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2007-12-22, 18:39 #1
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Terribly slow boot up (XP Pro w/SP2)
I'm going to post this in the HARDWARE Forum also 'cause it could be an HARDWARE kinda problem also.
While working (Excel/Word whatever), we had a slight power failure. The house lights dimmed but didn't go out, the computer then froze and I hit the on/off switch (ctrl/alt/del did nothing). Since then it takes a very long time to get out of the Fatal1ty start-up screen and to get to the desktop: before this power failure I was on the desktop in way under a minute. Once running things seem to be fine. Its just the 4 to 8 minute start-up that worries me.
Things I've tried include:
- resetting the CMOS (pulled the battery and let it discharge overnight, thank you very much)
- updating the BIOS (flash bios from version 11 to version 17)
- switching the power inputs on the two SATA2 hard drives (both are identical 80 gig Western Digitals)
- disconnecting the CD & DVD drives
- defraged and scandisked (in Safe and Normal)
- deleted prefetch and allowed it to re-build
- had dinner and walked the dogs
Things I will do shortly:
- re-install XP Pro w/SP2
- get a UPS power back up
- hug the wife and kids
A little about the system: Purchased in Nov of 2007.
The light indicating drive is being accessed never stops blinking. During the boot up waiting 4-8 minutes its constantly on. After that it blinks like my Christmas lights (but they are supposed to constantly blink).
From the boot screen I get:
02/22/2007 RS6000 W627DHG 6A667A1AC-17
Flash ROM type SST-49LF080A/3.3V
Motherboard is a Abit Fatal1ty F-I90D 775
Processor: Pentium D 925 3.0GHz 800 MHz
RAM: 4 x 1GB DDR2 800 PC6400 Dual-Channel
Drives: 2 x SATA2 Drives
Video: nVidia GeForce 7200GS 128 MB
Noise: Soundblaster Audigy SE 7.1 24-Bit
Fun: DVD RWBurner and a CD / DVD Combo Drive
Make it go: 600 Watt power supply
2007-12-22, 18:54 #2
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Re: Terribly slow boot up (XP Pro w/SP2)
Since there is a reply to your identical question in the Hardware forum, I will lock this thread to avoid duplication and confusion.
Please post all replies in the thread starting at <post:=684,370>post 684,370</post:>.