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Taking long time to open Toshiba laptop.

Hi,
My Toshiba laptop is taking so long time to open. It takes about 15-20 mins to show the splash screen(Screen (logo screen of toshiba) which should show imediately after pressing the power button).
After showing the splash screen booting os is normal.
I have Windows vista home edition.  I suspect some problmes are on the motherboard.
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fayr_matCommented:
Based on your description I think it might be worth upgrading the BIOS as a starting point. If you know how to do this, then download the correct BIOS from the Toshiba website.
Otherwise I would recommend getting a professional to do it, as BIOS upgrades can be tricky.
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nobusCommented:
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nobusCommented:
also, test ram and disk to be sure about your basics, ubcd contains them :  http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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asiduCommented:
Check your RAM first. If you have two strips of RAM a and b
remove strip  a  and see if the startup is OK.
Then remove strip b and use strip a repeat test.

If you can get a similar RAM, try replacing the RAM and test.

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nobusCommented:
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bedanandAuthor Commented:
I tried switching rams.
Tested memory.

Still the same issue?

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nobusCommented:
no errors on the ram ?
did you test the disk too ?
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asiduCommented:
Check you hard as suggested by nobus. Assuming your harddisk is OK.
Chances are that some spyware is causing the problem
You could run  antivirus and anti malware program.
You can get spybot which is good for a start from
http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

Defrag if necessary !
If your harddisk is about 3 to 4 years old back up the data to be
on the safe side.
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bedanandAuthor Commented:
I tested ram for about 2 hours. no errors reported on ram.  updated the BIOS as well from the toshiba site.
Checked the disk with Tuneup utilities. No errors detected.

The only problem with the laptop is it takes time (about 10-20 mins) to show the spalsh screen( the screen which lets to choose the boot option, bios setup option).





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nobusCommented:
you never answered my question : "how much ram, and what cpu do you have?
"
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bedanandAuthor Commented:
1024 MB ram (2 slots each of 512MB)
CPU: Intel Centrino duo
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fayr_matCommented:
How old is the laptop?
I recommend getting online to the Toshiba website and get the latest BIOS for your specific hardware model and install that.
This may or may not fix the issue. Based on your description it sounds like the issue is occuring where the BIOS is attempting to find the hard disk, and that is taking a long time.
It's either the BIOS or you are looking at the laptop motherboard.
And my experience with laptops is that once the motherboard starts to act up, then you are on your last legs.

Good luck.
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bedanandAuthor Commented:
Laptop is just about 1 years old.
I already download the latest BIOS from the toshiba website and installed it.
Still the same problem.


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asiduCommented:
Disconnect the HD, CDROM and test  if the problem persists.
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nobusCommented:
well, in my opinion, you could use another 1 Gb of ram.
vista runs very slow with less than 2 Gb.
maybe better to onstall 2x 1 GB stick.
starting windows however should not take longer with your config than 4 minutes.
you can also run msconfig, and disable all startup items (you can enable them later) for a test
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bedanandAuthor Commented:
But My problem is not  with booting windows.
It takes time to show the spalsh screen. BIOS screen.

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nobusCommented:
excuse me - i understood it wrong.
in that case :
-verify if there is any warranty left, and ask for repair /replacement
-verify all devices are shown correct in bios
-reset the bios to default
-update bios
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bedanandAuthor Commented:
-verify all devices are shown correct in bios - Done . all are shown fine.
-reset the bios to default - done
-update bios - done

Nothing improvement.

Now i only have option to go to repair center.

Since i m in a country where there is no any official service center for Toshiba.  I bought from Dubai. and i m in Nepal . only have option to let local repair center do whatever they can.


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nobusCommented:
sorry i can't help better...
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bedanandAuthor Commented:
i checked with my local hardware technicians. They say there is a problem with Green chips.  i dont understand what is green chip.
They can repair the chip. Need to chane the motherboard.
I think now my laptop is going on dustbin. ;)
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bedanandAuthor Commented:
sorry some typing error on previous post.

"They can repair the chip. Need to chane the motherboard. "
They cant repair the chip. Need to change the motherboard.
 
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nobusCommented:
well - i never heard of green chips either...
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nobusCommented:
and no warranty ?  then  it's up to you
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