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Slow booting windows XP

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I've installed XP on 3 of my machines with great success, but one of them takes a very long time booting, over a minute.  There is a long period as the "chaser light" scans across the screen that there is no disk activity at all.  It scans about 20 times, halts for ~5 seconds, and then scans at least 10 more times before booting.  After booting there are no noticable performance problems; it's just that delay at the beginning of booting.

This even happened the first time I booted the machine while installing.

Is there a known issue with certain chipsets, video cards, or other hardware?  This is all I can think.
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1) different hardware can take longer to detect.

I would suggest getting the latest drivers you can for all your hardware, including an updated BIOS.

In addition, Check the network setup - DHCP can take extra time as can mapped drives.

I hope this helps !

wormzer, Please provide more details about.
(1) Is it a clean installation or upgrade from previous Windows environment?
(2) The hardwares and peripherals.

Patricia / pslh

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Ok.  Clean NTFS installation.  It happened on a not-clean FAT32 and I then scrubbed and installed from scratch -- problem remained.

Installed on 28G WD EIDE drive.
Asus P3v133 moboard, latest BIOS (3/15/2000)
256Mb pc133 Non-Buffered, Non-ECC, Un-Registered, SDRAM
Cheap 2M PCI video
Cheap Firewire card

I haven't had a chance to swap out components so maybe I could try that.  I do use DHCP and mapped network drives, but these are the same elsewhere in my network without any trouble.

Also, this delay did happen on the very first reboot during install, possibly before the network was configured (?).  The firewire card is a possibility -- I might try pulling it.  Any other possibilities if that isn't it?  I've resorted to having my wife just "suspend" her computer, which isn't half bad anyways, now that she's got an operating system that doesn't need to be rebooted daily... :)
Firewire card may be the cause.

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Pulled both the firewire and sound cards and there's still the problem.  Down to just the NIC and video card installed.

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I actually solved this by finding the information elsewhere.  It was an issue with my VIA chipset and automatic hard drive detection.  As soon as I turned my unused IDE slots to be "disabled" the speed improved 100%.

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