So I recently had my computer formatted at a shop, everything was working perfectly when I brought it home, it booted up normally. I went to microsofts site to update my windows XP, after the first update it made me restart, everything was fine, then I installed a pack of 14 files for the next update, it asked me to restart, I did, and THIS is where my problems began.
Suddenly on boot up, the first screen that loads says "Auto-detecting 3rd Master, Auto-detecting 3rd Slave". At this screen, it takes 5 minutes or so to get through it, and the only two options I have here are to press Del to open the setup which gives me access to the CMOS setup, among other things... Now in my CMOS setup, it says that nothing is detected on my primary and secondary, and that on my third, my IDE harddrive is detected as the master, and my cddrive is detected as the slave.
I've thought about this myself, and I'm 100% sure the cables in the tower are plugged in perfectly fine, absolutely NOTHING changed hardware wise when this happened, so it has to have something to do with the update, or something that changed internally.
The Master/Slave screen is also extremely LAGGY, in fact the entire boot up process is laggy... for example when I go into the whole setup area after pressing DEL, if I click the up or down arrow to choose a category to go to, it takes like 2 seconds for the system to actually respond to my arrow command, and everything is really laggy until it finally boots up.
Back to the story... after 5 minutes or so (if I just let the bootup run it's course), it gets passed the master/slave screen and goes to a black screen with a blinking white _ cursor, then after 30 seconds or so my computer starts to beep for about 10 more seconds, then I'm stuck at this screen for about 5 minutes, and then windows eventually loads up and works.
Any help would be appreciated with this, because I think it might be affecting my computers performance overall.
Edited by Asthuran, 18 December 2010 - 03:19 PM.