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Post by Grog on Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:51 am

Hi there,
I'm having a major problem booting up my PC. I'll try to explain as best I can what is happening. Please bear with me (I'm no 'techie')
Yesterday my PC seemed to be stalling a little so I decided to reboot it. When I did, the PC would get to the 'Windows Start Up' page then it would flash up the dreaded bright blue screen for a nano-second before trying to rebooting itself again....and again....and again etc.
I tried switching off the PC for a while (a few times) yet still it kept on doing te same thing.
In the end, I seemingly had no alternative than to reformat my hard drive (again).
My PC is very old (AMD Athlon (tm) XP2000+) and has broken down many times, sadly, I cant afford a new one at the moment. My HD is very old too and due to similar problems in the past, I have reformatted it at least 6 times.
After reformatting the HD, when I now boot up, I get the usual black screen initially, then when the white strip appears at the bottom of the screen, it then takes about 20 minutes to fully boot up. This is excruciatingly slow and is driving me mad because I dont know why it's doing this or how to fix it. Yikes
It did this once before (slow booting). Not the last time I reformatted the HD (that was fine), but the time before that. There must be a reason for this and I would love to know why it does this.
My XP disc is an original copy, not a 'copy' and it is an Original XP disc, so as you can imagine, given the time it takes to reboot my PC now every time, and having to install all the updates to SP2 etc etc it's taking forever.
The last time I reformatted my HD I'm sure that when I installed XP again from the disc, it allowed me to save existing files, only this time, it didnt. I tried to just 'Repair' the installation before reformatting but it seems to get to "Press 'R'", then doesnt really do anything else.
I have enclosed a HijackThis log for your perusal that I did this evening.
Many thanks in advance for reading this message and any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks: Grog.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 00:17:09, on 29/11/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\vVX1000.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft LifeCam\MSCamS32.exe
C:\Program Files\Babylon\Babylon-Pro\Babylon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgam.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgrsx.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgnsx.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\1259373466\ee\aolsoftware.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgcsrvx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wscntfy.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Contacts\wlcomm.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\DllHost.exe
C:\Program Files\AOL 9.0\waol.exe
C:\Program Files\AOL 9.0\shellmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\Topspeed\3.0\aoltpsd3.exe
C:\Program Files\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.google.co.uk/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
O2 - BHO: AcroIEHelperStub - {18DF081C-E8AD-4283-A596-FA578C2EBDC3} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Acrobat\ActiveX\AcroIEHelperShim.dll
O2 - BHO: Skype add-on (mastermind) - {22BF413B-C6D2-4d91-82A9-A0F997BA588C} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\SkypeIEPlugin.dll
O2 - BHO: WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgssie.dll
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: Windows Live Sign-in Helper - {9030D464-4C02-4ABF-8ECC-5164760863C6} - C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Windows Live\WindowsLiveLogin.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Babylon - {965B54B0-71E0-4611-8DE7-F73FA0B20E26} - C:\Program Files\Babylon\Babylon Toolbar\BabylonIEToolBar.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AVG8_TRAY] C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgtray.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [LifeCam] "C:\Program Files\Microsoft LifeCam\LifeExp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [VX1000] C:\WINDOWS\vVX1000.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Babylon Client] C:\Program Files\Babylon\Babylon-Pro\Babylon.exe -AutoStart
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe Reader Speed Launcher] "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Reader 9.0\Reader\Reader_sl.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Adobe ARM] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\ARM\1.0\AdobeARM.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\RunOnce: [Uninstall Adobe Download Manager] "C:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exe" "C:\Program Files\NOS\bin\getPlus_Helper.dll",Uninstall /IE2883E8F-472F-4fb0-9522-AC9BF37916A7 /Get1noarp
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [AOL Fast Start] "C:\Program Files\AOL 9.0\AOL.EXE" -b
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [ctfmon.exe] C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-19\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\System32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'LOCAL SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-20\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\System32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'NETWORK SERVICE')
O4 - HKUS\S-1-5-18\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\System32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'SYSTEM')
O4 - HKUS\.DEFAULT\..\Run: [CTFMON.EXE] C:\WINDOWS\System32\CTFMON.EXE (User 'Default user')
O8 - Extra context menu item: Translate with &Babylon - res://C:\Program Files\Babylon\Babylon-Pro\Utils\BabylonIEPI.dll/Translate.htm
O9 - Extra button: (no name) - {5067A26B-1337-4436-8AFE-EE169C2DA79F} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\SkypeIEPlugin.dll
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Skype add-on for Internet Explorer - {5067A26B-1337-4436-8AFE-EE169C2DA79F} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\SkypeIEPlugin.dll
O9 - Extra button: Skype - {77BF5300-1474-4EC7-9980-D32B190E9B07} - C:\Program Files\Skype\Toolbars\Internet Explorer\SkypeIEPlugin.dll
O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
O16 - DPF: {6414512B-B978-451D-A0D8-FCFDF33E833C} (WUWebControl Class) - http://www.update.microsoft.com/windowsupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/wuweb_site.cab?1259362734843
O16 - DPF: {6E32070A-766D-4EE6-879C-DC1FA91D2FC3} (MUWebControl Class) - http://www.update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate/v6/V5Controls/en/x86/client/muweb_site.cab?1259366288093
O16 - DPF: {E2883E8F-472F-4FB0-9522-AC9BF37916A7} (get_atlcom Class) - http://platformdl.adobe.com/NOS/getPlusPlus/1.6/gp.cab
O18 - Protocol: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgpp.dll
O18 - Protocol: skype4com - {FFC8B962-9B40-4DFF-9458-1830C7DD7F5D} - C:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\Skype\SKYPE4~1.DLL
O20 - Winlogon Notify: avgrsstarter - C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\avgrsstx.dll
O23 - Service: AOL Connectivity Service (AOL ACS) - AOL LLC - C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exe
O23 - Service: AVG8 E-mail Scanner (avg8emc) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgemc.exe
O23 - Service: AVG8 WatchDog (avg8wd) - AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o. - C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exe

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End of file - 5879 bytes

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Re: 20 Minutes To Boot Up After Reformatting HD

Post by Doctor Inferno on Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:08 am

Hello,

What kind of fomart did you perform? A repair install or a full format?


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Re: 20 Minutes To Boot Up After Reformatting HD

Post by Grog on Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:10 am

I tried to perform a repair install but it didnt seem to do anything. As mentioned before, when I clicked the 'R' button to Repair it went to a black screen which showed a C: prompt and said something along the lines of "If you want to exit Repair, type 'Exit'.
I left it as it was for about 20 minutes and nothing happened so I exited and then went for the full format after trying to repair about 4 times.

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Re: 20 Minutes To Boot Up After Reformatting HD

Post by Doctor Inferno on Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:39 am

Hello,

It sounds very much like a failing hard drive. If you did not install anything right after the format and this happens, it's the hard drive starting to fail.


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Re: 20 Minutes To Boot Up After Reformatting HD

Post by Grog on Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:19 pm

I did wonder if it was the HD. It just seems odd that after the last reformat before this one, it was running smoothly and up to speed.
It is an old HD and hardly surprising it's failing I guess. Anyway, many thanks for the suggestion. Much appreciated:
Grog.

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Re: 20 Minutes To Boot Up After Reformatting HD

Post by Doctor Inferno on Sun Nov 29, 2009 1:31 pm

Hello,

One more thing, what format did you perform? Full format or quick format?


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Re: 20 Minutes To Boot Up After Reformatting HD

Post by Pokerking98 on Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:08 pm

Sorry to butt in real quick inferno....


Grog for future reference pressing R wont repair install your OS. It will bring you to the recovery console. Where you would do thing like copy boot files from a cd to your pc.

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Re: 20 Minutes To Boot Up After Reformatting HD

Post by abletec on Sun Nov 29, 2009 10:48 pm

Grog, when the computer starts, try tapping f8 until such time as u get a startup menu. At that point, try booting in2 safe mode, & let's see what happens. Does it still take 20 minutes?

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Re: 20 Minutes To Boot Up After Reformatting HD

Post by Grog on Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:32 am

Doctor Inferno: I did a full format on the HD.

Pokerking98: Thanks for the info, I didnt know that. I thought recovery console was a repair facility Sad tearing( I'm now wondering how or what is way to repair installations.

Abletec: I will try the F8 as you requested when I next start the PC up. I did try it initially and I think it came up with a long list of file names and numbers but then didnt do anything else. I will try again though.
Many thanks for your comments - much appreciated.

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