By yrs1966 ·
Iam using Windows XP.It take 10 minutes to start windows after switch on.During these 10minutes only black screen appears.After that progress bar appears and windows starts.Even after reinstalling the windows the problem persists.How to correct this problem?

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Start testing the memory

by jgirizarry In reply to TAKING 10 MINUTES FOR WIN ...

Remove all memory modules. Install one memory stick and restart. Do the same process with all modules. Maybe one module is going bad.


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this could help

by ethaneh In reply to Start testing the memory

your hard drive could be going on its way out.
or the spindle on the hard drive could going bad which would stop the hard drive working as quickly as it could do.

hope this helps.

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Something I have seen recently

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to TAKING 10 MINUTES FOR WIN ...

A server was taking longer than the stated 10 minutes to boot and that was a failing M'Board that was the issue there.

This is of course supposing that this computer has suddenly started acting like this and has not been this way all of it's life. If it has it is possible that there is just too much installed or not enough RAM fitted for the CPU, M'Board you are running.


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A couple of checks

by Jacky Howe In reply to TAKING 10 MINUTES FOR WIN ...

These symptoms can be displayed from a faulty CPU Fan. Remove the cover and check the rotation of the CPU fan. You may be able to check the Fan speed in the BIOS.

Reseat the Central Processing Unit

Faulty Fans, Dust and Grime build up on the Heatsink restricting air flow. Remove the Power cable from the rear of the System and disconnect the Video cable. I would give the inside of the case a blowout with compressed air. When blowing air through the fans make sure that you physically stop them from spinning, as they may generate power and damage something. Use an Anti-Static Wrist Strap to ground yourself or by placing the back of your hand on the Power Supply Unit and not moving your feet. This will prevent electrostatic charge from building up and by not taking this precaution it is possible that you could inadvertantly cause damage to the PC from an electrostatic discharge.

Then remove the Heatsink, giving it a thorough clean and reseat the CPU applying new CPU grease. If the Fans spin freely when you give them a spin they are probably OK. If there is resistance replace them.

Clean the golden edge of each memory stick with a soft rubber/eraser, remembering not to touch the golden edge of the memory stick. Check with one stick at a time, remembering to disconnect the power from the PC as you replace them.

Also check the Capacitors around the CPU for swelling or bulging.

Check the Voltage in the CMOS battery.

Try another working PSU.

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XP is slow?

by CharlesEtheridge In reply to TAKING 10 MINUTES FOR WIN ...

I had XP two machines ago and very happily moved on to Vista when it was released. Over time I couldn't help learning that many of the objections had at least some validity, so it was with enthusiasm that I moved on to windows 7 x64bit. it is vastly better that its predecessors and starts within a couple of minutes. Just make the change and you'll not regret it.

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