Dimension 8300 Very Slow Cold Boot
I have a two-year old Dimension 8300, P2.8, 1 GB RAM, 120G hard drive with 91 GB free space. I turn off my computer each night and turn it on in the morning. For the last month or so, the computer has a very slow cold boot time in the morning, from 10 to 20 minutes from the time I turn on the power button to get to my Desktop, but it seems to boot properly during the day if I turn it off and on again. Once it starts, the computer works normally, seems just as speedy as always, no grinding noises or evidence that the hard disk is failing.
I have done a Disk Cleanup and Defrag, used Ad-Aware and SpyBot, emptied all the temp files, checked the Startup files for any anomalies (none that I can see), downloaded new drivers for my sound and video cards, and have checked the Event Viewer for errors (always one saying "hpdj service could not be started," a reference, I buttume, to my HP printers). I use a cable modem with anti-virus and a firewall that are automatically updated, no viruses. I have downloaded and installed all of Microsoft's updates. Yesterday I installed Dell's Dell Support program and it finds no errors. I have searched the Internet until I am blue in the face and am not finding a solution.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to what can be causing this? Can anyone offer any help?
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