bitch ass laptop!*#!

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  1. redwingg91

    redwingg91 Guest

    just got a new laptop, ordered with no OS.it came with an 80gb hard drive and installing XP was a bitch.it had problems, so i reformatted it.

    with nothing installed, it takes literally about 15-20 mintues to start up and load XP.installing the various drivers takes forever too.

    anybody know why everything is taking so long?

    my guess is there maybe damage to the hard drive... :dunno:
     
  2. Tosh

    Tosh Active Member

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    Laptop type?
    Specs?

    regardless, sounds like issues... my startup is 20 secs on my laptop and 14 secs on my PC.
     
  3. Scoob_13

    Scoob_13 Anything is possible, but the odds are astronomica

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    It often takes a while to do a fresh install of XP, especially considering:

    1) Laptop hard drives often operate at slower speeds as well as without as much caching as normal hard drives - thus slower read and write speeds, which is what installing is all about

    2) Small amounts of ram - gonna be slower in general

    3) Less airflow, thus more heat, thus slower operation

    4) Be patient, you're setting up a computer so it's going to take some time to get everything right.

    Now, all of these apply if when you say "takes 20 minutes blah blah blah" means that it takes 20 minutes for XP to install itself - if you mean that it takes 20 minutes for a cold boot, then that's a definite issue. I'd call the vendor and explain the situation.
     
  4. EkriirkE

    EkriirkE Zika Xenu OT Supporter

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    Microsoft.
    A windows installation is an all-day project.
     
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  5. Tosh

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    Probably the disk is a proprietary "version" containing other things not normally on windows. A true windows disk would reinstall and boot faster IMO.
     
  6. Mark

    Mark Diesel Junkie

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    problem: YOU ARE INSTALLING WINBLOWS!!!!! get Debian Linux
     
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    I swear you people that take 8 hours to install a fresh copy of XP are doing somtheing very wrong. I can do it on my slows ass P3 600 MHz laptop in about 40 minutes from the time I restart my machine with the XP disc in it till the time I reboot into my new install.
     
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    :werd: An install of XP should take 2 hours MAX.
     
  9. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Installing Debian on a laptop will take about 100 times as long as installing XP should. I'm a full-time Linux user and generally promote Linux, but this guy's problem isn't a Microsoft one.

    And to whoever said that a Windows install is an all-day project, that's just not true. I can do a full install of 98 complete with software in only a couple hours, and on an old Celeron at that (I've done this more times than I care to count at work).
     

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