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    Boot Up Problem

    Not sure if this is right place but this is my 1st time.

    I have a Dell Inspiron 580S purchased in Aug 2010. It is running Windows 7, Home Premium, 64bit. It has 6GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 3x2GB. It has developed a problem when booting up. It takes almost 6 minutes (honestly I just timed it) and when it does boot up the Desktop Icons are enormous. And I am unable to use it as it is. However, I reboot, it takes about 10 seconds and the icons are normal size. I am at wits end. I have updated all the drivers I can find.

    Can anybody out there help me?

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    Thom

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    Hi Thom, what occurs if booted to 'Safe Mode ?
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    Judging by the icon size, I would probably guess it will be related to your graphics adapter. Were there any changes to the graphics adapter driver, recently?

    If you choose Performance Information and Tools -> Advanced Tools, in Control Panel, are there any performance issues reported at the top?

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    Do you have USB drives plugged in when you boot? I've seen reports of those causing problems on some systems.

    Joe

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    Thanks for all the help. I need to be a little clearer. I turn on the computer in the morning. It takes 6+ minutes to boot up. During the boot up time, there is no image on the monitor. After the 6 or so minutes, my desktop appears with oversized icons. I immediately reboot. It takes 10-20 seconds, my desktop appears with regular sized icons.

    I did safe mode but no problems came up. I tried booting with all USB drives (printers, external hard drive, etc) unplugged. No effect whatsoever.

    I am thinking it has something to do with the graphics card but it is the one that came with the computer and originally I did not have this problem.
    I have even gone so far as to reinstall Windows 7 thinking the problem may be there but it wasn't.

    Any more suggestions?

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    Hi Master Chief, look in 'Device Manager' for any warnings, then open 'Display adapters, right click, select 'properties' what is the date on the driver's tab ?
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    During the first boot, it sound like your graphics setting is on the lowest resolution, and after the reboot it is set to what you normally want. It might be a good idea to see if any graphics drivers are available from the graphics manufacturer.
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    It seems as though the system is having difficulty recognizing your hardware. I'd shut down the PC completely. Check all the connections inside. Check that the RAM is seated properly. Check your power supply if possible. Run chkdsk on all the HDs.

    FIRST though - make sure you have a good backup of your system. If you do have a hardware problem you don't want to suddenly not be able to boot at all and then figure out you should've backed up the system.

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