Slow booting of my HP Win XP Media Center
Posted on 2011-02-11
Hi I have HP media center m1825x (with reinstalled Windows XP Media Center instead of Vista). The system is installed on a new SSD 256GB Samsung drive. The system has been udpated with all Windows updates (SP3).
However when booting up my computer there is a short "hanging" period when computer starts (which is probably not related to Windows OS).
I have my booting order set up to 1.HDD then 2. CD. Even then at every start the CD-rom is spinning and flashing (and keeps doing that in the background in short intervals while system starts).
So I disabled the second group from booting (so there's actually olny one - SSD). However the CD ROM is still doing the same.
On my system there are 2 SATA hard drives - 1. 256GB SSD; 2. 1TB SATA (the SSD is set up in BIOS as first booting device).
Then there are 2 CD-ROM drives 1. CD/DVD combo, 2. Blue Ray DVD rom (both are on the same power cable, I can only see the first one flashing though).
How my computer boots up:
At the beginning there is that blue screen with HP logo. At the bottom (from left):
v5.09 Esc-Boot order F10-Setup F11-System Recovery
Then a black screen appears with these lines (I cannot read everything - it is only on for couple of seconds:
Serial ATA AHCI BIOS, Ver 1.01
Controller Bus # ...
Port-00: HD device
Port-01: another device
Port-02: I guess CD ROM and so on
This sequences briefly shows what devices are present in the computer.
After that the Windows XP screen apears (black, then blue) - this goes really fast (I suspect that this is due to the SSD drive).
What puzzles me is that delay when CD-ROM seems to be testing? itself or is looking for something..
Any thoughts on this? How to speed it up?