Windows 98 taking _really_ long time at boot.
Posted on 2000-02-20
This issue has me really stumped. Here is the situation:
On one of my computers, I had a 98 install running on a PII 233 chip with an 440LX motherboard. I finally became tired of the speed of the processor and the limitations of the motherboard chipset, so I went out and bought a new mainboard and cpu. I purchased a Soyo VBA133+ board, a PPGA Celeron 400a chip and a Slotket adapter.
Everything installed fine and now the computer is up and running on a much faster system.
The problem here is, windows takes a LONG time to load at boot. When I mean long, I am talking like.... 7 minutes. It just sits there for 5 minutes, no HD activity, no network pings, no drives spinning up... nothing. After 6 or 7 minutes of just sitting there, the HD starts thrashing about again and windows loads. Then it runs like a perfect machine.
I have tried almost everything to fix this problem. I have changed the AGP setting, the apature size... almost every option I can think of in the BIOS.
I have deleted the windows folder and subsequent system files and then reinstalled w98.
I have used DEFRAG and then Norton Speeddisk (a great program btw), both of them do not effect the loading speed of windows... just the general i/o.
I have run a scandisk and a SFC, those are cool.
I have run an MSCONFIG and disabled everything that does not need to be loaded (i.e. rundll32 of the power profile), made sure that double space and drive space isn't loading. Cleaned out my registry.
I have checked my autoexec.bat and config.sys files for any errant driver loads or corrupt exe loads.
I have booted to dos and checked my mem /c /p for any rampant TSR's that might be hogging memory (even though 98 uses extended to load rather than conventinal).
The swap file has been changed from auto to manual then back to auto... all to no avail.
I have also scanned for viruses, nothing showed up.
The system specs are this:
Soyo VBA-133+ mobo running the VIA chipset. The FSB is clocked at 66/100 (from 133) and the slotket adapter is set the same. The FSB is running a 66 because the ram is PC66.
Intel Celeron 400a PPGA processor, not overclocked.
Creative Labs Ultra TNT 32mb AGP video card.
10/100 Kingston NIC
Diamond Monster 300 sound card
Internal 56k Modem
Adaptec SCCI controller card
USB Microsoft Digital Speakers
C: is a 3.2gb Seagate EIDE
D: is a 2.1gb Quantum EIDE
E: is a 40x CD-Rom Drive
F: is a 2gb Jaz drive (on the scsi)
ADSL modem connected to the 10/100
Help anyone? =)