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How to troubleshoot slow xp boot times

Hi,

Most of the time my XP system boots quite slow and some of the time it boots really slow. It is an AMD X2 3800+,  ASUS motherboard system with 2 raid disks + one disk with the OS on. I did upgrade the BIOS a while ago to the latest production version.

Any ideas on how to troubleshoot what is going on during boot?


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firekoolCommented:
I would try what is called a Clean boot. Instructions on how to do this are given on the link below. You may have malware on your system.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353/en-us
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jvuzCommented:
Check into the bios that the hard disk (which contains the OS) is the first boot device.

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jvuzCommented:
Clean your temporary files with www.ccleaner.com
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firekoolCommented:
However when running CCleaner. Do not include the Memory Dumps or the Windows Log files as this will hinder any troubleshooting done in the future.

I would recommend running ATF Cleaner instead http://www.atribune.org/ccount/click.php?id=1. I find it does a better job and has less of a Risk of messing up your computer because it only focuses on the temporary files. And it cleans out your Prefetch which is really what we are concerned about CCleaner does not.
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saroshjmistryCommented:
Hello Henrik,
Before the BIOS upgrade would it be right to assume all was well? After that any new application installs?

Could you use   'Start' - 'run' - type 'msconfig' - 'startup'  and see if you recognise items there you could do without at startup? I'm sure you know yet, be aware there's stuff there you can't do without.
 
Here's a good read on what happens during System Booting, may help :
http://www.pcmech.com/article/tech-indepth-system-booting
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/BootVis-Download-3465.html

BootVis is a performance trace visualization tool for use with Windows XP systems. Customer research shows a frequently requested feature that users want from their PCs is fast system startup, whether from cold boot or when resuming from standby or hibernation.
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duckbertCommented:
You might find its more of a hardware issue.

If your bios has an option to turn on S.M.A.R.T monitoring (its almost always disabled) do it. This gives you warning if your HDD is about to die.

It will give you a warning when it starts up - not sure how this works with raid though.

Another thing woth a shot is going to start > run and typing in perfmon

Click on disk queue. if its over 5 you are probably looking at a HDD problem too.

Got enough ram? hit ctrl alt del - go to task manager - click on performance, if the available physical memory  is less than 50000 you could do with some more.

Got Norton? delete it. use the norton removal tool - http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2005033108162039

see how you go.

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markmemsCommented:
Start - Run - msconfig. Look at the Startup tab and uncheck all the vendor stuff you don't need. If you're not sure what it is, just Google it.
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saroshjmistryCommented:
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
HenrikBerglund, any feedback?
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HenrikBerglundAuthor Commented:
Sorry for being so slow guys, I really appreciate all the input!

im a bit swamped with work, but I tried some rebooting using various msconfig settings. With my original settings time was from 1-3 minutes, about 30 sec of that seems to be BIOS boot time.

When using clean boot and only MS services started, the time has been mostly about 1 minute, but today I had another occurance of 3 minutes cold boot, still with clean boot setup. So, unfortunately I havent been able to nail down exactly what the behaviour pattern actually is yet.

I have 2 Gb of RAM. SMART is on and I checked disk queue. Disks seems to be working fine. There is only one HDD setup as a boot device (1st boot device) so I assume thats right.

- I will try BootVis and see if that gives something
- I wont try ccleaner since I did that before and it messed up too many things. I may try the other cleaner suggested above, ATF cleaner,  above though.

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HenrikBerglundAuthor Commented:
Hi,

I have now tried ATF cleaner and also managed to get BootVis to optimise boot time. I have not been able to get BootVis to trace the boot though. It complains about something like "no physical drives in log" after the trace reebot and failed to show any data.

The quickest boot time has not improved much, but the boot time seems to be stable at about 60 seconds now. The time is split like this:

- About 10s before the BIOS beep sound.
- Another 20 seconds before the XP splash screen appears
- Another 30 s before login screen is shown.

Does this look reasonable? Ther Motherbad is an ASUS A8-N SLI with 2 Gb RAM and the CPU is AMD X2 3800+. I have one disk with the OS and another 2 in RAID for quick data access.




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HenrikBerglundAuthor Commented:
Hi,

This thread seems to be dead, so Ill close it and split the points for the suggestions I founds most interesting.

Thank you all for the effort!
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