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Windows load screen at boot, looong black screen, then normal startup

By needhelp51
Apr 24, 2013
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  1. needhelp51

    needhelp51 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 218

    Yes, at least :). How can I contact jobeard?
     
  2. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,021   +913

    Head over to his profile and send him a message ("start a conversation" = private message).
     
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,348   +50

    I would guess the explanation is that some important files involved in the Windows startup were located on a part of the drive where there was great difficulty reading the data (multiple retries required for every read). This does not necessarily mean windows system files, it could be anti-malware, wireless networking, video utilities etc.

    Now if you move that stuff to a good part of the drive, all those read delays are gone.
     
  4. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,021   +913

    I thought at first it had something to do with indexing. But sine he clean installed Windows on a new HDD, I think your guess is correct. It must be a certain program that slows down the disk. Anti-malware may be the most likely. needhelp51, what antivirus program are you using?
     
  5. needhelp51

    needhelp51 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 218

    Hello, I installed Microsoft Security Essentials. My firewall is windows'. No other resident antimalware.
     
  6. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,021   +913

    That shouldnt be the issue than. Try this and tell us what is taking up the most disk resources:

    1) Press Ctrl/Shift/Esc to open Task Manager
    2) Click the "Performance" tab.
    3) Click the "Resource Monitor..." button
    4) In Resource Montior, click the "Disk" tab.
    5) In the "Processes with Disk Activity" pane, click the "Total (B/sec)" column to sort by total disk activity .
    6) The process with the highest B/sec is most likely the cause of this slowdown.
     
  7. needhelp51

    needhelp51 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 218

    Sadly, there is no 'Resource monitor' button there, only graphs and memory usage values. Is this button available in xp?
     
  8. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,021   +913

    I think it is only on Win 7.
     
  9. needhelp51

    needhelp51 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 218

    Ok. So unfortunately, I cannot visualize wether an application is heavy on ressources.

    I am starting to realize, though, that the problem seems more accute in Internet Explorer. Other softwares seem not so bad in terms of typing.
     
  10. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,021   +913

    Try Google Chrome. IE is known for input lag.
     
  11. needhelp51

    needhelp51 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 218

    I tried Google Chrome which by the way is great. However, problem came back intemittently in all browsers. I suspect my AC adaptor was faulty. It started humming a few days ago and I replaced it. All speed problems seem gone. Could a faulty AC adaptor coupled with a nearly dead battery (8 mins lifetime at full charge) be the cause of such slowdowns? Seems like a new computer now...
     
     
  12. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,021   +913

    Yes, if the battery is low, Windows will lower clock speeds and therefore reduce the performance of the machine to maintain the remaining power.
     


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