Why is my Computer Suddenly Taking Forever to Turn On?
This question was answered on August 22, 2007. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.
Most computers will slow down over time due to installation/uninstallation of programs, system services and general use without a regular cleaning or checkup But what if your boot-up time quadruples overnight? The most common source of radical boot-up problems are memory card readers
With the prevalence of digital cameras, it seems that almost everyone has a card reader attached to their computer (cameras plugged in to your computer are working exactly like standalone card readers), but these card readers don't do a very good job of letting Windows know if they actually contain a card or not Becuase of this, Windows can spend up to several minutes trying to figure out if there is a card installed or not, and significantly delay your computers boot time
For simplicity's sake, we recommend that you unplug any USB card readers (including digital cameras) from your computer before turning your computer off or rebooting Remembering this small step can save you hours of frustration later
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Posted by George of Data Doctors on August 22, 2007