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    Laptop continually halts on startup (XP SP2)

    There is and has been a major issue with my ThinkPad T60 since I purchased it 6+ months ago. I am a part of an Active Directory domain at the office and I "think" that this is related to the issue but cannot determine the exact cause.

    The issue is prevalent when I perform the following tasks:

    1. Login to windows
    2. Try to open Internet Explorer
    3. Try to open Microsoft Word or Excel

    The issue is as follows: When I First log into windows, the machine takes longer than 2 minutes before it even starts loading the desktop. After 2-3 minutes, the desktop finally loads and everything appears to operate correctly EXCEPT when I try to open Internet Explorer, Excel or Word - Again, I am forced to wait a further 2-3 minutes for these applications to respond or even open in some cases.

    NOTE: When I disconnect the cable at startup, the AD login script throws an error - could not execute login.vbs - This is the script that is auto-executed at login...

    The issue is definitely network related as I have discovered now that wen I log in, all I need to do is unplug the network cable and the system responds immediately, whether it is starting up or opening one of the suspect applications.

    I have re-imaged my HDD 4-5 times now using the ThinkVantage button and each time, the same issue remains...

    I have just upgraded from an Acer and never had a single problem with it... I am 99% certain that the issue is related to all the crap that IBM install by default onto the device i.e. all teh ThankVantage stuff...

    Any help in debugging would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Laptop continually halts on startup (XP SP2)

    Is this a problem at work or at home?

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    Re: Laptop continually halts on startup (XP SP2)

    both - it happens at work asnd home - the error script only comes up when in the office

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    Re: Laptop continually halts on startup (XP SP2)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by joeperez on 02-Jul-07 08:28. added explorer comment)</P>Often, extremely slow startup network issues are because a network resource is not available. Shared drives on machines that are turned off or shared printers that are turned off can cause Windows networking to wait a long time. Also, you can use a tool such as MSconfig to help. See How to troubleshoot by using the System Configuration utility in Windows XP. A more complete look of what gets started when you boot your system can be seen by using the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> AutoRuns for Windows v8.61. If you are unsure of what some of the items are that appear in either program post a screenshot and we'll try to help.

    Last, check Windows Explorer - Tools | Folder Options | View and make sure that "Automatically search for network folders and printers" is not checked.

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    Re: Laptop continually halts on startup (XP SP2)

    I have played with msconfig to no avail.
    I loaded and played with autoruns which gave me a better understanding of what was there helped me remove some more stuff however it didn't fix the problem.
    "Automatically search for network folders and printers" was not checked...

    It's definintely only when connected to the office network...

    I can deal with the slow startup (I just get a coffee) but the slow activation of IE is what is killing me...

    There is surely some way to diagnose what the pc/network is trying to do at a given point in time?

    I've looked at the task manager but nothing is going crazy or looks abnormal...

    ANy more advise will be greatly received.

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