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Why does my old PC boot XP faster than my new one?

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April 14, 2007 11:59:39 AM

Hey all. Well i built a new PC a while ago, and i was about to sell my old one when my mother said she wanted to buy it from me (she offered to pay for it; I didn't ask her to buy it).

SO anyway, tonight I wiped my old computer and put Windows XP Pro back on it. Well i was amazed at how much faster it boot into windows than my new PC. It does about 3-4 bar moves (the green bar moves front to back 3-4 times) and then bam, into the log in screen/ desktop.

It takes my new PC about 8 bar passes to boot into windows.

Old PC stats:
Pentium 4 2.8Ghz @ 3.5Ghz
Geforce FX 5900 Ultra
creative audigy 2
duel 36gb raptor in raid 0
1GB RAM

New PC stats:
C2D x6800 @3.4 GHz
SLi geforce 8800 GTX
duel 75Gb raptor Raid 0
creative x-fi
4GB ram

The only differnce between OS's is my new OS has x64, old has x32

So what gives? you guys think i had a shitty OS install on my new PC or something?

thanks for the input.

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Anonymous
April 14, 2007 9:35:34 PM

Try loading BootVis on both to see what the diffeence is.

Grumpy
April 16, 2007 7:19:08 AM

bootvis won't work on my new PC. When it loads after it reboots, the progress bar only moves about 1/8th of the way and then the program seems to hang and not do anything. Maybe it's not x64 compatible.
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April 16, 2007 5:24:41 PM

My guess is the 64-bit is slowing you down a tad... drivers for 64-bit Windows aren't as mature as those for 32-bit Windows. Also if you were going to go 64-bit, you'd be better off with Vista than with XP. Driver development for XP Pro x64 was virtually non-existant until Vista's release was imminent. The situation has improved, but I think most companies are going to focus on Vista x64 development and start dropping XP Pro x64.

The RAID 0 is also overkill. Unless you're doing a lot of video editing or something requiring moving a lot of large files around, RAID 0 isn't going to give you much benefit. You would have also been better off getting a nice, large hard drive with 16MB of cache... the Raptors don't offer a great enough performance increase to justify the price premium... not to mention they're downright tiny.
April 16, 2007 10:01:58 PM

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My guess is the 64-bit is slowing you down a tad... drivers for 64-bit Windows aren't as mature as those for 32-bit Windows. Also if you were going to go 64-bit, you'd be better off with Vista than with XP. Driver development for XP Pro x64 was virtually non-existant until Vista's release was imminent. The situation has improved, but I think most companies are going to focus on Vista x64 development and start dropping XP Pro x64.

The RAID 0 is also overkill. Unless you're doing a lot of video editing or something requiring moving a lot of large files around, RAID 0 isn't going to give you much benefit. You would have also been better off getting a nice, large hard drive with 16MB of cache... the Raptors don't offer a great enough performance increase to justify the price premium... not to mention they're downright tiny.


I find the raid 0 decreases load times for games. That's what i'm using the PC for.

And i do have a larger harddrive, i just didn't list it, didn't think it was relevant. i have 2 seagate barracuda 750GB

And i did have vista ultimate 64bit, but damn nvidia's drivers are terrible. Haven't tried their new beta released last month though.

It was screwing up a couple games, namely FEAR, i couldn't turn shadows on in FEAR without getting like 20FPS everytime i'd load/save/checkpoint. THen i would have to wait a minute for the FPS to go back up to 130's. So annoying.
April 17, 2007 6:16:27 AM

Yes, thus far nVidia's drivers for Vista have been horrible compared to ATi's.
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