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Old 07-15-2010, 07:36 PM   #1
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So i got this Dell Laptop to fix...weird thing is

it will be stuck on the load-up screen for 15-20 minutes or more, then logging in will take another 10-15 minutes...

I tried looking into the system configuration through msconfig

disabled most of the startup programs down to the two most important ones
also played around with the "system services", but no luck...both will still startup the laptop really slow...

it has a 1gb ram and all updates/drivers are installed...

i also tried swapping the hdd with another laptop, still the same thing. I do not suspect it to be a bad hdd

but even after swapping the hdd, it will still take a very long time to load up and login....

occasionally the explorer.exe will shoot up to 50% CPU usage without me doing anything...

i believe these two are related in some way...

any ideas...thanks in advance
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:37 AM   #2
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For clues run the free programs Autoruns and Process Explorer to see what's starting up / going on. Is Windows updating anything in the background.
Is the HD from the other computer running on the exact same kind of computer?
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Old 07-16-2010, 06:19 AM   #3
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the HD on the other computer ran perfectly fine, so i know it has nothing to do with the motherboard or ps/battery

i finished updating windows update, improved the load up time by a little, i was getting 30 minutes now, down to 11 minutes this morning...doubt a defragment is needed...

don't know if its one of the programs or utilities used in svchost.exe, one of them is abnormally higher, i compared it to 2 other computers, at work i used a few other computers, the average of svchost running is 6-7, this laptop has 9 running memory usage is pretty high
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