Why does my computer take so long to boot up?

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Why does my computer take so long to boot up?

  • I have a T700r with a 1ghz cpu in it. I am using the A11 Bios and find that my boot up hangs on the Dell screen. Is there a way to make this quicker? I know it has nothing to do with the soundcard or 1ghz cpu because I booted up without the soundcard and had this problem before installing the new cpu. Is there something I can change in the Bios?

  • I assume by the word "hanging" you are actually referring to the machine pausing for a length of time when the Dell logo appears. If this is true, I don't know if your aware that while the logo is being displayed there is diagnostic tests occurring in the background as well a quick virus scan if you have anti-virus software installed. You can speed up the boot time by going into the BIOS setup and enabling the Quick Boot option which will skip over some the post tests. The link below is for the document on your BIOS setup and the Quick Boot option.

    http://docs.us.dell.com/docs/systems/dkub/syssetup.htm#boot_screen



    The standard disclaimer.... I don't work for Dell nor am I associated with Dell. I'm not even related to Michael Dell, although there are times I would like to be the first born
    son to Bill Gate$.


    If Windows was perfect, Bill wouldn't
    be trying to sell you the next version.


    All opinions expressly contained herein are subject to more opinion.

  • How much memory do you have installed? The more you put in, the longer the boot time - the system needs to check it.

    PD

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    384 Mb RAM
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    ATA 100 Controller
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    Fire Wire card
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  • I do have 768 megs of ram, and I always have quickboot on. However, I am running Windows XP, so their shouldnt be any programs running under DOS or during startup.

  • 768 megs is a lot of RAM, but with Quick Boot enabled you should be skipping over the memory testing. The next time you boot you might want to press the ESC key to minimize the Dell logo and see what is running that takes so long. Another thing is to go into the BIOS setup and double check that Quick Boot is enabled. If you have done any BIOS upgrades since enabling Quick Boot, the upgrades may have changed the Quick Boot option back to it's default setting of disabled.



    The standard disclaimer.... I don't work for Dell nor am I associated with Dell. I'm not even related to Michael Dell, although there are times I would like to be the first born
    son to Bill Gate$.


    If Windows was perfect, Bill wouldn't
    be trying to sell you the next version.


    All opinions expressly contained herein are subject to more opinion.

  • By a long time, what excactly are we talking? At run type in msconfig to see what is running at start-up, unclick anything that you do not need. Run a disk clean-up(beware what you check) and defrag your harddrive. This should speed things up.