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    2 Star Lounger
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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

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    Plutonium Lounger
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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:>.

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