I replaced a hard drive that was going bad. The computer used to boot in less than 5 seconds (between the time the BIOS screen was up and when the Windows Logo came up). Now it takes between 45 - 120 seconds! It just sits there- the hard drive doesn't sound like its 'thinking' but I'm fairly sure it does spin up normally.
Here are the stats (as I remember them):
HP Pavilion (w/ built-in everything)
P III - 600
Windows 98SE - which I will be replacing with Windows 2000 next week
Previous HDD: 6GB
New HDD: 40GB
Like I said, I will be replacing win98se with win2k next week, so I'd like to be able to fix this problem at the same time. This is on a 'production' machine. It's critical that it is working well (which is why I'm taking win98se out of it).
I've gone through the BIOS and tried nearly every setting. I would LOVE to replace the HDD if I knew that that would fix it- but I doubt that is the problem.
Let me know if you need additional information.
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