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Paul Shiver
Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2001 - 4:12 pm:   

Hello, I am new to this forum and am finding alot of the info here to be very useful in my neverending quest for a stable system. I have recently built my first 2 systems. The problem I am encountering is when I boot the computer. Seems like it is taking forever to get fully booted, it goes to memory test, the device listing, the windows splash screen, then back to the device listing screen where it sits for almost a full minute before finally going into windows. I am thinking that it is either my network card slowing the process, or my IRQ's need to be changed around a bit.


Asus Tusl2-c mobo
PIII 800EB 133 FSB
Western Digital 30 GB, 7200 rpm
Western Digital 10 GB, 7200 rpm
HP Cd-Writer
Yamaha soundcard
GeForce 2 MX 400 Video Card
US Robotics 56K Modem
Linksys network card

Also these system will not work 3dfx Voodoo 3 cards for some reason. Anyone have any input? Thanks!
V (Vera)
Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2001 - 2:08 pm:   

some ideas

enabling DMA in bios (if your harddrives support it)can improve boot performance

On systems with CD-ROM boot order set as first on normal boot, if a disc is in the tray, the CD-ROM must be spun up to determine whether the CD in the tray is bootable. This can delay boot by several seconds. check the boot order of your setup. set to c: it won't look for a bootable floppy, or a:,c:

if you have programs automatically loading in your start up folder this will add to your boot time

go to "run" type in msconfig and press enter, check in the startup tab to see all the programs that are running . uncheck whatever you think is really not necassary (explorer is needed)

the more devices that the pc is looking for and drivers that need to be loaded the longer boot time is going to take.

i added an ls 120 superdrive to one pc and saw a noticable difference in the added boot time while it loads it's drivers, then i added a network card and that too added to the boot time

hope this helps
V (Vera)
Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2001 - 2:30 pm:   

also in bios features setup you can enable "quick power on self test" to speed things up. although if it's disabled it does test the memory to detect errors but it takes longer to go through the cycle

if you have no drive on primary slave or secondary slave (depending on how you have things setup) check in "standard cmos setup" to see that primary slave or secondary slave(which ever has no drive) is set to "none" as opposed to auto or user. that way the boot process isn't looking to see if a drive is in that position which can take a few more seconds

some more ideas
Paul Shiver
Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2001 - 2:56 pm:   

Thanks for the advice, I am leaning towards the network card being the main problem. Also while the machine is booting it goes to the device list and also gives me a C:/program files/adobe photodeluxe/adobe connectables. I have deleted photodeluxe and don't what this line means in my boot process or how I can get rid of it.
V (Vera)
Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2001 - 6:22 pm:   

i had a similar problem at one time with an entry from a mcafee demo. but i can't remember for sure where i found it. i'm thinking autoexec.bat. open it up in notepad or at the "run" command type sysedit and check autoexec.bat from there. if the statement is there you can delete it. when you reboot you shouldn't see it.
Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2001 - 12:31 am:   

Remove any and all protocols from your network settings that are not being used.

Is thing thing connected to a network and if so, what kind of network?

What addresses does winipcfg.exe give you? for some more ideas on networking...

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