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Old 12-30-2008, 05:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,

I bought a toshiba laptop 1.5 years ago and currently its giving me a headache. It takes time for my boot screen to appear. I have to turn on my pc for 10 minutes and then have to turn it off. After these 10 minutes, when i start my pc again the boot screen appears and my pc works normally. What could be the reason for this? its too cold in my room as I usually keep Heating off when I am at work. But, i believe cold can't be a reason for this.

Is anyone experiencing the same problem? Please let me know if you know the solution to fix it.

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Old 12-30-2008, 05:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds too me like potentially your BIOS battery may be on the way out, depending on the internals of your laptop it can be a pretty easy thing to replace....... can be can sometimes be an absolute swine but you know have a look around for a technical image of your laptop and work out if you reckon you could do it if not i'd suggest get it booked in somewhere where they do laptop repairs (can be difficult to find places in Manchester, i work at a comp shop and could maybe suggest somewhere for you if you need)
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Recreate the MBR.
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What OS? Could be that you are infected as well. Could be the cold boot. But that really shouldnt cause it to take 10 minutes.
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What OS? Could be that you are infected as well. Could be the cold boot. But that really shouldnt cause it to take 10 minutes.

I am usuing Windows XP - service pack 3. I am sure that i am not infected. yes, it could be cold boot. What actually cold boot mean? Is that normal? Well i said 10 mins, but to be more clear, its actually in between 5-10minutes.
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How are you sure that you are not infected? Just want to clarify cause scanning with 1 or 2 programs like Symantec doesnt mean your clean.

Cold Boot means that the PC has been off and the parts have had time to reach room temp with no extra heat. So the PC is "Cold" when it boots. Cause it has been off for a period of time with no part having heat generated by it. Basically is what it means.

Have you tried a Restore Point or a repair install?
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How are you sure that you are not infected? Just want to clarify cause scanning with 1 or 2 programs like Symantec doesnt mean your clean.

Cold Boot means that the PC has been off and the parts have had time to reach room temp with no extra heat. So the PC is "Cold" when it boots. Cause it has been off for a period of time with no part having heat generated by it. Basically is what it means.

Have you tried a Restore Point or a repair install?
Yeah i know Symantect doesn't clean your pc overall. I am not talking of antiviruses. the problem is there since last 2 months. I think i have reinstalled my pc 10 times since then. Its still the same. Your concept regarding 'cold boot' seems right to me as the room is very cold. I turn on heating when i am back from home otherwise its freezing here.

MAy be that can be a reason. In my old house, i never had this problem as temperatur there was always good. Always warm and cosy. I think its cold boot only.

Many thanks for your explanation. I appreciate it.
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i dont see that the laoptop being cold would stop it from functioning. in the winter my room can get down to 60F and my pc always boots fine like this.
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i dont see that the laoptop being cold would stop it from functioning. in the winter my room can get down to 60F and my pc always boots fine like this.
So, what could be the reason for this? Is motherboard needs to be blamed? I think my PC is not that old to buy a new one and i don't wana upgrade it to buy something with Vista as i hate VISTA.....

Is the problem related to motherboard or fan??
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Could be that you have some faulty hardware. Have you done MemTest86, CPU stress tests and all that?
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