Sometimes when I start my machine up it takes for ever (longer than normal around 7 mins) and once it loads up it loads the task bar half on half off the screen then it takes another 4 mins to loads all my programs (normally only takes about 1 min). After this the machine works as normal bar from when I open any window or program it isnt displayed on the taskbar as normal. When I shutdown the system and restart it, it works fine. Why does it do this? Is there anything I can do to fix this?
I am running XP Pro SP2 on a IBM T23 laptop 855mhz with 256mb Ram
It may be a sign that the hard drive is beginning to fail (or even something else, like memory). When all is warm it works OK - when cold it takes a long time to get going.
Get the diagnostic software for your hard drive from the manufacturers site - you can load it onto a floppy, and start up the sytem from the floppy and run the tests. This will tell you if you have such a problem or not.
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