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Windows 7: Problem Starting Laptop.....Takes 1 1/2 hours to boot up

20 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 x64
Problem Starting Laptop.....Takes 1 1/2 hours to boot up

Hey folks I have an old laptop, it is 4.5 years old and has basically never let me down, we had a power outage about two weeks ago and I had some trouble restarting it up, I tried all kinds of F key combinations and such, but to no avail.
What happens is when I push the power button on the unit I can hear the fan come on for about 5 seconds and then it shuts off, but I can see the power light is on and I can hear noises coming from the HD, so I know its doing something, plust the screen stays blank. I messed with it for about half a day and finally just gave up on it and just figured to let it do its own thing and so I just pushed the power button and and set it aside. about an hour and a half later I open the laptop up and Voila! its working and booted up, works beautifully as well.
So I decide to see if the issues has been resolved and shut it down using Windows, I go to push the button again, and same thing....takes another hour and a half to start up.
The nest thing I try is to do a restart using windows, and it restarts beautifully, it just wont restart from a complete shutdown......
So, I figure Heck its working fine once the hour and a half is over, I have been using it for two weeks now without any issues whatsoever, just that I havent completely shut it down during that time.
Now that I have a little time on my hands I decided to see if I can trouble shoot it, does anyone here have any ideas?
It is an HP DV7 with AMD Turion Dual Core-Mobile RM-74 2.20 GHz, 8 gig RAM, 500 MB HD, Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit system

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20 May 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP


Everything that can be done is here for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start .

Use the Win7 disk provided to run a few Startup Repairs to see if it finds anything. If not then you can continue with the steps to try to repair it, or rescue any files needed to run HP System Recovery or do the vastly superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 since you need to make the disk for repairs anyway.

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21 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

with what gregrocker said, you should also back up important things to onedrive.
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