Windows XP Boot Time Problem
Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:22 AM
Posted 22 May 2008 - 11:49 AM
2: In Device manager click IDE AtA/ATAPI controllers. Click on the (+) sign and right-click IDE Primary Channel. Choose to uninstall. Repeat with IDE Secondary Channel. Reboot the computer and let it reload the drivers.
Let us know what happens.
Posted 22 May 2008 - 12:31 PM
2: I'll try that now and reboot. I'll post when I'm back up, which hopefully won't be too long!
Posted 22 May 2008 - 12:43 PM
Posted 22 May 2008 - 02:43 PM
Posted 23 May 2008 - 12:04 PM
Boot the computer in Safe Mode and let us know if it's loading faster.
Download HDTune from the links below and run Benchmarking test. Let the test run fully and report average transfer rate.
You mentioned that you updated all you drivers. Did you do this before or after the installation of SP-2. Where did you load the updated drivers from.
I assume that you backed up and reinstalled your data. Did you scan it for malware? What Antivirus and what firewall are you using.
Posted 26 May 2008 - 09:18 AM
Posted 27 May 2008 - 02:26 AM
Download Memtest86 (or Microsoft memory diagnostic tool) from the list of links below. Follow the instructions and create a bootable CD. Boot with the new disk and run a test at least for an hour. If no error found run Seatools again and report the results.
Posted 27 May 2008 - 07:50 PM
Posted 28 May 2008 - 12:35 AM
Regarding hard disks: It's hard to believe the number of hard disks that are replaced unnecessarily. I strongly recommend that you run the memory tests (these are useful programs. You can keep them for future use). If however, you decide that the disk is no good you can either replace or try to save it.
In Seatool check if there is an option to zero all the bits on the disk. This will low-level format the disk, wiping all sectors, good and bad. Now move the disk to a computer with a working XP go to Control Panel > Computer Management > Disk Management and initialize disk. Run format to NTFS. Take the disk back to the other computer and fresh install windows.
Posted 28 May 2008 - 11:37 AM
Posted 28 May 2008 - 12:38 PM
Another option is to boot into DOS, if you have a DOS CD. Run FDISK and FRORMAT C: commands.
The third option is to replace the hard disk. Considering all the options this might be the simplest, if somewhat expensive solution. Had the computer been in a professional lab I would surely zero it. Considering your options, this may be too involved.
Posted 28 May 2008 - 08:23 PM
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