02-24-2013 10:44 AM
New T530 with SSD takes minutes to boot to useable state:
Desktop comes up fast, but continuous hard drive activity for two minutes on bootup, and screen is locked up (can't start anything).
Every so often while I'm in a program the pointer goes into the rotating circle mode, also, so it appears something is popping in there.
Any thoughts on why this is happening and what I can do to get the same fast boot time as my T500 with an SSD?
I've gotten the most recent updates from Lenovo and Microsoft (including latest BIOS update, which didn't help).
Ran MalwareBytes and CCleaner, which don't show anything bad.
Very disappointed so far.
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02-24-2013 04:01 PM
02-25-2013 02:35 PM
Thanks for the response.
Unfortunately, I can't even bring up Task Manager; everything locks up.
Today, it took almost 5 mintues of steady hard drive activity before screens started popping up (task manager, internet explorer, my email program), and they all popped up at once.
Not using a domain controller.
Once things activate, I can bring up task manager, but nothing seems out of the ordinary there useage-wise. No heavy hitters.
I was wondering if, on bootup, the hard drive is going into a cleanup mode, but that doesn't seem like it would prevent programs from running.
Any other thoughts? I've got a T61 and a T500 with no issues. Was really surprised at the problem with this one. I went the SSD route for faster bootup, and this long wait has me perplexed.
02-26-2013 07:41 AM
03-03-2013 11:48 AM
Sorry for the delayed response.
No, it doesn't hang like it does in a straight boot.
I first tried safe mode only, and it -strangely- hung on restart (lots of hard drive activity for about 20 seconds), then restarted.
I then tried safe mode with networking; no problems and good internet.
This response is from the first restart in normal mode. Every so often I get the "busy" pointer for a second or two, and intermittent hard drive activity, but not the constant hard drive light and no hang.
Wait a minute: I've now got steady hard drive light (it's been going for a couple minutes). Doesn't seem to be locking things up... I'l try starting another program...
Welll... there was a slight pause as I tried to start an email program, and things locked up for about a minute, then the email started and this screen came back with no typing lost (whew). I shut down email without getting mail and came back to this. It doesn't seem to be program-specific; I've tried other programs with the same hand-before-start, then they al come up.
I must say, the hang time was much less during this episode, and started later in the "On" cycle.
Still occasioanl hard drive activity (every 1/2 to 2 seconds the light comes on).
Still frustrating, as this machine is a replacement for my wife, and I don't want to give her a "problem".
Thanks for your help!
03-03-2013 02:20 PM
03-04-2013 10:06 AM
After a few quick contacts to Lenovo Support and running a few diagnostics, it turns out to be a bad SSD.
Lenovo is sending out a replacement hard drive.
Thanks for the help!