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Nov 21, 2009

My computer takes really long to boot up. probably about a minute or two trying to boot up, then when you get to the login screen and enter your password, the welcome screen is stuck for 20 seconds! After that, the computer is slowly loading...

What's the problem here? I reformatted the computer FIVE times, and it's still slow. I already ran hardware tests and everything passed. Also spoke to HP customer support. he took control of my computer... ran some tests etc... everything was good. If anyone has idea's as to what could be wrong, please do... I don't know what the hell I'm gonna do with this computer

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