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Unresponsive after boot


The Analog Kid
I've been doing some "cleaning" on my grandfather's Sony Vaio PCV-RX660. Pretty much removed all of the crap that Sony installs and everything that my grandfather finds on the net.

The problem is that if you boot the machine, it boots, the drives spin up and I come to the desktop, only thing is that I have to wait about another 2 minutes or so for the computer to become responsive and for the drives to stop spinning.

Anyone have any ideas?

It's XP Home if anyone needs to know. Sorry the question is so broad, I just can't figure it out.


The Analog Kid
It has 512 of ddr ram. I just had an idea. IE doesn't do anything either during this time. I put in a wireless network about a month ago. Could it be looking for the other computer on the network? For example, the laptop that's not usually on?

Hipster Doofus

Good grief Charlie Brown
That's probably what is doing it. Here's the fix but I don't think it will be of any use to you. You could try the first one.

Correcting System Hang at Startup

If your system hangs about 2 or 3 minutes at startup, where you can't access the Start button or the Taskbar, it may be due to one specific service (Background Intelligent Transfer) running in the background. Microsoft put out a patch. (pre sp1) For some it worked others not.

1. Go to the control panel/admin tools/.
2. Go to the 'Services' tab, find the 'Background Intelligent Transfer' service, disable it, apply the changes & reboot.

Also if not on a network disable 'workstation' at the same place as above.


The Analog Kid

It is still unresponsive with the laptop on and connected to the network. I get the attached error message when open IE. If I click retry, it accesses the net fine. I know there's gotta be a fix for this. Something having XP only search the network when you open "My Network Places" or something...

Hipster: THanks for the tip, but it did not work.

ps, maybe a mod could move this to networking now that I'm fairly confident that it's a networking issue


Does he connect to the Internet using Broadband or dialup? If Broadband, I would go to Internet options, connections tab, and make sure that "never dial a connection" has the dot by it. Clear cache and cookies and click the settings button next to the "delete files button, in there check the option "every visit to the page". Also, make sure that some crappy search engine hasn't taken ahold of IE. Look to see what he has coming up for his home page. If you suspect that something has changed the original setup of IE, you could do a repair on IE.


Is the machine using DHCP? if it is try setting a static IP and see if that speeds things up.

Gus K

NTFS abuser
make sure that some crappy search engine hasn't taken ahold of IE
By cleaning I hope that has also included a run with Ad-aware.

Was this a problem before your 'cleaning'? If not then you've inadvertantly deleted something that was needed.

Maybe Windows is always looking/obtaining an IP address each time (can take some time). Maybe an actual address should be entered. "Use the following address' type of thing, in your network connection.

For me when I first went with SBCdsl, my conection was taking about 70 seconds to be completed. Turns out XP (PPPoe) was always obtaining/assigning an IP address to the NIC. It always assigned the same one, so I typed this into my LAN's tcp/ip (NIC) settings and ticked "Use the following address'. Now takes about 4 seconds to connect.


The Analog Kid
It is on broadband. I did run Ad-aware. Removed four items. Just data miners. IT is using DHCP. I will try setting a static IP. Be Right back after I try that.
Alright, I'm gonna be an idiot here, but I've never been big into the networking thing. What do I use as the static IP and the DNS Server? Where do I find it if I log onto the router?
your going down the wrong path, setting a dns server is ok so long as it dont go down, and you cant set a static ip on broadband nowdays as most are dynamic, try somtihing else.


You are right, if you have a router it is obtaining its Ip dynamically from your ISP, and you can set your internal network addresses statically.

To find out what address to use I would first boot the machine using DHCP. Then open a command prompt (run cmd) next type in ipconfig /all Now write down the settings that DHCP has given to the machine. Now use those settings for setting your static IP and DNS info.

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