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Slow startup Whoever answers the right solution to this gets a really big thankyou, Now the problem im having is my startup "loading personal settings", I type in my password and press enter then I can wait upto 5 minutes for it just to show my desktop and icons, sometimes just the desktop and there are no icons for about a minute or so. I also hear a grinding noise coming from my floppy drive while "loading personal settings". why does it do this I have reinstalled windows about 5 times and it is still slow startup and i hear the grinding noise. This doesn't happen allways but about 8 times out of 10 it will happen. I also have norton internet security 2007 which i have scanned my computer many times to find no risks detected I have also got Adware 2007 free edition and again no finds of spyware etc. My computer is Windows Xpsp2, celeronD, 736mbRAM, 80GB Hard drive and a foxconn motherboard and is only 2 years old. I need it fixed it's killing me. can anyone help :(

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  • RAZOR141 Dec 29, 2007

    i just disabled the floppy drive in BIOS, restarted PC and the floppy drive still makes that noise and it took about 1 minute for the desktop to show

  • RAZOR141 Dec 29, 2007

    cant be norton, when i installed windows it still had a slow startup without norton being installed. Thanx anyway



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I have found no good luck with norton . i wonder if its set to scan on start up or run a task .. check the settings .. try disableing the norton and the adware for the next startup to see if it starts faster.. as for the flopy sounds like a bearing or just showing sings of its use

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Try disabling the floppy drive in the bios as it sounds like its trying to read a disk that isnt there. Floppy maybe faulty but disabling in bios will stop it from seeking.

Alternatively just remove the power cable from it.

Posted on Dec 29, 2007

  • Graeme Fallows Dec 29, 2007

    Try unplugging the power supply to it then and see what happens :)



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