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Boot Up suddenly takes much longer

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Heya everyone,

I'm new to this forum, so forgive me if I make some horrid mistakes as a n00bie. A friend of mine recommended this site, said it's a great place to go for computer related things...


I just got a new PC a few months back (called him Minion), an upgrade I had been looking forward to for years. Everything was fine at first. But a few days ago, my monitor started giving me a "no signal found" message. (It's a BENQ, flatscreen, and they give that message themselves if they're not getting a signal.)

So I restarted the computer a few times, and got really worried that something might be wrong with my monitor. Then it turns out that what I should really have been doing is waiting for about 30 seconds... because the boot-up screen doesn't appear until then! So basically, the computer's not "starting up" for a while... even though it's all buzzing and whirring (and by the way, the buzzing and whirring gets quieter as soon as the trusty X-blade logo appears, don't know if that's relevant).

So I guess my question is... should I be worried about this? My old computer (I named him Duckworth) never had any delays in booting up, even though he's much older and slower and simpler. So I'm kind of worried about Minion... I hope he's not sick or anything... having seizures or a weak heart... :whistling:

Thanks for your help in advance!!!


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In many cases this slow startup is caused by malware. We always like to check for that first. Follow these instructions:

Please go to the Malware forum and follow the instructions at the top....Especially the Instructions to do before posting in the malware fourm.

That will give you several steps that will help you clean up 70 percent of all problems by yourself. If at the end of the process you are still having difficulty--and you may not be-- then post a hijackthis log in THAT forum.

If you are still having problems after getting a clean bill of health from the malware expert, please return to this thread.

In the meantime you can run memtest. I think faulty RAM is most likely the case in your situation. Read the guide below and run memtest.

Keith's Guide to Memtest

Click to Download Memtest

Edited by Titan8990, 12 August 2007 - 07:27 AM.

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