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The joys of formatting
« on: May 11, 2011, 12:13:46 PM »
Backing up everything I have on my laptop to my external because I think I need to format my system.  I hate the hassle of backing everything up, and then trying to get everything back the way you like it after the format is done.  Pain in the ass.  Oh well.  Needs to be done.

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2011, 12:26:24 PM »
Why do you think you need to format?

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2011, 01:09:04 PM »
Been running slow as can be lately, and has a lengthy start up time.  Went from roughly 30 seconds to about 5 minutes.  System isn't even a year old. 

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2011, 01:14:10 PM »
Too much CP gotta wipe the evidence :lol:
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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2011, 01:23:59 PM »
Five minutes? Holy christ. What do you have installed on that shit? How long does it take to actually get into Windows? Or is that what takes five minutes?

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2011, 02:26:04 PM »
My desktop taking 30seconds is to long. You might just need to go in and make so not everything boots upon startup and only boots when you need to use it. That could be why its running slow, to many things running at once.

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2011, 02:51:51 PM »
Five minutes? Holy christ. What do you have installed on that shit? How long does it take to actually get into Windows? Or is that what takes five minutes?

Windows loads up pretty quick.  maybe a minute, but after I log into my desktop, it literally takes minutes before I can even access something simple like Firefox. 

EDIT:

Disabled everything I could, restarted.  Double clicked Mozilla within the first minute of logging in, took 5 minutes before it actually opened. 

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http://anti-rice.com/smf/index.php?topic=3819.0

My CPU usage never went above 40% on startup, and RAM never passed 1.5 GB (4GB in system)
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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2011, 03:07:30 PM »
Sounds like you've got loads of processes starting up when Windows loads. Go to Run > 'msconfig'. Click the 'Startup' tab and turn off all the shit you don't need. Most anything to do with Adobe can be turned off, same with Office unless you have something like Outlook starting up with Windows. You can't do any damage by disabling startup elements. You might just find that you turned off something you used to want at startup and you can just turn it back on.

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2011, 03:25:39 PM »
I looked at the startup list before, but it didn't seem like there was much.  Will take a look again.

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2011, 03:17:38 AM »
I hate the hassle of backing everything up, and then trying to get everything back the way you like it after the format is done.  Pain in the ass.  Oh well.  Needs to be done.

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2011, 08:56:30 AM »
Driver discs. :lol:

Windows 7 has made reformatting so much easier with all of the built-in drivers. It even has video drivers that work great until you're able to download drivers straight from nVidia or ATI.

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2011, 10:55:47 AM »
Driver discs. :lol:

Windows 7 has made reformatting so much easier with all of the built-in drivers. It even has video drivers that work great until you're able to download drivers straight from nVidia or ATI.

Seriously. When I reformatted my wife's PC with her Windows XP license I hit a wall when it asked for a network card driver. What the fuck??

Guess I'm spoiled these days.

So yeah, she's getting Windows 7 soon.

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2011, 11:31:32 AM »
Driver discs. :lol:

Windows 7 has made reformatting so much easier with all of the built-in drivers. It even has video drivers that work great until you're able to download drivers straight from nVidia or ATI.

Yep. Just reformatted my computer last month with Win7.  Booted up and nearly everything worked perfectly on its own. Such an incredibly simple process nowadays.

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2011, 11:50:11 AM »
If you don't have a lot of stuff loading up at start-up yet booting still takes forever, have you checked the hard drive?  You may have a failing drive.  I don't know how old your drive is, but see if you can find some software that can read the drive's SMART status. 

On my last laptop, right before the drive went to drive hell, OS X started taking longer and longer to boot up.  Now, Windows, Os X ain't, but the principle is the same.

Also thumbs up to Microsoft for Windows 7.  I disliked Windows (more of a UNIX/Linux fan), until Win 7.  I did a native install of 7 Ultimate 64 on my MBP and I can actually tolerate Windows now.  The GUI doesn't fell as "clunky" as the previous versions. 

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Re: The joys of formatting
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2011, 04:07:46 AM »
Driver discs. :lol:

Windows 7 has made reformatting so much easier with all of the built-in drivers. It even has video drivers that work great until you're able to download drivers straight from nVidia or ATI.

Well, I kinda only had XP and stupidly slow internet, it took FOREVER to download all the drivers I needed. Might upgrade to 7 when I can afford to buy it, but right now, it's working, so I'm not gonna touch it ;)  ;D
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