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    Laptop Slow Booting Up

    Hi all,

    I have had my laptop now for 2 and half years. Its a 1.5 ghz proc with 256 RAM, and 20 gig hard-drive (with about 2 gig left).

    But, for a while now, my laptop takes an absolute ages to startup. It almost takes around 10-15 minutes .

    Are they any methods or tool I can use to get this time down?

    Thanks

    Tryst

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    Yeah you might have viruses or spyware on your machine......or likely both.

    Here is what I would do.

    First do a complete Virus check and cleaning for free
    http://housecall.trendmicro.com

    Then get a copy of a spyware remover such as adaware
    http://www.download.com (enter in adaware)

    Make sure you have a good free firewall such as sygate's personal firewall
    http://www.download.com (enter sygate firewall)

    Make sure you have the latest patches for your OS.
    http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

    Do a complete scan of your hard drive. You want to check the through entire drive and correct errors. Do this by right clicking on your c: drive and clicking properties. You should be able to find it from there.

    Once that is done repeat the virus check to make sure nothing got in while you were trying to update your patches and firewall

    Lastly do a Defrag on your drive.

    If that does not work check out your hard drive and see what the percentage of hard drive space you have left it. More then 20% would be nice for speeds sake. Also make sure you dont have too many programs loading when you start your machine up.

    Hope this helps

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    You didnt say what OS you are running on it but if its XP (or win2k if you know where to get it) do this:

    start > run > type in msconfig

    once it opens click the startup tab and see what all is loading at start up .... make sure you read them all and dont uncheck anything you really need but there are TONS of progs that try to load at startup and they suck up memory (and load time) like crazy ..... stuff like MS Office does NOT need to be loaded at startup, and if you have P'Shop shut off the Adobe GAmma loader ... you need a restart after that but with some careful looking (and shutting off) you can really speed it up ..... if you see something you dont recognize GOOGLE IT and find out what it is BEFORE shutting it off!

    Combine that with the great info in the last post and you should be golden ... I do prefer SpySweeper over adaware though as I have found it tends to find more than adaware..

    BTW ...... IF your running win2k there IS a msconfig for it but you have to look around on the internet ...... I have it on ALL my win2k machines!

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    Ok - nice one guys. Will perform these tasks where I get home later and will inform you of the outcome.

    Thanks

    Tryst

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    After all the scanning for spyware and virus I would recommend a defrag too, just to make things run smoother.
    Last edited by cas33; Feb 21, 2005 at 10:26.
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    Yeah, been meaning to defrag my laptop for a while now.

    I've had it for 2 years and have yet to de-frag it

    Tryst

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    Defrag would probably be best. I had an old PC which ran like crap and a defrag sorted that out great.


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