I am working on a client's laptop (OS XP) that takes about 5 minutes to boot. But works fine once it has boot. I am trying to fix the slow boot issue.
RAM 3 Gigs (the task manager says 3.3 gigs?), lots of HDD space, deframentation ok.
I could not create a boot log and verbose didn't run either.
I uninstalled Avast and installed MSE. I checked what is programs are booting with Hijack this and it seems normal (in turns of number of programs booting, viruses, etc)
While I was working on the PC I noticed that it was trying but not able to some unknown partition.
The message read something like "unable to read" then it had something like /?/? and what looked like registry entry.
Upon further investigation:
1) There are 2 partitions. Starting from left to right a 71 MB Fat EISA healthy partition (no drive letter) and then the normal partition C NTFS 232GB NTFS partition. There is no service partition.
2) The Boot.ini reads "default=multi(0)Disk(0)Disk(0)partition(2)\Windows
I believe the pc is trying, first, to boot, from the unknown partition.
Shouldn't the C partition be furthest to the left?
I have partition magic.
3) The pc has a E: drive called SD Card O2Micro MMC that freezes when touch it and and keeps coming back even after I uninstall it with Safely remove hardware.
Thanks for your help