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Hi, I have an HP A1750Y Desktop. Specs are ASUS P5LP-LE MoBo, 2GB Ram, Pentium D 820 2.8 Ghz processor. I bought this computer with Windows Vista installed, and have been running it that way for the last few years. Boot-up has always been extremely slow, even from the day it was new, and it had gotten worse to the point that it would take about 15-20 minutes to boot. The Bios screen itself would be on for a long time, and then after the Vista Desktop would load, it would still be an additional 5 minutes until icons or the start bar would load.

After being generally fed-up with Vista, as the computer had many other software quirks, I decided to do a fresh install of XP Pro over the weekend.

To my surprise, the boot times were not improved at all! The computer itself works well and has good speed after finally booting up, but it takes about 15-20 minutes from power on, until you can use the OS. I did the install with a brand new HDD, so a HDD problem is not the culprit.

Does anyone have any clues what the issue may be? I wouldn't call myself a computer expert, but I'm not a dummy with computers either, and this problem has me baffled. Thanks!
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With Vista 2GB of ram is the minimum so might explain taking a long time to load but for XP it should not be a problem and the long time it takes at post might be a faulty CMOS battery or a weak PSU.

Other reason to take a long time to load might be your NIC card if your modem is plugged directly to you PC and not through a router it then seeks a network address at boot.

Also for the POST being long I would check the boot order and put your HDD first that might help.

Your new HDD is it Sata I or Sata II, Some SATA drives do have jumpers to change between 1.5gb/s and 3.0gb/s. It is needed as older sata 1.5gb/s motherboards won't recognize the 3.0gb/s so they have to be changed.

Some things to check, hope they help.
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To further this a little more please do the following:

Download Autoruns from the link in my signature below:
1: Extract the Autoruns Zip file contents to a folder.
2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".
3: Click on the "Everything" tab
4: Remove any entries that mention "File Not Found" by right-clicking the entry and select Delete.
5: Go to File then to Export As or Save in some versions.
6: Save AutoRuns.txt file to known location like your Desktop.
7: Attach to your next reply.

Download and install Free Everest Home Edition
Open it.
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.
Click the + by computer, click on Sensor. Get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and voltages...


Download Speedfan (The download link is to the right), and install it. Once it's installed, run the program and post here the information it shows.
The information I want you to post is the stuff that is circled in the example picture I have attached.
To make sure we are getting all the correct information it would help us if you were to attach a screenshot like the one below of your Speedfan results.

To do a screenshot please have click on your Print Screen on your keyboard.
  • It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key
  • Now go to Start and then to All Programs
  • Scroll to Accessories and then click on Paint
  • In the Empty White Area click and hold the CTRL key and then click the V
  • Go to the File option at the top and click on Save as
  • Save as file type JPEG and save it to your Desktop
  • Attach it to your next reply

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Right click on my computer...then properties..

Click on the ...Hardware tab then the ...Device Manager... click the + beside IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers ...right click on each Primary and Secondary IDE channel choose ...Properties... click...Advanced Settings..tab. and list what you find as the Current Transfer Mode for each device listed for each channel...
if any are in PIO mode...
EXAMPLE ..the Primary IDE channel shows its in PIO mode

Right click on the Primary IDE channel and choose ...Uninstall.......Accept the change...then reboot let Windows reinstall the channel and the devices assigned to it ...IMPORTANT.. then reboot again

Should the channel go back to the PIO setting again in the future it indicates a problem with your hard drive. You must keep your backups current ... I highly recommend keeping FREQUENT backups anyway...just in case your hard drive fails....

it also wouldn't hurt to run chkdsk /r
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If the computer is slow booting up but works well later, and that is after replacing the hard disk and clean installing windows, then the root of the problem is with one, or more, of the programs that load up. The first programs that I would suspect are antimalware and firewall. Click Start > Run and type msconfig. Open Startup menu and disable everything. Reboot and see if there is an improvement.
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