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Old 05-15-2007, 08:42 PM
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Question iTunes takes forever to start up

When I click on iTunes to open up, it usually takes about 2 minutes to pop up after I click on it. Why does it take so long to load up? Is it just the amount of songs I have? Or is it my computer's slowness or something?

I only have about 1200 songs (5 GB) in my library and about 850 MB worth of videos. I have a Windows XP with 256MB RAM. My whole hard drive has about 15 GB of memory left.

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Ur library size is relatively small. 15 gig HD fine, so maybe is RAM. After iTunes comes up, how much physical ram do u have left? Task Manager -> Performance window. And what's the cpu speed? During this 2 mins, do u see the HD light constantly flashing?
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Ur library size is relatively small. 15 gig HD fine, so maybe is RAM. After iTunes comes up, how much physical ram do u have left? Task Manager -> Performance window. And what's the cpu speed? During this 2 mins, do u see the HD light constantly flashing?
Um, don't know how much physical ram is left, not sure what you mean by cpu speed, and I don't look at the HD light...
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You'll want at least 512MB of RAM for iTunes on XP.



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Um, don't know how much physical ram is left, not sure what you mean by cpu speed, and I don't look at the HD light...
Is that what u do when u go to the doctor? He ask you where does it hurt, u go uh-don't know, How long is this been going, u go I didn't notice.

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...I have a Windows XP with 256MB RAM
That's your problem right there.
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Interestingly to add to the reasons why iTunes can take forever to start up.

I notice that iTunes can scan your CD drives to detect media when you start iTunes up.
This day I had bad / duff media in the drive, and forgot to take it out.

The CD ROM drive light flashed and disc kept spinning longer than normal in an attempt to be read by iTunes.
It timed out after about a minute I guess, or I ejected the disc once I noticed what was going on. Thereafter iTunes kicked into life on screen.

So tip here is watch out for any bad/scratched media in your drive when you start iTunes as it tries to scan the drive to recognise the media, and can extend the startup time.



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So tip here is watch out for any bad/scratched media in your drive
Waste of time, he says he doesn't watch his drives.
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Is that what u do when u go to the doctor? He ask you where does it hurt, u go uh-don't know, How long is this been going, u go I didn't notice.

Yer a tough customer my friend!
wtf, I AM SORRY I am not a computer geek. geez...

I'm not an idiot.
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Waste of time, he says he doesn't watch his drives.
Sorry about the double post, but my tower sits down by my feet so I can't even easily see it when it's doing something. Therefore I forget to even look at it.

(wtf does "watch his drives" mean? Do normal people constantly watch their drives???)
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No but you were told how to find out some information and your response to it was juvenile. People don't sit watching their computers or the LED's that light up, but when trying to figure out what a problem is you can and should follow simple instructions from someone trying to help you.

You don't have to be computer savvy.




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Guys, this isn't rocket science. You're running Win XP with 256 Mb RAM. That's just shameful. Get more RAM and be done with it.
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No but you were told how to find out some information and your response to it was juvenile. People don't sit watching their computers or the LED's that light up, but when trying to figure out what a problem is you can and should follow simple instructions from someone trying to help you.

You don't have to be computer savvy.
I know that's easy, but he's asking me about all this info on CPU and RAM and I don't know where to find that stuff. So I say I don't know where it is and this guy mocks me like I'm an idiot.
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Old 12-24-2009, 04:45 PM
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hey guys, i have the same problem

i use to run windows vista (64-bit) where the problem was intermittent, now i have updated to windows 7 (32bit) and itunes is back to being ### @ start up. at least 1 min to start. 2G ram, 500GB hard drive with a 2.4GHz processor, everything else is quick as including start up and shut down of comp.

no scans are being done on start up of itunes and my comp task led doesn't flash between clicking on itunes and it opening, sorter like it hasn't responded to my command.

any advice will be appreciated
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Old 12-24-2009, 04:49 PM
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i know this thread is old but i was lazy getting to the problem
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