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How to troubleshoot slow xp boot times

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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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Check into the bios that the hard disk (which contains the OS) is the first boot device.

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Clean your temporary files with www.ccleaner.com
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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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HenrikBerglund, any feedback?

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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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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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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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