pc takes forever to boot.

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by heavenbound, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. heavenbound

    heavenbound Guest

    this for a pc and it takes 3 minutes or more to boot. here is
    the specs and what i tried to fix it.

    P3/850
    512mb ram
    10-15gb hard drive
    dvdrom only
    gf 256 video
    sb live sound card
    no nic
    19" monitor acer
    normal keyboard and mouse

    1: had router, cable modem, nic in the pc.
    2: install windows xp
    3: booted fine, under 2 minutes easy. set up and it worked ok.
    4: took out the nic cus it was mine and i needed it, but i had it there so
    he could get on broadband for downloading all MS window updates instead of
    over slow dial up modem.
    5: pc now takes 3 or more minutes to boot. just sits there at the windows xp
    logo screen with the scrolling left to right blue bar thingy. thinking maybe
    it was looking for a network, but not find one is why it took so long.
    6: put nic back in same problem.
    7: reinstalled windows xp with no nic or anything.
    8: still takes 3 minutes or so to boot and it should take less then 2 easy.
    what is odd is first time i installed win xp it was fine, then took out nic,
    not good. put back everything still slow boot time.

    what's going on here? not running any start up programs or processes. just a
    standard windows xp install.
     
    heavenbound, Jun 6, 2004
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  2. heavenbound

    The Prophecy Guest

    Does it seem to delay at one specific part of the boot up process (e.g. the
    Welcome screen) for a minute or 2? Or does it just seem to go consistently
    slow the whole time?
     
    The Prophecy, Jun 7, 2004
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  3. heavenbound

    heavenbound Guest

    you know the screen durring start up that has the windows logo and the bar
    is scrolling left to right with those little squares? that screen is just
    sitting there for 3 miutes or so and then finally loads the desktop. so i
    guess that's the boot screen
     
    heavenbound, Jun 7, 2004
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  4. heavenbound

    colin Guest

    For testing purposes; put your network-card back in and assign it a static
    ip-address, and then see if it makes any difference to the boot-time.
     
    colin, Jun 7, 2004
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  5. heavenbound

    Trent© Guest

    Yes...that is probably the reason.
    And the modem and router?
    Partitioned and formatted?...or just installed over what you had?
    You've got some network stuff still running.


    Have a nice week...

    Trent©

    Dyslexics of the world ... UNTIE !
     
    Trent©, Jun 7, 2004
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  6. heavenbound

    heavenbound Guest

    There is no network stuff running cus i told in my message i did a reformat
    reinstall with nothing in it. that is the last thing i did.
     
    heavenbound, Jun 7, 2004
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  7. heavenbound

    Wiz Guest

    Probably still looking for network. Remove everything networking.
     
    Wiz, Jun 7, 2004
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  8. heavenbound

    heavenbound Guest

    there is no networking. no nic, no nothing.
     
    heavenbound, Jun 7, 2004
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  9. heavenbound

    Trent© Guest

    You never said anything about a reformat...that's why I asked you.

    Have you done a defrag yet?

    If the defrag didn't/doesn't help, get a utility called

    bootvis 1.3.37.msi

    from the MSFT site...and run that.

    Good luck.


    Have a nice week...

    Trent©

    Dyslexics of the world ... UNTIE !
     
    Trent©, Jun 8, 2004
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  10. heavenbound

    heavenbound Guest

    what i did was put in windows xp cd, reformat and install windows xp. it
    takes 3 minutes to boot. why? no nic installed, no nothing. so a defrag wont
    do a thing since i just installed windows and it takes forever to boot.
     
    heavenbound, Jun 8, 2004
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  11. heavenbound

    The Prophecy Guest

    Somebody may have already suggested this.... put your network card back in
    and see if it takes 3 minutes to boot.....
     
    The Prophecy, Jun 8, 2004
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  12. heavenbound

    heavenbound Guest

    The problem here is i have already done that and it did take long time to
    boot.

    1: install windows with nic, router and cable modem. booted fine.
    2: took nic out and it take long time to boot.
    3: put nic in and still take long time to boot.
    4: took nic out, reformat and install windows xp with nothing there.
    still take long time to boot. so a fresh clean install with nothing there it
    takes forever to boot. i don't know why.
     
    heavenbound, Jun 8, 2004
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  13. heavenbound

    colin Guest


    Could this system perhaps have an in-built nic that you may have overlooked?
     
    colin, Jun 8, 2004
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  14. heavenbound

    nunu Guest

    hi,

    i have a feeling your harddrive is misbehaving!!!!

    try another drive

    good luck
     
    nunu, Jun 8, 2004
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  15. heavenbound

    heavenbound Guest

    nope, it has none onboard.
     
    heavenbound, Jun 9, 2004
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  16. heavenbound

    heavenbound Guest

    why do you think the drive might be weirding out?
     
    heavenbound, Jun 9, 2004
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  17. heavenbound

    The Prophecy Guest

    It's not. If the HD was bad, you would either: a. hear it because the drive
    would become very noisy, or b. Would not be able to boot at all. Or possibly
    both.
     
    The Prophecy, Jun 9, 2004
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  18. heavenbound

    Thor Guest

    possibly both

    nonsense. There are a variety of situations where the drive could have
    neither symptom you mentioned, yet could be going bad.
     
    Thor, Jun 9, 2004
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  19. heavenbound

    The Prophecy Guest

    Really? Then enlighten me...
     
    The Prophecy, Jun 9, 2004
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  20. heavenbound

    Thor Guest


    So you think drive failure symptoms are limited to noise, and bootup
    failure?

    1. bad sectors
    Bad sectors can appear anywhere on the data surfaces of the drive. They
    needn't be only in boot areas or even where critical system files reside,
    and therefore wouldn't necessarily cause slow bootup, or a non-bootup
    situation, yet they can be a sign of impending drive failure. Since they can
    be anywhere, they may lie undiscovered until something attempts to write or
    read data at that location. If the swapfile occupies a failing area of the
    drive, it can result in crashes.

    2. Logic board malfunction
    The drive's logic board can experience problems that may, or may not exhibit
    themselves exclusively as boot up problems. They could result in any number
    of the following issues.

    4. Excessive Spin-up time
    5. read error rates
    6. write error rates
    7. Seek error rates
    8. CRC error count

    just to name a few.

    Many of these are items that SMART monitoring is designed to check, and if
    they move out of spec, they can trigger a SMART alert that may indicate that
    the drive may be on it's way out. Often times, SMART predicts imminent drive
    failure, before any obvious symptoms (like the two you mentioned) even
    appear. This is predicted by looking at several other indicators of the
    drive's fitness, and performance that aren't necessarily obvious or
    noticeable to the user. So you can see that there are a number of things
    that can be out of whack that can indicate a failure or impending failure,
    yet no noise, or bootup failure has yet occurred. A harddrive can go "bad"
    without ever experiencing a boot failure, or excessive noise.
     
    Thor, Jun 9, 2004
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