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Old 12-28-2006, 01:37 AM   #1
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Default Extremely Long Boot Times Intermittently

Hi guys,
For the past few months my laptop (Compaq Presario V2311US) will occasionally take EXTREMELY LONG to boot. Sometimes it will just completely freeze. This is intermittently, and is completely normal sometimes.

I think I know what the problem is, but I am not going to say. I want someone else to confirm my suspicion, without me putting ideas into their head.

Before you suggest it, I have tried a complete fresh install of Windows, and I know it is not a virus/spyware/whatever because it also acts up when booting Ubuntu Linux.

OS: Windows XP Pro or Ubuntu Linux
CPU: AMD Turion64
RAM: 512
HD: 60GB
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:41 AM   #2
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sounds like MBR/HDD problem or possibly a RAM problem... but it would also help if you told us your suspicion...


you may have done something to the MBR when you installed Ubuntu.
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well the MBR has been re-written multiple times during reinstalls of both windows and ubuntu, yet the problem persists through each install.
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so what do you think it is?

it's not like we are one minded with it... just tell me, and i can give a "yay or nay" to your idea, because any fresh ideas would help...
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Old 12-28-2006, 01:59 AM   #5
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Well I actually thought it was the hard drive. During the long boots it sounds like the drive is really stressing itself (hard, loud clicking).

Also, it intermittently fails the BIOS drive test.... but here is the kicker with this. Compaq has released firmware updates for some of their presario notebooks to fix false failures of the bios drive diagnostic, but it doesnt include my model. For a while I was hoping that one would come for mine soon and my drive was actually fine.

I know it is almost 100% obvious that its the drive, but I just wanted to hear someone else say it.
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how old is it?
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Well I actually thought it was the hard drive. During the long boots it sounds like the drive is really stressing itself (hard, loud clicking).

Also, it intermittently fails the BIOS drive test.... but here is the kicker with this. Compaq has released firmware updates for some of their presario notebooks to fix false failures of the bios drive diagnostic, but it doesnt include my model. For a while I was hoping that one would come for mine soon and my drive was actually fine.

I know it is almost 100% obvious that its the drive, but I just wanted to hear someone else say it.
defanitly, my laptop did that 4 about a wk then the hdd s***ed out
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Default Re: Extremely Long Boot Times Intermittently

Run a HDD diagnostic on it and see what happens, you can download these from the HDD manufacturers website. It might also be worth getting in touch with compaq and see what they say
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HOW OLD IS THE HDD?!?!?!?
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Old 12-28-2006, 02:52 PM   #10
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the harddrive (and entire notebook) is about 1.5 years old.

I have run two different diagnostics on it and they both intermittently return failures also
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