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HP PC suddenly very slow to boot up - the hp startup page (blue screen which has "esc=boot" etc) stays on for a number of minutes with the fan whirring away before a black screen appears which also stays on for a while before eventually producing the desktop screen. The whole process takes about 5 or 6 mins when previously the desktop would appear in around 30 secs or so. No new software has been added and I have run anti-virus s/w to double-check it's nothing malicious but it hasn't picked anything up. Any ideas?

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  • graham sande Nov 02, 2008

    The problem appears to have fixed itself! It could be that you were on to something as the PC would occasionally make a noise suggesting that a USB device had been plugged in/unplugged and then the printer would go through some kind of diagnostic routine even though it wasn't switched on. However, I used the printer and after that the PC has restarted/started up without a hitch so I was unable to test your fix. Thanks anyway and I will bear it in mind if the problem resurfaces.

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    i8ntda1 Nov 15, 2008

    MY HP boots up slow as all get out too.

    Except mine takes about 7-8 min to actually get to the boot screen.

    It does this even when no software is added or anything.

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There are a number of reasons that may cause the issue but generally two factors: outdated hardware or poor system maintenance. For hardware part: you can get more RAM, higher CPU etc. For system part: there might be a lot of junk files, caches, errors etc out there, about 80% slow HP issues are caused by this reason, in this case you can rely on http://www.speeduphp.com/ to free detect and fix related issues.

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Disconnect the usb printer and than start the system

Posted on Nov 01, 2008

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    Ali Khambati Nov 02, 2008

    but this problem will come up again ... i will tell you what was happening

    when u start the system, up it looks for boot devices and you system was trying to boot with the help of usb printer and by the time it comes to know that its booting from the wrong place it passes a lot of time and so u need to disable the usb emulation in the bios to correct this issue

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