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Windows 7: Laptop takes 15 mins after boot up before I can do anything!!

05 Jan 2011   #21

Windows 7 Home Premium Version 6 64 bit
A long night ahead of me

Thank you both for your suggestions. I will get started right away with the hard drive. That thought entered my mind but I didn't want to think about it cause that freaks me out.

Probably won't get back to you tonight, but will definitely do that tomorrow.

BTW this is one of four PCs on my home network so I am cool with an internet connection.

Thanks you all for all of your help. Talk to you soon hopefully with good news!

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06 Jan 2011   #22

Windows 7 Home Premium Version 6 64 bit
So far so go

I checked the HD and there were bad sectors. I used to be a Computer tech back in the 90s and things have changed so much so I reverted back to CHKDSK. It fixed the bad spots and I haven't had any problems at all this morning.

I also updated the driver for my wireless nic and I promise to keep more up to date on things.

Thank you all for your help. I think we're good.
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06 Jan 2011   #23

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Glad to hear you found the problem.

For what it's worth, I usually replace a drive with even one bad sector as soon as I can. It might be overkill, but my experience has been that as soon as one crops up there will be others to follow. An exception would be a system or drive which I don't really need anything off of and don't mind the risk.

If you've got a USB drive handy it might save you some trouble down the road to go ahead and make an image of the drive now. If or when the drive finally buys the farm you can replace it and be up and running a lot more quickly. I use the Macrium Reflect FREE Edition and like it so much that I'll probably buy the full version.
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06 Jan 2011   #24

Windows 7 Home Premium Version 6 64 bit

Thanks for the suggestion. I think I may just do that. There's not too much on this machine but I do have it set up the way I want it and a few programs I really don't want to lose.
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06 Jan 2011   #25


In addition to running Disk Check, I would run the HD maker's own diag/repair bootable CD extended scan which can repair surface errors, then repeat Disk Check. The combination can extend the life of HD although I would back it up frequently, both a Win7 backup image and files.

HD Diagnostic
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files
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07 Jan 2011   #26

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

It sounds like you've got all the information you needed and have fixed the issue.
I just wanted to throw this out there. I like to use Hijack This to do a system scan because it will show all the different programs that run at startup as well as enumerations, programs with missing files and you can delete items and if yo make a mistake you can easily restore it from the backup.

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Their is also another program called Process Explorer I like because not only can you see what is running but you can click on that item and it will take you to the web and tell you exactly what it is and if it can be uninstalled or if it shouldn't. I know task manager can do about all the same things., but I like the web feature in it.
Process Explorer
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08 Jan 2011   #27

Windows 7 Home Premium Version 6 64 bit
to one and all

Yesterday the laptop was running like it was brand new. I got everything double backed up, made the recovery DVDs, updated my nic driver and was happy as a lark. Worked on the laptop on and off until about midnight and then shut it down.

That was all she wrote. This morning I booted her up and the black screen showed a msg to select windows recovery, which I did. It loaded a few files then just sat with a black screen and a mouse pointer. I tried the recovery disks...nothing. I tried a bootable cd with a hard drive repair program ...nothing. I thanked God I had dvd backups of all of my pictures and passwords. Not sure if I had any files but their was nothing earth shattering there.

The laptop is still under warranty so I called Toshiba and I must send it back. They won't send me a hard drive to install myself because of the warranty. This is the 7th Toshiba laptop in the family and the first time we have ever lost a hard drive. Oh well, such is life.

Just wanted to say thanks for all the good info. Glad I had a warning so I could backup everything. I have become lax at that since I don't have important docs on it.

If I ever have more problems this is where I will come first. You were all great

Thanks and Happy New Year!
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08 Jan 2011   #28

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2

Sorry to hear about the drive.

It's good to hear that it's still under warranty and that you didn't lose anything of consequence. Hope you get it back soon.
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