May 01, 2007 - 12:33 PM
Couple of thoughts:
After you log on in normal mode, leave the laptop running for a long time. And I mean LONG i.e.overnight. Sometimes you have a virus scanner, backup program or something which scans the whole HD and blocks the computer for a long time. See if you can access the laptop after this. Maybe there is a screen open which gives you a clue i.e. "Virus scanner has finished scanning all hard drives" etc.
When did the problem start? What happened before that time? Did you install something? A virus scanner? Did you change a configuration?
How much free space do you have on your HD? Windows creates a pagefile where it moves part of the memory to. If you have no space left on the HD, this can block the machine! If you have not much free space left, boot in safe mode, defrag your HD, use tools i.e. like TreeSize Free from Jam Tools (http://www.jam-software.com/freeware/...) and see if there are huge folders you can delete (Be careful!)
Any programs in the start up folder? Hold the SHIFT key while logging on and they will not be started! If it solves the problem, go to Start - Programs - Startup and see what is in there!
Enable boot logging (see link further down)
Uninstall unnecessary applications!
Have a look at this extensive article:
That's what comes to my mind for now. If I have another idea, I'll let you know!
One warning: If you change registry settings and delete files you don't know what they are for, you can seriously damage your system! A backup is crucial!
May 02, 2007 - 03:22 AM
On desktops, sometimes PSU's can do this sort of thing. But you have a laptop so I doubt you have any power problems.
It could be some upgrade/new software installed that is having compatability issues with something else.
It might be worth checking the Event viewer also. Im pretty certain u can run that in Safe mode. That might give an indication onto what is happening. Are you familiar with using Event viewer?
You can also check for spyware. Im pretty certain you can install and run hijackthis in safe mode. Might be worth trying that and having a look.
When u get into windows and can use it, then I suggest u install some system cleaning software. I used to use System Mechanic but now prefer this lightweight tool called CCCleaner. its a free spyware free download. It is useful to tell you what applications are run during startup. If you are unsure about a process then search on google.
May 02, 2007 - 01:00 PM
Also, Spyware is usually "spying" on keyboard entries and userids and passwords as well as email addresses in teh address book etc. How can this be related to a slow system and hard drive activities? That's no criticism, I just wonder if I can learn something here!
Also a faulty hard disk would also be faulty in save mode!
All the other things you said were already mentioned in my entry!
May 02, 2007 - 01:11 PM
Its supposed to be a new paragraph and not a continuation of spyware.
For spyware I used xoftspy and avg antispyware
what I was trying to say was when PC is up and running, is to install utils like this to help keep your pc in good health.
I was merely posting comments based on some experiences I have. I dont mean to copy, that was not my intention and certainly couldnt find any mention of event viewer, though I may be mistaken.
May 06, 2007 - 03:17 PM
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