more

A:Computer freezes at Windows XP startup or Post BIOS.

Hi .Since the system does boot...I would take a look at Event Viewer, looking for errors which might provide clues.How To Use Event Viewer - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/40108/how-to-use-event-viewer/ If it is a drive problem of any sort, there may be an error generated...referring to Disk0, Disk1, or something similar.Louis

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Have an odd problem thats only just started; when i boot windows (in any except the safe modes) after the bios posts and windows logo appears with the loading bar, when this then disappears then the pc stops booting JUST before it would be starting Windows.

I have tried resetting the bios to optimized settings, no difference.
Tried using "last known good configuration": no difference.
I have tried starting in Safe mode (which works), and then restoring the system to a time when i know it worked fine: still doesn't make a difference when restarted.

Any help gratefully received.


Asus A7N8XD (v2)
AMD Athlon XP 2500+
1GB pc4200 RAM (2x512mb Paired)
Windows XP Pro

A:XP stops loading after bios post and windows logo.

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I was using my computer when it started to slow down and then it blue screened, and then when I restarted it , it just loads into BIOS and won't boot up windows even when I select the hard drive manually. Wondering what happened/how to fix it. Thanks

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I usually reimage my computers every year using Norton Ghost. I fell behind the past couple of years and just kept working on the old installation. Just past 2 years, I began to see have some issues popping up, ultimate leading to some blue screens. They appeared to be related to a sudden conflict with Asus Ai Charge +, even thought I had this disabled in the Asus Suite. After removing the suite, the BSOD went away. A couple weeks later, I started having some problems with Google Earth Pro, Autodesk Civil 3D, teamviewer, and some delayed connectivity to my NAS upon login.

I decided it was long overdue, and ghosted my computer back to an image created just after first install. Though the install went well, and the computer seems to be working great after login (as always after a fresh re-image), the bootup into Windows is lagging, upwards of 2-3 minutes. In other words, I boot right past the BIOS post, but the computer just hangs at the black "Starting Windows" screen just before the logo appears. It hangs for about 2-3 minutes, and once the logo appears, everything gets right back on track. No lag once with logo appears.

I tried disconnecting external usb drive, disconnecting my ethernet cable, but these didn't do anything.

Anyone have any futher aid in troublshooting this problem?

Thanks for your help.

A:Bootup into Windows 7 is lagging terrible after BIOS Post - Any Advise

Try to do check disk ..may b ur comp is doing everytime u boot

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Hi, I am having a issue where when I first boot my computer after it has not been booted for awhile (6 or more hours) the Boot screen shows Green, Red, block of color all over the place, then windows loses all my drivers, and has color all over it to as I move my move through them they go away then come back. After it warms up a little bit I can restart it and it works fine again. I am extremely confused as to what is going on here. I am wondering if my cpu fan is not cooling quick enough on boot, or my psu is messing up, maybe my graphics card is to old but all of these have no reason to make it boot without any drivers and colors all over the place at the sametime. Thank you for your time.

A:Bios and Windows booting with colors all over the place.

Try removing and thoroughly cleaning the graphics card and slot.Then use methylated spirits [denatured alcohol] to clean all contacts.If the card has a cooling fan attached,make sure the intake and exhaust louvres are clean and clear and blow gently on the fan to make sure it still rotates.Carefully inspect the card for any discolouration caused by heat and the capacitors[large cylindrical components] for distortion.
Monitor artifacts are normally caused by card problems,as you would expect,there are exceptions.

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Hey everyone, I don't even know where to start.  
A few weeks ago I had the extra money to upgrade some of the components in my computer.  I upgraded to 32 GB of RAM, reinstalled Windows 10 to a SSD, and bought a new GFX card.  The GFX card didn't arrive until two days ago, and I promptly realized I needed a new PSU.  The GFX card is a GeForce GTX 1080, the new PSU is a Corsair CX750, RAM is in 4 8 GB Cosair Vengeance cards.  This is my motherboard: http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03132942.  
Once I installed everything, the computer was running fine.  Potentially independently of all of this, I was sporadically receiving an error that my WD external harddrive was having power surges.  I attempted to troubleshoot this issue, but came away with the general consensus that this was some error in Windows 10.  Once I installed the new PSU, I was receiving this warning about the WD drive more frequently so I attempted to really troubleshoot the issue.  Upgrading/rolling back drivers/etc. yielded to the drive suddenly not working.  Power light was on and it was whirring, but no connection and not showing up in devices.  I then tried plugging it into my MacBook.  Nothing their either.  Back to the PC, tried a few more things, still nothing.  Plugged it back into the Mac, turned around to change what outlet I had the external plugged into and turned around to see the MacBook w... Read more

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Hi All,

I have an HP Touchsmart 610 all-in-one touch screen computer.

It normally runs Windows 7, however it has experienced an issue with corruption in the BIOS (at least a corrupt BIOS seems likely; otherwise it could possibly be a graphics card issue).

I now need to work out how I can update the BIOS without having the OS installed. Using the OS would be too risky, as shortly after Windows loads a BSOD occurs.

Can anybody point me in the right direction for updating the BIOS directly?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


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Hello all,

I've ran into a number of issues----tried overclocking my computer and updated my bios, just reverted it back a version though as I've had problems. None of which have been fixed.

So if I reboot my computer it boots to bios, every time. Boot order looks perfect to me.....Additionally if I try to boot by choosing a boot disk in the bios it just loops to bios......If I boot the computer and press F8 and then choose my disk, I get to Windows 10 64bit with no problem......what the heck?

980 ti
16gb ram
Windows 10 64bit
Asus Z170 Pro Gaming Bios v 1204

A:Trouble booting to windows(always boots to bios)

it sounds like you could have a UEFI / legacy mode config problem. set it to legacy and see what happens.

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Back in December 2009 I bought a computer from iBuypower. I have just recently noticed how slow the install is because I got a new copy of Windows 7 for my 13inch MacBook Pro(2.66 Core2, 4GB RAM) and it seems to run games faster and be more stable. Could it just be a early version of 7 that is causing the problem? or is it hardware?

iBuyPower Specs:
Core i7 OCed 3.2GHz
12GB RAM at 1600Mhz
ATI 5850 1GB

A:Slow Windows 7(iBuypower Disc)

Your over clock maybe causing it to slow down.

Heat can cause issues with Hardware, and can you post pictures of the insides of your case.

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Hello! Having some serious issues, as it seems we all have. So, here's the situation. As a nerd truck driver I bought a laptop for skyping with the family and playing games. Laptop was working fine one night and the next morning I start it up and windows won't boot. Just gives me a blank screen with the infamous blinking cursor in the top left.

After searching the forums, it appears I need the Win7 install discs, which this computer did NOT come with. I may be able to get my hands on a reinstall disc, but I doubt it'll be a samsung laptop disc. I was, however, able to make a recovery disc from my wife's Dell laptop. I thought she had a reinstall disc, but we can't find it.

My current problem, and the most troubling, is that now BIOS doesn't even show the HDD. I checked the connections and they are fine, and I was able to put the SATA drive in my desktop and copied all my important data to my desktop. So I know the drive is good. Nothing is corrupted and all partitions, including the recovery partition is intact. I can't figure out why the laptop isn't showing the drive in BIOS now, though.

I've tried the recovery disc a second time, but it doesn't seem to want to boot correctly now. It worked fine when the HDD was recognized, but now it's getting to the blinking screen, then the cursor jumps to the bottom right and pixelates across the bottom of the screen like it's trying to load.

I can probably get my hands on a reinstall disc if I can download one or ask around tomorro... Read more

A:Hard Drive first not booting Windows, now not recognized in BIOS

Ok, I got the recovery disc to boot again, but still don't have the HDD in BIOS yet. Only option that works in the recovery disc is the command prompt. searching for the HDD that way, but so far, I have only found D: which has the Dirs: Boot, and Sources, and a file called bootmgr. This is along with X: which is obviously the recovery disc. So far, I can't find anything else.

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Hi there, as the title says when I boot to windows 8 I get a blinking cursor in the top left corner for about 1 second, then I get sent to the BIOS. If I boot to my Linux hard drive however everything works fine.

I figured I would just install a fresh copy of windows, but when I boot to the install disk (I tried both 64 and 32 bit), the windows 8 icon shows up and I get the spinning dots for maybe 10 seconds or so then I just get a blank back lit screen. Is it just coincidence that my drive failed at the same time as both disks failed or is there maybe something hardware related?
Thanks in advance.

A:Booting to windows sends me back to BIOS, can't reinstall

You may have to restore the Windows Boot Loader.
Check out some prospects by Googling "Restore Windows Boot Loader with EasyBCD",
and, check back here often; lots of helpful folks here at W8F.

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I am look for a last ditch help on fixing the BIOS/POST problem on a perfectly fine E6230
I was attempting to make a powered eSATA cable work when I enabled the SATA 4 and SATA 5 button in the BIOS.
After reboot... nothing..
I have been told it is a motherboard failure but this is too co-incidental!
I have tried a reset of the BIOS by disconnecting all power even the BIOS Coin battery .... nothing - no POST - although the LED shows that laptop is detecting lack of memory and HDD
A search shows that for INSPIRON laptops the BIOS can be unpacked and re-FLASHED to reset.
Does anyone know how to achieve this with the DELL Latitude Laptop or another way to reset the BIOS setting please?

Many thanks for any help or advice

A:Reset or Re-flashing BIOS Dell latitude E6230 - BIOS Corrupted will not POST

You can click the link below for steps to resolve a corrupted bios.
BIOS Recovery options on a Dell PC or Tablet

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On BIOS 1.88 have fix description:= = =[Problem fixes]
- Fixed an issue that system no VGA output when install Ultra Dock with 4K monitor.= = = My L540 laptop with Ultra Dock without 4K monitor ( just plug an LCD 1440*900 monitor), it will always hang on first BIOS Post(after Windows normal shutdown), force shutdown, power up again. it can normally boot. Does the latest 1.89 BIOS have the same situation? I can not update due to it no way to rollback old version BIOS.= = =[Important updates]
- Update includes a security fix.
(Note)If the UEFI BIOS has been updated to 1.89 or higher,
it is no longer able to roll back to the version before 1.89
for security improvement.= = = HPBird

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Ok so I'm having a major issue with my new laptop.

Acer V5-571-6806 Win 8

I wanted to install windows 7 on a second partition. So I'll go through what I did and what is messed up.

I created a new partition in Windows 8. Inserted disc and attempted to do a custom install. Got error because of the secure boot stuff on Windows 8 machines. I was able to access the bios here. I changed the bios to Legacy bios and turned off secure boot.

Well, that was a mistake. I already had issues entering the bios before and this just created a huge issue I think.

So I inserted the windows 7 install disc again, it booted on its own from the disc. I was unable to install win 7 because of GPT partition.

So then I just wanted to boot windows 8 again. Took out disc and rebooted laptop.

Now every time I get


Then a black screen that says Operating System not Found

So far I am assuming it is stuck trying to boot from the disc.

Once I insert the Win 7 install disc it boots and goes through the normal install process.

On post it says press F2 for bios and F12 for boot menu.

Neither of these do anything. I tried other F keys, exc, del, etc. nothing. Sometimes a beep, but I cant get into bios or anything.

I also tried an external keyboard, nothing.

I am burning a win 8 recovery disc on another pc right now. Will this help me out?

Is there a way to reset my bios manually similar to a desktop motherboard?

A:Windows 8 laptop Acer V5-571-6806 Stuck trying to boot Disc Drive, cant access bios

Hello MrOldboy and welcome to TSF,

Are you having issues accessing the BIOS?

The first thing you need to do is enter the BIOS and reset it to defaults. GPT requires the UEFI firmware interface, and Legacy support could result in boot failure.

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Hello all, this is my first time posting here so please forgive any mistakes/oversights. I've just updated my Samsung laptop's system BIOS via their software update program, and my Nvidia GPU (GT 650m DDR3) no longer seems to work. The Nvidia control panel is still there, and it still gives me the option to select which programs use the GPU, but there is no GPU actitivity showing up. Also,I've tried playing Skyrim (which auto-detects the PC's graphics cards) , and the game no longer seems to detect the Nvidia GPU (just the Intel integrated graphics).

My laptop model is NP550PC7, with 6 gig of ram, and an i7 quad core CPU, and the OS is Window 7 Home Premium 64bit.

I've tried looking in the BIOS but I can't seem to find anything related to the GPU or display options. Any help or avice is much appreciated.

A:Problems with Nvidia gpu post BIOS system BIOS update.


Have you updated your GPU with the latest drivers?


Please navigate to:

Start> Control panel> Swith to icon view> device manager.
Look under "Display Adapters"

Is the Nvidia GPU listed there? If so are there any yellow symbols etc?



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Firstly, thanks to all that assist here:

I've been battling it out with a filth ridden computer for a couple of days, and appear to be almost on top of it. It is completely clean of virii/malware/spyware.

I just installed SP2 on it, and since then it has been exceptionally slow to boot.

Following the initial boot screen, the screen goes blank for well over 2 minutes.

It then gets to the black screen with the grey progress bar along the bottom. It takes at least 5 minutes to get through this progress bar.

Once past this, the windows xp splash screen and the rest of the boot time are very swift. The computer is working perfectly apart from this.

Pentium 4 running Windows XP Professional with 512mb of Ram.

What I have tried
1. I cleared out the pre-fetch
2. Defraged the disk
3. Optimised the page file

None of this has helped with the boot time.



A:Windows XP SLOW to boot post SP2 install.

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Hi there, please can you help?
I realize this BSOD might be a commonly reported problem but the issues here seem not to have been addressed specifically by other threads so I hope I haven't opened a new thread unnecessarily. Anyhow, here goes...
Various pc problems have arisen since coming home from holiday last week:

Background: 2 months ago: installed samsung SSD to run a new install of Win 7 64bit - on Asus P5NE-SLI with newly installed AHCI controller card. Successful after some troubleshooting; ran fine for several weeks.

PC left for 2 weeks while on holiday: on return a few days ago pc had problems on start-up: blank screen; no/slow start-up then BSOD attached.
The problem now is specifically a start-up issue: very slow to boot windows; if I hit F8 or del then BIOS loads very slowly, if at all; windows loads but freezes part way through. It DOES eventually load but it doesn't seem stable: yesterday the pc restarted unprompted.
The clock time was incorrect by about 20minutes when I got home from holiday (cmos battery?)

So far, I have (in chronological order)...
cleaned out dust, checked for shorts and loose wires
run Prime95 stress tests: seems OK - no crashes; Speed Fan recorded CPU temps of >50C before I closed the program. On idle CPU is now 37C; GPU 47C
memtest run overnight: 7 passes no errors;
updated GPU driver; run Furmark GPU stress test: all fine!
searched for other driver updates - none required (at least through windows)
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A:Slow start-up; crawls into BIOS setup; then slow to load windows

The problem is with your usb hub, or quite possibly a usb device that is plugged into it.
The fault is clearly sourced in the usb system though.
You may try updating your chipset drivers.
try rebooting with nothing plugged in but mouse and kb.

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I have a problem with my computer, It became very slow lately. The main symptom is that the disc usage is always at 100% (with in reality only 10 Mo/s). I have already tried many things that were unsuccessful :

- Clean disk and registry
- run Malware Byte (Minor things were found)
- desactivate superfetch; windows search and defrag
- remove windows tips& notifications
- disable MSI (see No superfetch No windows search No Defrag still 100% disk usage - Windows 10 Forums)
- Change some parameters on google Chrome/Skype (see : How to fix 100 disk usage in Windows 10 - Microsoft Community)
- change the page file settings ( see here : Disk usage always at 100% [Solved] - windows 10 - Windows 10)

I still have the same problem . Any other suggestions ?

I have to say that I am not a pro, so I followed most of the things I cited above without really understanding what I was exactly doing... If you think that I might not have done something properly, you can ask me to repeat it.

Thanks a lot in advance for help !

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I ran into an issue recently with 3 Dell E5570 with I7 6600U CPU and dedicated graphics card. The entire system stops responding randomly and gets worse after some time. The fix I found was to update the Bios firmware from dells drivers website. Released Jan 29th. When attempting to upgrade the bios, 1 of the processes will fail. A second update to the bios firmware will complete one of the steps needed to update all areas of the bios. So update the bios twice, back to back. After this attempt to boot into windows. It will likely still not work. What I found was to shut down, unplug the power cord, then wait 30 seconds, then plug back in. This should restore the OS to working condition. This happened to me on 2 brand new machines.
I attached some pictures that will show the weird issues that were occurring. If you have similar issues, then its likely the bios. You will need another machine to download the bios exe file onto a flash drive. Insert flash drive, then when you boot up the computer and see the dell logo, push delete a few times until you see the text on the upper right, then push f12 several times until you get in. Then go to bios firmware update. Select browse, then click on the bios exe file you downloaded. Takes a few minutes to install the firmware that will fail to complete the first time. DO NOT SHUT OFF THE COMPUTER DURING BIOS UPDATE PROCESS!!!!
Btw, these machines were only a few hours old when this started. Track pad would not respond properly, random win... Read more

A:Dell E5570 Booting issues, Windows Crashes, Bios Firmware

this just happened to me after doing the a07 bios update.  it failed on the firmware and then crashed on reboot.  it is now trying to do a repair and that is not working either

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Hi Everybody,
I do have a Compaq Presario C505TU Laptop with the following specifications:

Intel Dual Core,2GB RAM,160 GB HDD.

My Laptop is running on Dual Operating System:

D-Drive: Windows Server 2003 (Oracle11i E-Business Suite software)
E-Drive: WindowsXP (For General Purpose).

Thing is like after Installing this 2 Operating Systems,i have installed Audio and Video drivers successfully.
Since i had no accurate drivers for installing WLAN drivers, i called up to HP Tech Support and i had an Online Chat with the tech person.The tech guy has given some 2 drivers,which i had installed and later the second driver which is for the BIOS update.The tech guy said i need to install this BIOS update driver.I had confirmed and reconfirmed whether there is any data loss in my laptop.The guy said there won't be any loss and told to install the driver.Once i installed the BIOS UPDATE driver ,the driver has flashed my BIOS and totally messed up my laptop.Later the next day i had chatted again with another tech guy and they said that is the wrong driver and the new guy has suggest the appropiate driver for my laptop.It was really disgusting since i couldn't log on to my Windows and do my job.

So, i need some help in this issue.How can restore my BIOS settings back to normal and keep my laptop running Windows.

So, when i started booting up my system with the BOOTABLE XP CD,its booting up and later it throws an error message "Your HDD are not detected,check if it is pro... Read more

A:Windows booting fails when the BIOS flashes with new settings after loading a driver

Well you should always verify the drivers you download. But BIOS's are not updated or restored in the 'software' sense, they are flashed in the hardware sense. So, to 'restore' simply take the original BIOS and flash it again. You'll probably have to see if you can download the original BIOS from HP.

If your HDD is not detected at boot, WHILE BOOTING you will be prompted to hit F6 to install 3rd party SCSI drivers, hit F6 here. It will prompt you for a floppy containing the drivers for your disk. Make sure you have a floppy ready to go. Again HP will have the drivers on their site, if you do not have one ready.

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Hi guys this is my new comp.My comp config:Intel i3 processor 2.93 GHz.4 GB DDR3 RAM.320 GB hard drive.Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Edition.My Problem:The booting time of my PC is very slow.My PC takes 2 Minutes to display my desktop.I donno whats happening.My old XP PC is booting faster than this.My sidebar is also not working.Whenever I add a gadget it looks like this.My startup List:Yes HKCU:Run IDMan C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Download Manager\IDMan.exe /onbootYes HKCU:Run Sidebar C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe /autoRunNo HKCU:Run msnmsgr "C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /backgroundYes HKLM:Run avast5 "C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\avastUI.exe" /noguiYes HKLM:Run Autorun Eater C:\Program Files (x86)\Autorun Eater\oldmcdonald.exeYes HKLM:Run RunDLLEntry_THXCfg C:\Windows\system32\RunDLL32.exe C:\Windows\system32\THXCfg64.dll,RunDLLEntry THXCfg64Yes HKLM:Run RunDLLEntry_EptMon C:\Windows\system32\RunDLL32.exe C:\Windows\system32\EptMon64.dll,RunDLLEntry EptMon64Yes HKLM:Run snpstd3 C:\Windows\vsnpstd3.exeYes HKLM:Run COMODO Internet Security "C:\Program Files\COMODO\COMODO Internet Security\cfp.exe" -hNo HKLM:Run Adobe Reader Speed Launcher "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\... Read more

A:Windows 7 booting is very slow !

Can you do the following: Publish a Snapshot using Speccy?

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Hey,I recently upgraded to Win7 Ultimate 64bit on my Dell Inspiron 1545,it came with Win 7 Home Basic...when booting up it reaches the windows logo screen where it says "staring windows" and u see the windows logo glowing and then it hangs there for a while,then it will go black u will see the mouse cursor and it will hang there for a while again,then it will reach for me to enter my password to log on and then it will hang at the "welcome" screen for a while again,even when it reaches windows desktop it take long again to finish loading all the icons...this has been happening right after the fresh install of Win 7 Ultimate....need help on how to fix the problem


A:Windows 7 Booting Up Slow

If you can follow the instructions here and gather/upload a BOOT trace, I can tell you what is happening.

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In the first time in 10 months, my windows 10 is taking a while to boot, it used to start up in approx 9-16 sec, thanks for your help.
I felt it took a longer time to shut down yesterday.

A:Slow Booting in Windows 10

Hi there,

Do you have a desktop or laptop computer? What are the specs of your computer may I ask? Have you installed any windows updates or third party softwares recently on your computer?

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I'm fed up with this...recently I had 4GBs of RAM, and will, but for now I have it in my WHS because the 2011 release requires 2GBs of RAM...

But I'm very angry with the performance decrease. It's always been this way though. It always has this stupid performance decrease, and lowering my RAM triggered it and that angers me...

My computer takes about 10 minutes before anything will start loading... I've down new installs, used different HDDs, different motherboards, etc. Why! Why does a computer with a Core 2 Quad and 4GBs of RAM (usually it has that) respond slowly...

Is it because my RAM is only DDR2 667? Does Windows 7 not work well with DDR2 667? My CPU isn't the issue, task manager shows the PC basically doing nothing on boot-up. And then out of nowhere, Windows Live Messenger and Lync start, and IE9 opens when I clicked it 5 minutes prior to it opening.

I really want this XPS 420 to behave better starting up...it has a Q6600 and it's a relatively new install of Windows 7...it's a hardware issue, not a software issue.

Also the GPU is good too, ATI Radeon HD 5500 series. Well, new, not hardcore specs, but definitely Windows 7 compatible and DX11-capable. I don't know...

A:Booting Windows 7 really slow...

I am using 2gb ram @ 667 right now - win 7 x64 works just fine

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Hello guys,

this's my PC (not a very new one)
The problem is, my PC takes too long time to boot, it's at normal speed at the XP boot screen, but when it's all loaded and desktop came up, the red LED on my PC keep light up, is it something wrong with the hard disk?
how do I fix this? because i have to wait the red LED disappear before i run any application. It takes too long time.
After the LED stop light up, i get the normal speed.

Please do ask me more info about my PC if you need it.
I really appriciete any effort to help me.

This's HijackThis log

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:17:11 PM, on 6/4/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exe
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\QTTask.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe
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A:Windows XP very slow booting

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Ok I have been having this problem now for the last month and it is driving me nuts.

Basically my computer will startup and POST bleeps fine, it takes about 5 mins however to move to the next screen and allow me to choose my OS, this being windows 7. Following one of these slow POST's windows will fail to boot hanging at the spinning orbs thing about halfway through. The only remedy to this is to let windows startup repair run through twice, once restoring my computer, then failing to find any problems and switching off. After this it will POST slowly, hang at the windows logo for about a minute then complete and I will be in windows 7. This will run fine but 50% of the time it will crash randomly at any given point could be 5 mins could be 50 hours :D

While I have had my computer running I have done every hardware test I can think of and they have all ran and completed fine. I even took it into my local computer shop, who have helped me many times before and they said they could not find anything wrong with the computer, it POST'd fine for them and ran windows absolutely fine for as long as they left it. They also did hardware checks and said absolutely nothing was wrong. The only thing they could suggest was maybe a bad external device I had at home or overheating.

After this test I used the computer at home, starting by just booting it with HDMI to my TV and the power, ran fine. After this I added each USB device I use (Mouse, Keyboard, USB dongle) at seperate sta... Read more

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