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dv7 slow startup problems

Discussion in 'HP & Compaq' started by cubicjack, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. cubicjack

    cubicjack Newbie

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    I recently got a dv7, and did a clean Vista install immediately. But since then, it takes a long time to boot up from the loading bar to the Vista logo. It probably stays at the loading bar screen for 5 or 6 minutes. I have done a memory test, a disk check, and defrag, but still no improvement. I have no idea what could be the problem. Could anyone point me in the right direction?

    Here are the details for the most recent boot-up from the event viewer:
    Not sure if these are indications of anything. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. flipfire

    flipfire Moderately Boss Super Moderator

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    5-6mins on a clean install?!

    It could be one of your drivers having problems starting up.

    What programs have got installed?

    Did you do any tweaks to Vista?

    Do you have any USB/external devices plugged in?
     
  3. cubicjack

    cubicjack Newbie

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    What programs have got installed?

    MS Office, Firefox, Symantec Antivirus (not Norton), Daemon Tools, Winamp, and Winrar. All the common stuff. There might be some that I left out, but are there any types of programs that I should be aware of?

    Did you do any tweaks to Vista?

    Aside from disabling Windows Defender, Sidebar, and Indexing, I haven't really made any tweaks. And again, is there anything that I should be aware of that would cause this?

    Do you have any USB/external devices plugged in?

    I have tested it without anything plugged in, but it made no difference.


    I also have a dv5 with almost-identical hardware. Both clean installed with the same Vista disc using the same procedure, both have the same drivers (for the identical hardware) and similar installed programs, but the dv5 never had this problem. Aside from the slow start-up, everything else runs properly on the dv7, i haven't really encountered any other problems.

    Are there any utilities that I could use to check what exactly is taking up the time?
     
  4. deeastman

    deeastman Notebook Deity

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    Symantec owns Norton so if the products aren't identical I would speculate they are very much the same. Since it should be easy to do, I would either disable your AV program or uninstall it temporarily and see if it makes a difference.

    AV programs can cause quite long boots if they are not working properly and sometimes just a re-install of them can fix the problem (if there is one). If it were me I would eliminate that program as a potential cause first before expending large amounts of time in other areas.
     
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    hder207 Notebook Enthusiast

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    do you have a cd in the drive? that would take longer to boot.
    (just thinking).
     
  6. cubicjack

    cubicjack Newbie

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    Just completely removed SAV and all its components, all still the same.

    Nope. Nothing in the drive.
     
  7. Chris Redfield

    Chris Redfield Notebook Consultant

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    Try ccleaner and windows one care in order to optimize your laptop.

    What are your laptop specs?
     
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    patora4ever Notebook Enthusiast

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    i had simler problem before.. just enabled again readyboost and its ok try that
     
  9. deeastman

    deeastman Notebook Deity

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    Have you taken a look in Device Manager to see if any of your drivers has a yellow exclamation point next to it?

    Also, tied to the previous question, after you did your install did you install the HP drivers for your notebook or are you just using the drivers that Vista installed?
     
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