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01-12-2013

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T400 incredibly slow startup Windows 7

2013-01-13, 18:28 PM

Hello,

 

i ran into a problem that I am unable to solve myself as its cause is a mystery to me:

 

I had OEM Vista Ultimate installed on my T400, which worked fine, but ever since I installed Windows 7 today, the windows startup takes unusally long time, get stuck the "starting Windows" screen for about 10 minutes every time. Once it starts it runs OK without any hiccups or lags whatsoever.

 

I have no clue where the root of this problem can be, maybe this will give you an idea.

 

I had two T400 lying around, one had faulty headphone jack (stuck somehow, so the computer assumed the headphones are always connected, therefore I couldn't get any sound from the speakers. As the headphone jack is soldered to the motherboard, I needed to replace the whole mobo) and the other one had bad LCD. So I decided to use the functional components to build one fully functional T400 and sell the other one for parts.

 

So what I did was:

-swapped LCDs (good LCD+good mobo, bad LCD+bad mobo)

-swapped CPUs (because the one with faulty jack had 2,53Ghz - everything except the sound was alright! - whereas the other one had only 2,4Ghz)

-swapped HDDs (as the one with faulty jack was the computer I usually used, it had W7 installed, whereas the other had Vista)

 

I put them back together, and while the one with Vista booted up quicky as usual (although before, its mobo was used with a faster CPU and Windows 7), the one now with W7 took ages to start up, which has never happened before. I thought it might be because of the CPU (neither reseting BIOS, nor disconnecting CMOS battery helped), so I swapped the CPUs once again (-> back to their original mobos). The faulty machine with Vista still had no problem starting up, but it didn't help the machine running W7.

 

Here comes the mystery:

I swapped the HDDs too, so the only change to their orginal configuration was the display (swapped faulty 1280x800 TFT for good 1440x900 LED) and after that both of them were able to start up normally.

But once I erased the HDD with Vista on it, which was running fine in the machine where the W7 HDD took ages to start, and reloaded Windows 7 onto that HDD, the problems returned!!!

Now I have two T400s with Windows 7, but one of takes ages to start up.

 

For better image:

 

T400 No1, original config:T400 No2, original config:
Faulty MoboGood Mobo
Good 1440x900 screenFaulty 1280x800 screen
P8700 CPUP8600 CPU
4+2GB RAM1+1GB RAM
Intel GraphicsIntel Graphics
160GB HDD w/ Windows 7160GB HDD w/ Windows Vista
worksworks

 

T400 No1, current config:T400 No2, current config:
Faulty MoboGood Mobo
Faulty 1280x800 screenGood 1440x900 screen
P8700 CPUP8600 CPU
1+1GB RAM4+2GB RAM
Intel GraphicsIntel Graphics
160GB HDD w/ Windows 7160GB HDD w/ Windows 7, previously Vista
boots quicklytakes forever to boot, was OK with Vista

 

PLEASE, do you have any ideas how to make make the slow one usable again without going back to vista?

 

Any help will be much appreciated, thank you for your patience.

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01-29-2013

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Re: T400 incredibly slow startup Windows 7

2013-10-24, 8:21 AM

Hi everybody! Could you check the usb ports for bent pins? It seems odd, I know, but it might be that simple...


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Re: T400 incredibly slow startup Windows 7

2013-01-13, 21:19 PM

double check the hardware.

- memory diagnostic (you need a match pair for DDR2 for function properly otherwise it slows down)

- test the CPU speed (CPUZ will reveal details) Windows Properties basic info)

- was Win 7 32bit a clean install? make sure the right drivers are loaded and are SATA etc

 

You can also do a hard drive speed test CrystalDiskMark all after basic diagnostics.

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Re: T400 incredibly slow startup Windows 7

2013-01-29, 8:58 AM

I have the exact same problem after upgrading from Vista 32 to Win 7 64 - my T400 now takes in excess of 10 minutes to start up, after the long start-up it works perfectly.

 

These are the steps I have taken:

 

Swapped HDD for a SSD - no difference.

Changed RAM and tried various configurations - no difference.

Complete clean install from Win 7 CD's - no difference.

Complete clean install from Lenovo recovery disks - no difference.

Updated BIOS - no difference.

Downgraded BIOS - no difference.

Turned everything off in the BIOS and turned back on, one by one - no difference.

Run Lenovo ThinkVantage tool - no difference.

Updated drivers for Video - no difference.

Removed ATI Catalyst - no difference. 

 

I am at my wits end - can anyone please advise if they have had any success at resolving this issue - I can find hundreds of posts on the topic but not one genuine resolution.

 

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Re: T400 incredibly slow startup Windows 7

2013-10-24, 6:37 AM

I have the same problem. Lenovo does not give a solution. I don't know how to solve this problem. I had this problem for over 2 years. I love my T400. The keyboard is amazing. This problem seems without a solution.

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Re: T400 incredibly slow startup Windows 7

2013-10-24, 8:21 AM

Hi everybody! Could you check the usb ports for bent pins? It seems odd, I know, but it might be that simple...


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Re: T400 incredibly slow startup Windows 7

2013-10-24, 10:18 AM

Try disabling Security Chip in BIOS... Worked for us.

 

/Bjarke

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Re: T400 incredibly slow startup Windows 7

2013-10-24, 12:47 PM

wrote:

Try disabling Security Chip in BIOS... Worked for us.

 

/Bjarke


Great idea Bjarke!

 

Also disable the Wake On LAN function in BIOS and the Ethernet LAN Option ROM.

 

Apply the changes one by one, rebooting after each change to locate the guilty part.


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Re: T400 incredibly slow startup Windows 7

2013-11-08, 2:07 AM

I was encountering a similar problem with unreasonably long boot times on a T400 with Windows 7 Professional after swapping a hard drive for a SSD.

 

Tried all of the suggestions in this thread and finally found the ironic culprit (for my system, anyway): RapidBoot

 

After uninstalling RapidBoot my boot time is significantly shorter.

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Re: T400 incredibly slow startup Windows 7

2014-01-23, 15:30 PM
YES! That's what it was - I had one of the pins bent so it touches the aluminium 'wall'. I straightened it up and now - voilà - my T400 boots like it used to. Thanks a lot!
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Re: T400 incredibly slow startup Windows 7

2014-03-14, 14:36 PM

I am having a similar issue: My T410s takes a long time to boot up, but only after it has been sitting powered off/hibrinating for a long time (like overnight). It will boot quickly on a restart, or after being off for a few hours. 

 

Here are the basics of my system:

  • Windoes 7 Pro, 64 bit,
  • bios 6uet70ww (1.50) 10/11/2012,
  • SSD
  • Intel i5

Here is what I have tried to resolve the issue:

  • system restore
  • bios update
  • intel update (for graphics, chipset, wireless)
  • bios settings as suggusted above: disabled security chip, wake on lan, and ethernet lan option rom
  • RapidBoot is not installed (I don't see it in add/remove programs)
  • I don't see any bent USB pins

Any other suggestions? Thanks

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