XP Takes AGES to Boot Up??


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scyrusurcys

I recently installed a 1gig stick of RAM in my computer and have ha
minor problems with it. Some of the problems include: Firefox no
responding, XP Folders freezing, and the once-a-week crash/restart.

So today, my computer restarts itself and acts as if it has 20MB of RA
to feed off of. When the "Loading Windows XP" screen appears, th
loading bar sometimes freezes then unfreezes. It has been about 2
minutes now, and the Login screen has just appeared. . . 5 minute
later, I can actually see my desktop wallpaper.

Can someone please tell me what might be wrong?

I have 2 slots for RAM. . . one is the 1gig stick and the other,
512MB stick. Surely they both did not burn out. Thanks
 
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John

scyrusurcys said:
I recently installed a 1gig stick of RAM in my computer and have had
minor problems with it. Some of the problems include: Firefox not
responding, XP Folders freezing, and the once-a-week crash/restart.
This is a small extract from the links provided.

http://www.ultratech-llc.com/KB/ASP/FileView.asp?File=/KB/BSOD.TXT
http://www.ultratech-llc.com/KB/?File=BSOD.TXT
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/prodtechnol/winntas/tips/techrep/bsod.asp
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=325011
http://windows.about.com/library/weekly/aa030599.htm
http://windows.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q192/4/63.asp
http://labmice.techtarget.com/windowsxp/TroubleshootingXP/default.htm
http://labmice.techtarget.com/windowsxp/TroubleshootingXP/error.htm
http://sft-cyber.com/stoperrors.htm
http://aumha.org/win5/kbestop.htm

Troubleshooting Windows STOP Errors (BSOD) and Freezes

The following issues are easily responsible for 99% of all system
instability issues, particularly with Windows:

· Bad or Flaky RAM
· High CPU/Case temperatures (Insufficient cooling)
· Bad Drivers (usually with el-cheapo hardware)
· Inadequate or Dirty Power
· Overclocking (some devices cannot run out of spec)
· Improper Permissions/Rights (results in Access Denied)
· Dirty Upgrade from Win9x/ME to 2000/XP
· Virus Infection (can result in a wide variety of problems)
· Incorrect jumper settings on your hard drive
· Improperly terminated drivers and controller
· Disabled or Misconfigured Services

SYMPTOMS OF COMMON ISSUES

· Bad Drivers ............ BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) or Spontaneous
Reboot
· Overheating ............ Spontaneous Reboot or System Freeze
· Bad/Flaky RAM .......... Spontaneous Reboot or System Freeze or
Failed Install
· Dirty Power ............ Spontaneous Reboot or System Generated
Errors
· Inadequate Power ....... BSOD or Spontaneous Reboot or System
Freeze
· Overclocking ........... BSOD or Spontaneous Reboot or System
Freeze
· Improper Permissions ... BSOD or System Generated Errors
· Dirty upgrade .......... BSOD or System Errors or Slowness or
Erratic Behavior
· Virus Infection ........ Inexplicable slowness or Highly Erratic
Behavior
· Wrong Drive Settings ... Inexplicable slowness or Failed Install or
Long Boot times
· Bad SCSI Termination ... Inexplicable slowness or Failed Install or
Long Boot times
· Disabled Services ...... Poor System Performance or Installation
Problems or Limited OS Functionality

Troubleshooting system lock-up problems
http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/SoftwareProblems4.htm
http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/Tips2.htm#LOCKUP
http://www.cwdixon.com/support/win98_support/

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Information about cleaning computer components
http://www.computerhope.com/cleaning.htm
http://www.wiscocomputing.com/articles/maintenance.htm
http://www.librarysupportstaff.com/4compcare.html
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial118.html
Getting The Grunge Out Of Your PC
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=60403472
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=60403472&pgno=2
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=60403472&pgno=3
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=60403472&pgno=4
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=60403472&pgno=5
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=60403472&pgno=6
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=60403472&pgno=7
Fred Langa cleans the dirtiest PC he can find, and along the way shows
you how you can easily tackle yours.
 

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