Adding a second CDrom slows down computer startup.
Posted on 2002-06-24
I installed a new CDrom on a friends computer. It is a Compaq Presario 4660, 300mhz. It already has a CD-RW on it, so this one is the second CDrom.
I am running the new CDrom on the same cable as the hard drive. It is set as a slave and the hardrive (Quantum Bigfoot 8 gig) is set as the master.
After installing the CDrom and then turning on the computer, it takes about five or six minutes for the computer to boot up to windows 98SE. If I remove the cdrom, the computer boots up in about a minute.
During bootup I see the windows98 startup screen, but then it goes to a dos screen with a flashing cursor. That is where it sits for the rest of the bootup period until I get the desktop.
Although I'm sure I can live with this, does anyone know something that may be causing the slow boot?
Thanks for your help!