Has anyone had this same problem with this model? Notebook has XP Pro, 40GB HD, 512K Ram, AMD 1.6 MHZ.
The HD test in "SetUp" fails, returning # 07, (no description what that failure means) I ran chkdsk /f and a few things were automatically repaired, again with no explanation of what was repaired. I downloaded HDTune and tested the HD, it passes all the tests fine. Except for the HD test (which was going to take an inordinate length of time), this machine passes all tests on HP's online "System Health Check" proceedure. (I have phone modem internet, so that HD check is out of question. It is suppose to take 3 hours even on hi-speed internet). Windows XP System Tools states the HD does not need to be defragged (it has been done somewhat recently).
Machine passes all virus scans for Norton Antivirus and Panda Antivirus. I have used msconfig and have disabled all start up items, and all non-windows service items. It doesnt help a bit. The machine takes about 5 minutes to boot up even in the safe mode.
Other observations: There are no errors during loading process. Windows works fine, although it can often be slow when clicking control panel, as well as any and all other areas accessed. The machine acts the same whether cold or warm, it does not seem to be a temperature related problem.
Phoenix Bios program is very stripped down in SetUp, very little that can be changed. I have tried the default settings.
During POST, the lights for drive activity flash as supposed to early on, but it seems as if the boot record is confused, as it takes 5 to 7 minutes before Windows even starts to load. When the OS does start to load, I've counted the blue bars sweeping across the bottom of the "Starting Windows XP" screen. For "Normal" Windows start up, I have counted as many as 104 sweeps before it advances past that screen. The routine seems to take about 7 minutes for POST, mem check, bios routine, etc, before beginning to load the OS, and another 7 and more to load the OS and be ready to work. One time after making configuration changes, the machine took 34 minutes to be ready to work.
Because I have already spent considerable time browsing and trying all the standard "msconfig" and "virii / Adware / Spy" checks" "bootvis.exe" "HDTune.exe" "RegMech" type tests recommended in other postings on the exchange here and so far none has been my solution, I consider it a difficult question worth 250 points.
If your answer is "Duh!... the setup routine says the HD failed, so replace it", please provide some explanation of exactly *why* you feel the hard drive is bad, it would be much appreciated. Keep in mind that it always does boot, and works fine, no errors. The problem is both "slow boot up", and "sometimes slow Windows apps with mouse click". The $150 gamble for a Seagate ST94019A will be more palatable if I have some better idea on what specifically is causing this problem. I havent ruled out a soft fault on the hard drive, such as the master boot record, and would like to feel confidant that a hard drive purchase is really necessary. Does anyone know specifically what the "soft faults" are that perhaps could be repaired by the Set-Up HD check utility? I hope to not have to do a reformat and reload of HD.
Thanks for any ideas.