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PC takes for ever to boot & the hard drive is doing something


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fermier

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My daughter's PC takes a very long time to boot us in Windows XP home.
The hard drive is making noice like it is searching or something, but noting shows up in APPLICATIONS when I look at Windows Task Manager.

I'd like to find out just what is going on so that I can speed up this machine.

Any help will be appreciated.
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Hello fermier.... Welcome to GeeksToGo,,

Download Autoruns from the link in my signature below:
1: Extract the Autoruns Zip file contents to a folder.
2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".
3: Click on the "Everything" tab
4: Remove any entries that mention "File Not Found" by right-clicking the entry and select Delete.
5: Go to File then to Export As or Save in some versions.
6: Save AutoRuns.txt file to known location like your Desktop.
7: Attach to your next reply.


Download and install Free Everest Home Edition
Open it.
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.
Click the + by computer, click on Sensor. Get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and voltages...

DO NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING UNDER THE LINE THAT SAYS "DEBUG- PCI"


















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Hello and thanks for taking the time to look at my problem.
I ran the AUTORUNS program and I've attached the txt file.

Next I ran the FREE EVEREST HOME EDITION and here is the test of the report you asked for.
--------[ EVEREST Home Edition © 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Quick Report
Computer DININGROOM (Bo and Julia's computer)
Generator Father
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2010-04-25
Time 20:49


--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name DININGROOM (Bo and Julia's computer)
User Name Father

Motherboard:
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
Motherboard Name Asus P4P800S (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 WiFi, 2 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Breeds Hill i848P
System Memory 1024 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (02/24/04)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter ASUS RADEON 9600SE - Secondary (128 MB)
Video Adapter ASUS RADEON 9600SE (128 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Radeon 9600 SE (RV360)
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (1827359)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter Creative EMU10K1 SB Live! Audio Processor
Audio Adapter Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-2/A-3]

Storage:
IDE Controller Intel® 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
IDE Controller Intel® 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
Disk Drive Generic STORAGE DEVICE USB Device
Disk Drive Generic STORAGE DEVICE USB Device
Disk Drive Generic STORAGE DEVICE USB Device
Disk Drive Generic STORAGE DEVICE USB Device
Disk Drive Maxtor 6Y160M0 (160 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA)
Optical Drive _NEC DVD_RW ND-2500A (DVD+RW:8x/4x, DVD-RW:8x/4x, DVD-ROM:12x, CD:32x/16x/40x DVD+RW/DVD-RW)
Optical Drive LITE-ON COMBO SOHC-5232K (DVD:16x, CD:52x/32x/52x DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 150719 MB (91840 MB free)
D: (FAT32) 5597 MB (4568 MB free)
Total Size 152.7 GB (94.1 GB free)

Input:
Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse Microsoft PS/2 Mouse

Network:
Network Adapter Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adapter (192.168.1.101)
Network Adapter Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC

Peripherals:
Printer HP Deskjet 6500 Series
Printer Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
Printer Microsoft XPS Document Writer
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB2 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - Enhanced USB2 Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB Device EPSON Perfection 3490/3590 #2
USB Device Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adapter
USB Device USB Mass Storage Device
USB Device USB Printing Support


=---=====------====----====----===
Finally, I'm attaching a screen print from Sensor.

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Open Autoruns, click on "Logon" tab, and UN-check:

+ "Adobe ARM"
+ "Adobe Reader Speed Launcher"
+ "AIMWDInstallFilename"
+ "iTunesHelper"
+ "NeroCheck"
+ "QuickTime Task"
+ "SunJavaUpdateSched"
+ "Adobe Gamma Loader.lnk"
+ "Google Update"
+ "msnmsgr"
+ "swg"
+ "WMPNSCFG"



The next file needs to be manually disabled and is only needed if you use multi language on your keyboard. If you do then skip the step.


To turn off just ctfmon.exe go to:

Control Panel then to Regional and Language Options

Click on the Languages Tab then click the Details button

Click on the Advanced tab

Check the box that says Turn off advanced text services option

Click A and then OK



When done restart computer and then:



Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop
  • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
  • Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.


Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:
It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged

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OK, I did everything you asked. Is there anything else I need to do?
It's a little faster but still kinds slow.

Do you think that my machine might just be a slow machine and that I need to buy a new one to get a faster machine?

Thanks,
Rex
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We're not done yet.
Lets see what you have in your startup

Please click on
Start and then to Run
Type in msconfig and press Enter
Now click on Startups
Then uncheck everything and restart.
IMPORTANT! In case of laptop, make sure, you do NOT disable any keyboard, or touchpad entries.
If system boots correctly and is running smoothly and faster then we have a startup problem
Try going back into msconfig and check one item and reboot
Keep doing that till you have found the problem or all are finally checked.
Post back with the results
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Hi,
Please follow the below mentioned steps:

1). Download Ccleaner from the below link:
http://www.filehippo...nload_ccleaner/
2). Install it and run to remove all temporary files and cookies.
3). Disable all unnecessary programs from startup.
4). Goto Start select "Run".
5). Type "%temp%" without quotes and hit enter.
6). Select all the files and hold down Shift key, then press Delete.
7). Goto Start select "Run".
8). Type "temp" without quotes and hit enter.
9). Select all the files and hold down Shift key, then press Delete.
10).Goto Start select "Run".
11). Type "prefetch" without quotes and hit enter.
12). Select all the files and hold down Shift key, then press Delete.
13). Restart your computer.
13). Run Disk Cleanup and restart your computer.
14). Run Disk Defragmentation and restart your computer.

While restarting keep an eye on your computer startup, and check the speed.
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