Just got a problem with my computer. Suddenly, startup has become very slow. Better say that the POST screen hangs. It takes a good 20 seconds for the actual booting to start. But once it is on, there are no problems at all. It is then quite fast.
The problem began to occur when I uninstalled a trial version of Perfect Disk 12. Almost simultaneously I installed a new 1TB internal HDD. I then disconnected this drive, but the problem persisted, so I think the new drive couldnâ€™t be the cause. About Perfect Disk, I donâ€™t know. I took a look inside the registry, and found that boot time defragmentation is still enabled. It is a dual boot system with XP and Windows 7, and the problem is there either way you start up.The problem is actually before the computer boots, not afterwards.
There is one thing I noted. I f I start the computer for the first time (after a break of a couple of hours minimum), it starts up real fast. The problem is not there then. But if I turn it off and then turn on again within the next half hour or so, it starts to crawl.
Any ideas what is causing it? Thanks.