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Hi all,
I am having poor boot performance on my year-old laptop. I want to reformat only as a last resort. Here are some specs:

1x 512MB PC2700 RAM
1x 512MB PC3200 RAM
60GB HD (4200 RPM)
ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M (using 128MB system RAM)

I defragment often and keep my computer clean. Here is proof of my 2min, 20 sec boot time from bootvis after optimization.

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Here is a HJT log for good measure (not much to load for 1GB RAM imo):
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:11:28 AM, on 11/2/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Antivirus\MSMPSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Antivirus\MpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Firewall\msfwsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\winss.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\winssnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\RMClock\RMClock.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\bootvis.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\mspaint.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Nathan\My Documents\hijackthis\hijackthis.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\NOTEPAD.EXE

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPLpr] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPEnh] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [OneCareUI] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\winssnotify.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [RMClock] "C:\Program Files\RMClock\RMClock.exe"
O16 - DPF: {0E5F0222-96B9-11D3-8997-00104BD12D94} (PCPitstop Utility) - http://www.pcpitstop...p/PCPitStop.CAB
O16 - DPF: {13EC55CF-D993-475B-9ACA-F4A384957956} (Controller Class) - https://www.windowso...nSSWebAgent.CAB
O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll
O21 - SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: MSMPSVC - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Antivirus\MSMPSVC.exe" -n 4 (file missing)
O23 - Service: Pml Driver HPZ12 - HP - C:\WINDOWS\system32\HPZipm12.exe

Any help and suggestion are very welcome!

Edited by Smokey, 02 November 2006 - 01:20 AM.

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Maybe try a program like TuneUp Utilities 06. That will clean up a whole load of junk (even if its clean, there are always temp files etc.) Also, it will get rid of invalid registry entries. The Registry is loaded at bootup, so this will most likely reduce your boot time by a fair ammount.

Hope that helps.
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I run CCleaner almost daily. I think it would have the same effect. Thanks for your help. Isn't 140 sec on a 1 gig system ridiculous? My guess is that the hard drive is worn out somehow and in need of a reformat. But, I was hoping for an easier solution.

Edited by Smokey, 02 November 2006 - 11:40 AM.

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your hijack log is not really showing a whole lot

but if you feel that your computer has been compromise with an infection

post a hijack log in the malware forum

i would consider getting a antivirus program that would solve alot of your problems
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I don't have any virus/malware problems as my HJT log can attest. I scan for viruses, malware, defragment, backup, remove junk files, and clean my clean registry at least weekly. To reply your comment, I don't feel that my PC has been compromise with an infection. My only problem is a very long boot time, 2 min 21 sec is ridiculous! I feel like it is something with the hard drive being worn out. If someone can think of something else, I'm glad to hear it. I would love to hear from a staff member. Keep the suggestions coming! :whistling:

Edited by Smokey, 02 November 2006 - 08:09 PM.

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does it that long to get to desk top when you start your computer

or does your programs take long to load at start-up


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From the time I press the on button, until my computer is loaded and ready to use. Pretty much the entire boot sequence is seemingly delayed somehow, this is magnified even more after I log in and wait for my programs to load. All FIVE of them! How can five startup entries cause a 2 min, 21 sec boot time? That is what stumps me. I have removed unnecessary services before. I might look into that again. There might be some Windows services I no longer use.

Edited by Smokey, 02 November 2006 - 08:41 PM.

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careful with diabling services, it is risky and some services could cause an unstable windows or unbootable, i can't think of anything but an infected PC that could be causing your troubles... try spyware terminator, do a full scan, it will take a while, but it does work great. and it's free. http://www.spywareterminator.com/


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OCM770,
I am minoring in Information Systems. I know the risk of disabling Windows services. I have background on each Windows service and what each one does. I have just disabled my HP printer service and the Print Spooler service, since I very rarely print anything. I will enable them again when I need to print again.

Edited by Smokey, 02 November 2006 - 08:55 PM.

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at start -up disable the uneccessary programs
just allow your virus programs to load

and what is your cpu usage

its also a good program but at times spybot search and destroy
has been know to cause computers to lag

also im not familliar with this program ---- "C:\Program Files\RMClock\RMClock.exe

it loads at start-up and whats it cpu usage right click on task bar and click on task manager

under the process tab you can see which process is using the most cpu in %

Edited by rushin1nd, 02 November 2006 - 09:08 PM.

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Thanks for the inquiry rushin. RMClock is a processor program for notebooks.

http://cpu.rightmark...s/rmclock.shtml

Firefox is of course using the most memory. RMClock uses <4MB RAM. My computer runs fine after it's booted. Getting booted is the problem.

Edited by Smokey, 02 November 2006 - 09:17 PM.

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did you consider renaming hijackyhis to something like jhk.exe
and then post a new hijack log
just for the sake of the possibility of something hiding
some malware can hide from hijack this.exe

by the looks of your first post your cpu usage is quite high

and when the last time you clean the dust from the inside of your laptop

or you may need more ram (memory)
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You are right CPU usage is high because my processor is only running at half-speed most of the time. However, my CPU runs full-speed when booting. That CPU usage is high because my system is still booting until 141 sec. I showed that to show you my boot time.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 9:28:43 PM, on 11/2/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Antivirus\MSMPSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Antivirus\MpEng.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Firewall\msfwsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\winss.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\winssnotify.exe
C:\Program Files\RMClock\RMClock.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\SpywareTerminator.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\SpywareTerminatorShield.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Nathan\My Documents\hijackthis\jhk.exe

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\Spybot - Search & Destroy\SDHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: SSVHelper Class - {761497BB-D6F0-462C-B6EB-D4DAF1D92D43} - C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\ssv.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPLpr] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SynTPEnh] C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Windows Defender] "C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe" -hide
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [OneCareUI] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\winssnotify.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SpywareTerminator] "C:\Program Files\Spyware Terminator\SpywareTerminatorShield.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [RMClock] "C:\Program Files\RMClock\RMClock.exe"
O16 - DPF: {0E5F0222-96B9-11D3-8997-00104BD12D94} (PCPitstop Utility) - http://www.pcpitstop...p/PCPitStop.CAB
O16 - DPF: {13EC55CF-D993-475B-9ACA-F4A384957956} (Controller Class) - https://www.windowso...nSSWebAgent.CAB
O20 - Winlogon Notify: WgaLogon - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\WgaLogon.dll
O21 - SSODL: WPDShServiceObj - {AAA288BA-9A4C-45B0-95D7-94D524869DB5} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\WPDShServiceObj.dll
O23 - Service: InstallDriver Table Manager (IDriverT) - Macrovision Corporation - C:\Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\Driver\11\Intel 32\IDriverT.exe
O23 - Service: MSMPSVC - Unknown owner - C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows OneCare Live\Antivirus\MSMPSVC.exe" -n 4 (file missing)

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP!!! :whistling:

Edited by Smokey, 02 November 2006 - 09:32 PM.

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Just finished my full-system scan of my PC with the mentioned and recently installed "Spyware Terminator". It found two cookies from Dell. I don't consider those two harmless cookies as "Threats". I don't like how it identified my OnceCareUI (Microsoft) and RMClock as "Unknown SW". They aren't spyware. Is there such thing as "Safe SW"? This anti-malware program is going to get removed promptly.

Edited by Smokey, 02 November 2006 - 09:39 PM.

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so at half speed are your saying its about 50% if thats the case its still high

im only at 4% to7%

when did you noticed the long bootime imean did you do any neccessary changes that might of cause the long boot up
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