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Extended Delay on Boot Up Before Windows Loads


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Hello,

Glad to find this nice community! :tazz:

Issue: When booting the computer - after the Bios screen, there is an extended delay of about ~30 seconds before windows starts to load. It starts with the Bios/Motherboard name and then the screen goes blank for about 30 seconds (sometimes there is a flashing prompt). Nothing else is happening during this period (no blinking LED lights showing activity); then Windows starts loading.

I had this issue since I build the computer, but I cannot figure out what may be causing the blank 30 seconds period. I tried removing all PCI add-ons and CD drives and just letting it boot with a graphics card and the hard drive and that was no help.

My Setup:
- Soyo DRAGON 2 v1.0 Motherboard
- P4 3 GHz HT Processor.
2 x 512MB Dual Channel Memory – Corsair PC3200 DDR
nVidia GeForce FX 5200
WD 80 GB Hard Drive
1 DVD RW and 1 CD RW drive
WinXP Pro

My BIOS:
Manufacturer : American Megatrends Inc.
Date : 09 October 2004

-Thanks

Edited by DOS4, 19 July 2005 - 01:21 PM.

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Is this a change from when you got it, or is this a new build? This isn't an uncommon occurence with XP.
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well, oddly, your bios date does not match any on the soyo site....it has bios updates dates

2004-12-29 (odd same day...bad bios got out the door?)
2004-12-29
2004-09-17
2004-08-17

What can you tell me about your harddrive....it is setup as a single partition drive?

I ask because it sounds like it is stalling at the as bios transfers to the masterbootrecord, or from the code in the master boot record transfers control to the boot partition's boot sector....all of which normally occurs very quickly.

This tends to point toward a poorly partitioned/formatted disk.

So, what is the nature of this disk? How was it partitioned?
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Thanks for the reply.

Regarding the bios, soyo does not often include everything on their site nor does it update it often.

As for the hard drive. It has one primary partition for C: and has one logical partition for D: drive (a 500MB partition). I did the partition upon installing WinXP. If you think it will help, i can delete the D: (logical) parition and add the disk space to C.

I also tried booting in to the recovery consol from the CD and do chkdsk /r. It did not find any problems.

Is this a change from when you got it, or is this a new build?

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It was like that since I built it. In my case, when it is blank, it is not doing anything at all.

Edited by DOS4, 19 July 2005 - 03:21 PM.

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you know, before we try something, let's take a deeper look

start > run
mscofnig
enter

go to the boot.ini tab
check /bootlog
Click OK

reboot.


Now go to c:\windows and find

Ntbtlog.txt


attach it to your next post
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It was like that since I built it. In my case, when it is blank, it is not doing anything at all.

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You might want to check in your BIOS and see if it's showing the whole boot sequence. Many BIOS systems allow you to hide part or all of the POST and boot sequence.

Edited by Tyger, 19 July 2005 - 04:12 PM.

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gerryf,
See attachment.

Tyger,
I have Quick Boot Enabled - which does not do additional tests - to speed up the boot process. I did not find anything else that may hide the bios POST info.

Attached Files


Edited by DOS4, 19 July 2005 - 04:49 PM.

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hmmm, usb keyboard?
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Yep.
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ok, that explains a couple of drivers I saw not loading....other than that, nothing leaps out

well, ick....I have a couple of suggestions, but on occasion it can hose a system. Is everything backed up?
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Doing a fresh bankup as I type this.
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Ok. Done with doing latest back up and ready for the suggestions.
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before we try that, let's try this:

download bootvis

http://www.majorgeek...oad.php?det=664

install it, then go to TRACE > BOOT AND DRIVER DELAYS

reboot....let it do it's thing

after it reboots, go to TRACE > optimize

reboot...does that improve things?
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Unfortunately, this still did not seem to help. I appreciate for taking your time to make the above suggestions.
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okay, boot with your windows disk

windows start up will begin, choose R to repair windows using recovery console

when you reach the c:\documents and settings\{user profile}


prompt,

type

MAP arc
<enter>
write down the results

then type
fixboot
<enter>

this will rewrite the boot sector of the system partition

remove cd

reboot....fix?


If not, post the results of the MAP arc command


If not,
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