Question about Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Very very slow loading taking over 10 minutes from boot speaker stuttering when playing music

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 26 Answers

(Assuming Windows XP, since OS not reported.)

The problems you note are indicative of excessive hard drive activity. The sound issue, particularly, indicates possible disk thrashing as Windows runs out of memory and has to resort to a (fragmented?) pagefile. Each of the issues below is likely:

1. Hard drive heavily fragmented or has file system errors. Solution: boot into Safe Mode (During boot, Press the F8 key repeatedly to bring up the Boot Menu, select Safe Mode). Defrag: Open My Computer. RIGHT-CLICK on your C: drive. Select Properties> Tools. First CLICK on the button to check your disk for errors (just follow any prompts), then CLICK on the button to Defragment the hard drive.  NOTE: See #3 below for further information on defragmentation.

2.  While still in Safe Mode, run your anti-virus software, since malware can also cause the problems you note. Running your (up-to-date, I hope) anti-virus and anti-spyware scans in Safe Mode gives you a better chance of detecting and removing any malware.

3. Your pagefile ("virtual memory" file) and your Registry may be fragmented, and these two things aren't dealt with very well (if at all) by Windows' defragmenter. Solution? Pagedefrag ( --just copy and paste the link into your browser.). It's a utility originally from Mark Russinovich, bought and now maintained by Microsoft. Just download, install and use it according to the directions at the page noted in the URL. Highly recommended for all Windows systems Windows 2000 and above.

4. Is your system tray full of icons? You may have too many programs loading and running in the background. First, start msconfig by CLICKing Start>Run and typing msconfig in the dialog box. Press the Enter key. In msconfig, go to the Startup tab and UNcheck any programs that
   a. load at startup and that
   b. you do not want loading at startup

WRITE DOWN THE CHANGES YOU MAKE so that you can reverse them later if you experience probems with one or more programs you need. "OK" your way out of MSCONFIG and restart your computer. A little faster? Good. Not enough faster? Go back to MSCONFIG and try UNchecking a few more.

5. You may have services running in the background that you do not need. Select the appropriate list from Black Viper's Services pages ( and make modifications to the Services Windows loads (and how it loads them) according to his recommendations. Again, WRITE DOWN THE CHANGES YOU MAKE so you can reverse them if necesary.

6.Too little system memory. Go to (no, I do not work for Crucial nor do I get any compensation for recommending the company; I just like Crucial memory and like the company's guarantee/return policy) and run the memory configurator or select your computer from the drop-down lists. Buy more memory. Preferably as much as your computer can take.

7. Sadly, the symptoms mentioned can also indicate hardware problems--failing hard drive, heat issues, internal connections with built upo resistance because of deposits, corrosion. Those would be difficult to diagnose with the little info presented, and some impossible absent physical examination. Suggestions:

Buy a can of compressed air for electronics cleaning (no, you CAN'T use your compressor you hook your paint sprayer to :-)).Power your computer down and unplug it.  Open your case, GROUND YOURSELF on bare metal and use the compressed air to blow all the dust bunnies out. TAKE CARE when blowing dust out of the CPU fan and heat sink! Gently--GENTLY--touch the fan to keep it from spinning as you blow dust off it and out of the cooling fins of the heat sink.

Interestingly enough, I had a computer service call once where the only apparent issue causing very slow running was heat buildup from excessive dust bunny population. *heh*

Posted on Jul 17, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Technician can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Technician (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Hi My left side behringer truth b1030a monitor speaker has a problem. It plays for 5-10 minutes and then just goes off. Im suspecting a blown capacitor. Please help!

If it come back on after shutting down, you have a part overheatinga and then working again after it's cooled off, rather than "blown. You will need to take it in for service.

Aug 31, 2015 | Behringer Music

3 Answers


Try interchanging the speakers. If the right channel works, you have a problem with your speaker.

Jun 14, 2014 | Rotel Audio Players & Recorders

2 Answers

My computer starts at the blue start up screen and it takes it about 10 minutes to load the log in screen. It wasn't doing this at first. I have done multiple system restores, but it hasn't helped....

hi Jamiekom.
Slow Running Computer Fix. Use MSCONFIG to improve computer's speed at startup. You can disable certain programs that auto-start at startup and spend less time waiting for your computer to fully boot. Simple tip to improve your computer's performance.
Why is computer so slow to startup? My Windows computer boots up slow. A slow Microsoft Windows boot up can be caused by a number of different issues. The following document contains various suggestions and tips that can help improve the overall speed of your computer's startup.
Why does it take so long to boot up my computer?3. Upgrade your hardware. A new computer is naturally going to start up faster because it has faster hardware, and a clean operating system. ... As we said above, computer startup is slow because you're moving information from a slow hard drive to faster RAM
Computer running slow at startup Check out this Quick Tip
My Windows computer boots up slow
computer slow on start up Google Search

Dec 07, 2017 | HEWLETT-PACKARD Black 20" TouchSmart...

2 Answers

Slow operation

remove unnecessary programs from the startup

Nov 27, 2008 | E-Machines M6811 Notebook

1 Answer

Stuttering and the sound breaks

Sounds like the controls have dust in them. Blow the controls with dust cleaner.

I can't fix this for you, but if I helped you get it fixed, please rate it as a fixya not a helpful rating. These ratings let me be allowed to help you and others in the future.

May 19, 2008 | Harman Kardon SoundSticks II Computer...

1 Answer

DVD player isn't loading and playing properly

Since it will play eventualy, I'd suspect a dirty lens. Open up the unit and carefully clean the lens using a cotton swab and alcohol. Also, try a music CD. If the CD works flawlessly but DVDs still fail occasssionally, the optics are starting to fail and will need to be replaced.

May 13, 2008 | Samsung HC-P4363W 43 in. TV/DVD Combo

1 Answer

Sound on my laptop

try connect the speakers externally on green connector on your laptop check if its working . ok otherwise there may be a problem in sound card (may be drivers installing problem or soundcard problem) if not solved call to my mobile : 9440346646

Mar 09, 2008 | Acer Aspire 5630 Notebook

1 Answer

Media Stuttering

Run your disk defrag after taking off your files. Also, get more ram so the machine doesn't use the hard drive for virtual memory as much.

Jan 01, 2008 | Acer TravelMate 8204WLMi Notebook

1 Answer

Phones ear speaker stopped working?

I guess this is a common problem huh. No worries!

First: Click on your music button and play a song as you would normally do on your phone (make sure your speaker is on during this point).

Second: Click on the speaker button so you can listen to your music through your ear piece (as your music is still playing). If you don't hear your music through your ear piece wait until you hear it. It shouldn't take more than a minute. (Your music should be playing throughout this whole process)

Follow these steps every time you come across this problem.

If this solution resolved your problem, please leave a comment and a good rate. Thank you!

Oct 05, 2007 | Kyocera Slider Remix KX5 / Sonic Cellular...

1 Answer

No response AT ALL from player or on the computer

Go to, Load the latest music manager. Then load the firmware upgrade.

Aug 19, 2006 | Rio CE2100 MP3 Player

Not finding what you are looking for?
Computers & Internet Logo

Related Topics:

118 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Computers & Internet Experts

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers


Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

David Payne
David Payne

Level 3 Expert

14162 Answers

Are you a Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides