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    BackUp XP Desktop has SLOW boot up.

    I have a Dell Desktop PC which i was having problems with being slow and being a few years old. I took it in and had it gone over and all was well when I got it back. I used it for about 3 months then decided to get a new Laptop and use the desktop as a backup. After 2 months it was used a lot less. It pretty much just sat. So, yesterday I wanted some info off it and when I turned it on... it briefly flashed the Dell screen and just sat there. No info on screen at all, just a blinking cursor. I turned if off which happened pretty fast, so I thought it never even got into the booting process. I tried again and it just sat. I decided to see if it was being really slow and after 7 minutes of a blinking cursor it booted! I looked at msconfig to see what was booting. It was pretty clean, nothing major in the StartUps. So, I ran CCleaner, I then ran Malware scan and a Spybot scan. I did not see anything of significance but went ahead and deleted what it they found. I then re-booted. Same thing. I am stumped on what to do next. I am also somewhat perplexed on how something could of happened to slow it down so much when it had so little usage? Any advise out there?

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    Usually when you get a blank screen like that before booting, its a sign that the Bios is having trouble identifying a hard disk or cd/dvd. Try going into BIOS (you will have to wait the same long time with a blnk screen while the hardware search times out) and verify all your hardware is detected. If not, you may have to reseat some cables or remove/replace defective hardware.

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    I did try jiggling and pusing on all cables. Not experienced on working with Bios, something I have avoided. Guess I will try to get all that I can off the Desktop. Then, learn a new Bios skill! Not sure yet what to even look for. Maybe someone else will chirp in too...?

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    The first or second page of BIOS will show you the hardware BIOS detected. You could also just boot into Windows, open Windows Explorer and check to see that all your hard disks and CD/DVD Roms show up.

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    You might also try to find out what programs are loading when you startup Windows.

    To do this click start, run, then type in msconfig and hit enter. Click on the Boot.ini tab & in the box labeled Timeout change the time from the default 30 (or whatever it's set to) to 3. This changes how long it waits before booting. Then click on the tab labeled Startup. This shows you what programs are loading at startup. Unclick any of the boxes that you do not need to have running all the time. Click OK and then restart the system.
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    Thanks for the advise. I did check the StartUps, minimal action there. I will check the boot.ini timeout. I also brought up the Bios. I looked thru it for anything that looked out of whack. Not that I knew what they 'should' be. I watched a couple Utube videos on the subject. I did eliminate a problem, the Num Lock key was always coming on. I saw bios had it set to On, set that to Off, that problem is now gone. Thanks again.

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    I did all these things and is still as slow as it was? One thing more, when I turned it on and pressed F2 for Bios. It said it was starting the setup for it... but... true to nature it was again about 7 minutes before that screen appeared. Seems like something is telling it to wait or something is being done that causes it to wait. THEN it begins the BootUp or shows the Bios. This was something I wanted to see I could find a resolution. Must be something deep and dark. (Spooky music plays int the backround).
    But thank you for the advise, I did learn a couple things to add to the quiver. Madden

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    That definitely points to a hardware problem. Try reseating all your add on cards and all cables including the power connections. Take them completely off and reinstall them. The only other thing I can think of is the hard disk is going bad. Perhaps its getting slow to spin up? When you said it was "gone over" a couple of months ago, do you know exactly what was done?

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    I was having various problems (as an older machine does), so took it to the local repair shop and had them look it over and fix anything they saw wrong. (up to a point). They did replace the hard drive. They also did a bunch of tweeks. (not sure what all was done with that) Afterward it ran great. Fast boot and Online was faster too. After a couple months I got a Laptop. The old desktop then just pretty much sat and was used very little. Then, a few days ago I thought I should re-check if I got everything off it that I wanted and verify it was still running well, as my backup. That was when I saw it taking soooo long to boot. I was of course stumped when I changed "nothing" (where have you heard that before?) and had it seemingly sprout gremlins. I thought this would be a learning experience. Glad it is not happening on the Laptop! And.. i recalled a friend telling me a couple months ago that he had a 'slooow' boot problem as well.

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    You might want to check your update history and see when you installed the last Windows updates and do a system restore back to a time prior to the updates and see if that "fixes" the boot up problem. If not, you can allways revert back to the current date.
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