Please Wait message on XP start up

By emcee47
Aug 5, 2008
  1. Hi everyone ... it's dummy time again. Am new to the forum and I'm sure this has come up before, but I would be interested in whether it's necessary to endure the above message during start up of XP or whether it can be cured/over-ridden? My particular screen when this happens is probably the same as everyone else's inasmuch that it's a blue screen with the XP logo, then 'Please Wait' appears followed by increasing lines of white dots until it finally kicks in to opening. Mine (at the moment) only goes to one and a half lines before stopping but it still adds a couple of unnecessary minutes to the boot-up. Can anyone shed some light please?
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  3. emcee47

    emcee47 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Thanks for the suggestion ...

    ... but, unfortunately, it didn't stop the 'Please Wait' message on this occasion. The only thing that HAS happened is that, when the machine tries to restart after the CHKDSK is complete, as it shuts down and then starts to reboot, I get a constant beeping from the machine and no script appears. Nothing stops the beeping until I turn off at the wall switch, leave it for three or four minutes and then restart from cold. This only happens when the machine is called upon to restart. Am wondering if the fact that, after running CHKDSK, the machine does need to restart (rather than turning off completely and then on again) in order for any changes to take effect? But I still have the beeping on restart whichever programme I try to do it from. (layman's thoughts!)
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Well, something is obviously triggering the 'dirty bit' to force Chkdsk all the time and thus you must fix that.

    Me, I would slave the drive and copy off anything I value then re-install.

    Unlike many here, I find 4 hours of re-install preferable to 4 days of playing about.
  5. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    I think the most obvious thing to check first is what you have on Startup:

    Start> Run> type in 'msconfig' without quotes> enter> Selective Startup> Startup tab> UNCHECK everything "except" the antivirus program, firewall, touchpad if laptop> Leave nothing else on Start> Apply> OK

    Reboot> Close the nag message after checking 'don't show this message again.' (you must stay in Selective Startup)

    Let us know how this does.
  6. emcee47

    emcee47 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Thanx for that Bobbye : yes and no!
    Did as you suggested but still get the 'Please Wait' screen although (at least the first time) only for a few seconds. However, am still getting the beeping on restart - but not on a cold start.
  7. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Why not try a pre-emptive strike.

    Click start, run and enter chkdsk C:/r (assuming C: is your boot drive)

    You'll get the message saying can't now because the drive's in use do you want to run at next boot and say Y.
  8. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    If it's 1 long beep == POST has passed all tests, means that everything is alright.

    I agree with running the Error Check, but would suggest you go ahead an run now:
    My Computer> Local Drive- usually C> Properties> Tools> Error Check> check both boxes on that screen> OK> Close the nag message and Reboot.

    The Error Checking will begin in 9 seconds. Let it complete. It will reboot when finished. See if that helps.
  9. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Be ready for a long scan if you do that ;) Here's the info I usually post.

    Manual steps to run Chkdsk from My Computer or Windows Explorer
    • Open My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
    • Click Properties, and then click Tools.
    • Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed
    Use one of the following procedures:
    • • To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, click Start.
    • • To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors check box, and then click Start. (tick)
    • • To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box.

    Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:
    Click Yes to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.

    Wait until Chkdsk finishes Checking / Repairing any faults
    Windows will then either restart your computer or continue loading Normally.
  10. emcee47

    emcee47 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Have already run Chkdsk on a couple of occasions with no noticeable difference - the only notable thing being the constant beeping as I mentioned above when the machine tries to restart. Still, I may have missed a couple of the tick-boxes, so will try again following this last post and let you all know. Thanx for the interest and help everyone ...
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    If you have an addon PCI-Express video card
    Please reseat the power plug for it (most have a power connection now)

    Otherwise have a look at Beep Codes
  12. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,335   +36

    kimsland, we're giving the same direction, different paths.
  13. emcee47

    emcee47 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Hi all ... Well, ran the chkdsk again as I did in the earlier threads ... and with the same result: after it gave everything the all-clear, it tried to restart and back came the beeps ... eight short ones. When it did restart tho', the 'Please Wait' was still there. Thanks to the suggestion, however, I went to your 'beep' i/d programme and got this about my particular beeps:-
    8 short Display memory read/write error- The system video adapter is missing or defective.
    ... which takes me back to Square One - the 'dummy' bit! Apologies, but I still need a bit of guidance if anyone can take the time
  14. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Does your mobo have onboard video or carded video (or both)?

    Is it shared memory if onboard?

    If you have a vid card-

    Have you experimented by removing the vid card and booting without it (to check beep codes).

    Can you try another vid card?

    edit: this is why people here ask for specs in your profile :)
  15. emcee47

    emcee47 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    This is where you find out just how much of a dummy I am CCT - if you hadn't worked it out already. I don't think I'd recognise a video card unless it sprang out on me with a placard! And I take your point about the 'specs' but I'm sure you'll also have realised that if I knew any more than I'd put in already I'd have put that in too!
    However, we are where we are, as they say, so, if you could tell me what it looks like and roughly where to locate it, I'll give it a go. The good news is that, a bit like car maintenance, I do remember lessons I've learned through bitter experience.
    Given that I'd already been advised in the past to take out the memory stick and clean it with a pencil eraser, it is, of course, entirely possible that I've nudged something I shouldn't when I did it!
    Thanx again in advance.
  16. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Let's try to work it out this way -

    Download and run Everest Home (it is free):

    Once you download it, click on it and let it install and then run it from the icon on your desktop.

    Click on the + sign beside 'Computer', then on 'Summary', then go to the VERY Top of the screen and click on 'report'.

    Note: the 'Very Top' isn't one line down, it means what it says.

    Cursor over 'quick report-summary' and then click on 'plain text' and then click on 'save to file' and change the 'save in' folder to 'Desktop' and then click 'Save'.

    Clear all your open windows and on the Desktop click on that 'report.txt' icon - this will open it in a text editor (probably Notepad) and then use your mouse to highlight ALL the 'debug' entries and delete them, then use your mouse to hilight all the remaining text then copy and paste it to here.

    For future reference: once you open Everest, click on file, preferences, report and uncheck the 'include debug information in the report' box. People rarely want to see that stuff.
  17. emcee47

    emcee47 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Have completed that CCT - but, unless I've misunderstood you, the number of characters in the report (232,525) needs to be abbreviated down to 10,000 ... ?
  18. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    'but, unless I've misunderstood' - you did.

    Did you make a 'quick report-summary' AND delete ALL the debug stuff ?
  19. emcee47

    emcee47 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Sorry ! This looks a bit better ... I hope!

    --------[ EVEREST Home Edition (c) 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

    Version EVEREST v2.20.405
    Report Type Quick Report
    Computer HOME (OFFICE)
    Generator Mark
    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
    Date 2008-08-11
    Time 22:09

    --------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
    DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
    Computer Name HOME (OFFICE)
    User Name Mark

    CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 1666 MHz (12.5 x 133) 2000+
    Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-7VKMP(-P) (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 2 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN)
    Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8375 ProSavageDDR KM266
    System Memory 512 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type AMI (04/02/03)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400 (64 MB)
    3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400
    Monitor Samsung SyncMaster 152Sm/152V [15" LCD] (HSGX815823)

    Audio Adapter VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller

    IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Floppy Drive MATSHITA LS-120 VER5 00
    Disk Drive Hitachi HDP725025GLAT80 (232 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H10N
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    C: (NTFS) 238472 MB (214093 MB free)

    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse Microsoft PS/2 Mouse

    Network Adapter Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC (
    Network Adapter TE100-PCBUSR 32-Bit Cardbus PC Card
    Modem Lucent Win Modem

    Printer Canon SELPHY CP400 (Copy 2)
    Printer Family Tree Maker Printer
    Printer hp officejet 4100 series fax
    Printer hp officejet 4100 series
    Printer Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
    USB1 Controller ULi/ALi M5237 USB Open Host Controller
    USB1 Controller ULi/ALi M5237 USB Open Host Controller
    USB1 Controller ULi/ALi M5237 USB Open Host Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB2 Controller ULi/ALi M5273 USB 2.0 Host Controller
    USB2 Controller VIA USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
    USB Device Creative WebCam NX Pro #2
    USB Device Generic USB Hub
    USB Device hp officejet 4100 series
    USB Device officejet 4100 (DOT4USB)
    USB Device USB Composite Device
    USB Device USB Printing Support
  20. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  21. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    OK -you have onboard video with shared Ram as far I can tell.

    What I would suggest is you uninstall the video drivers and install a fresh copy.

    Create a folder on your desktop call VideoDrivers (Windows Explorer, click Desktop, click File, New, Folder and name it so.

    Go to this site:

    and download the XP Video drivers (the one that says XP and is 9.41 Mb) and MAKE SURE you specify that desktop Folder for the download.

    Then, go into Start, Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs and find your Video drivers and remove them.

    Reboot. Your screen will look weird - live with it.

    Click on that desktop Folder and install the new drivers.

  22. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  23. emcee47

    emcee47 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Sorry guys ... sleep intervened. Am ploughing through this this morning but, before I do something irrevocable, my 'video drivers' would be NVIDIA ( I also have Windows Media and DivX players but they're not drivers ... right)? Just checking thru' the Add/Remove programs etc.
  24. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    'would be NVIDIA' - Yes! It should ask, I think, if you want all your settings deleted also. Say No!
  25. emcee47

    emcee47 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Didn't see that last bit until I'd done it CCT! However, have tried downloading as suggested and, although it seems to do that OK, when it comes to unpacking and installing on the machine, it's telling me that it can't complete the installation and to check my 'Windows Log' for info. Sorry, but it's still leaving me behind a bit I'm afraid.
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