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Thread: XP Pro, Norton, and Bootup Times




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    Here is something I noticed about Norton, I have a DVD Drive and a Burner on the same IDE cable, and one of them is DMA Mode 1 capable, and the other is DMA Mode 2 capable, and my Norton only hangs with the exclaimation point when these drives are plugged in. I often have other drives hooked up instead, and Norton is ready instantly when the DMA Mode conflict isn't there.
    "In their capacity as a tool, computers will be but a ripple on the surface of our culture. In their capacity as intellectual challenge, they are without precedent in the cultural history of mankind." - Edsger Dijkstra

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    I do have my wireless ethernet card plugged in at all times. I'll try booting up with it out. If that's the reason Norton hangs, how can it be stopped? I'm assuming Norton is trying to scan the hardware. There must be a way to stop it....

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    Yep, it's my wireless pc card that is causing Norton to be slow. It booted up in 35 seconds when I removed the card. Now the question is "why?", and "how do I stop it."

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    I had a similar problem with Norton. Try a simple test of changing your system date to any date before 6 January 2004 i.e. simply change the year back one year

    If after a date change your system boots up real quick then the problem is one of a certificate revocation list (CRL) problem identified by Norton that affects machines after January the 7th.

    Refer to the Norton site for the thread called:

    After January 7th, 2004, your computer slows down

    Hope this helps

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    If you really wanted to fix the boot problem you could go into services.msc and set DefWatch and Symantec Antivirus Client to Manual, and go into msconfig and uncheck vptray.exe. But you would have to manually start them to start Symantec. If your not actively downloading from say, a peer-to-peer or filesharing network regularly, then you will find a general performance boost but particularly in startup time. If that's the case and your into gaming, doing this might actually be a good idea. There's noticeable improvements in games. Of course it doesn't matter if you play practically anything but shooters.
    In any case, it seems from my experience (been using Symantec AV corp for about a year and a half), that a lot of things can cause this slowdown to occur. I just ignore. The exlamation point or red x being there is pretty normal too, overall this isn't anything to be worried about.

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