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XP very slow on bootup

By Sideliner2
May 28, 2007
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  1. I am not sure if I'm on the correct board so please advise.
    When I restart, XP pauses at USB Devices for 10 or 15 seconds then moves to autodetect 6th master IDE HD and pauses for another 15 or more seconds. After that it moves to XP Professional/Recovery console menu. Choosing XP takes me to black screen with flashing cursor for another lengthly wait before moving to logon on screen. Sorry for the wordy message. Do you think this is a virus or OS problem.

    SL2
  2. Sideliner2

    Sideliner2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Solved

    I reinstalled the Recovery Console and now boot up runs normally.
    SL2
  3. Sideliner2

    Sideliner2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I was wrong.

    Re installing recovery console only helped for a short time. It now takes minutes to boot up and sometimes hangs at a black screen until I reboot. Can I follow Howards directions in the sticky and post HJT log on this thread or should I start a new thread?
    SL2
  4. momok

    momok TS Rookie Posts: 2,272

    Hi,

    You may post in this thread after following all 15 steps. Do attach only the requested 3 logs, and in your reply, provide details of the results of the AVG Anti Rootkit scan.

    Thanks.


    Regards,
    Your friendly momok =)

    This thread is for the use of Sideliner2 only. Please don't post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
  5. Sideliner2

    Sideliner2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Posted logs

    The AVG Antirootkit scan reported nothing. Current symptoms being exibited are very slow start up at boot. Startup pauses for one min or more at "USB Devices 2 hubs 5 devices" and another min or longer at "auto detect primary master ide hard drive" then it goes on to id 3, 4, and 6 masters. This machine has two 250g sata HD, one rack mount 160g sata HD, and usd enclosure holding 120g that is not sata.

    I have attached HJT AVG Antispyware and Combofix logs.
  6. momok

    momok TS Rookie Posts: 2,272

    Hi,

    Your HijackThis and ComboFix logs look relatively clean.

    However I noticed that your AVG log displays 'No Action Taken' for all the files detected.

    I suggest you run AVG again and quarantine the files. Pictorial instructions HERE.

    Also, Have HijackThis fix the following entries:

    O2 - BHO: Yahoo! Toolbar Helper - {02478D38-C3F9-4EFB-9B51-7695ECA05670} - (no file)
    O2 - BHO: (no name) - {BDF3E430-B101-42AD-A544-FADC6B084872} - (no file)
    O4 - Global Startup: APC UPS Status.lnk = ?
    O4 - Global Startup: MagicTune 3.6.lnk = ?
    O6 - HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Control Panel present

    Regards,
    Your friendly momok =)

    This thread is for the use of Sideliner2 only. Please don't post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
  7. Sideliner2

    Sideliner2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    all requests performed

    Momok
    Thanks for the help. I followed all your suggestions. I now feel that my slow boot problem is not virus or malware driven. Not sure how to fix it(see my first post). I have not tried fixmbr. The message MS pops up in Recovery Console is scary. I'll keep picking at it.
    sl2
  8. momok

    momok TS Rookie Posts: 2,272

    Hi,

    May I suggest that you read this thread here on how to speed up your system.

    Regards,
    Your friendly momok =)

    This thread is for the use of Sideliner2 only. Please don't post your own virus/spyware problems in this thread. Instead, open a new thread in our security and the web forum.
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,407   +314

    check your BIOS boot sequence; as normally we boot from the HD, make it
    first in the boot sequence. If you need a CD or USB boot, you can change it
    at that time. Some BIOS will allow a temporary boot from a specific device
    eg: my laptop has F12 defined to Pick Boot Device
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