1. Make sure your boot order is correct (most common - cdrom -> hdd0)
2. If your using an IDE hdd from Western Digital and have no other device on the channel, remove the jumper
3. Check your CPU hsf is installed correctly
4. Test your HDD with manafacturers tools incase the drive is faulty
5. Check your IDE configuration that everything is ok - master drives on the end of the cable, slave on the middle of the cable etc
Is this a change from previously acceptable behavior?
Are you seeing drive activity during this time or does your PC just sit there?
Once XP is up and running, is performance normal, or still uneven or just plan slow? Is your full amount of RAM showing?
Go into Device Manager and look for anything with an exclamation point or red "X" other than the things you deliberately disabled.
Look in the Event Viewer for problems as well.
Check your LAN drivers and components.
With power OFF, reseat everything; all cables inside the case as well as printer, LAN, KB, etc. outside the case. Reseat the RAM and any cards.
For more assistance, you'll need to provide specs on your system, as detailed as you can but certainly including mobo, RAM and drives.
boot order is correct hd first (its a samsung spinpoint 40gb sata2 drive).
heatsink is on ok as far as i can tell.
dvd drive is samsung sata.
looking at running the samsung hd test.
not sure about the changes i normally just power up and do other stuff i just happended to sit in front of it and it took this long, that was the reason for the fresh install.
not sure about drive activity will take the side off and listen tonight.
all the ram is recognised ok.
device manager has no ! or red X.
drivers are all installed as far as i can see.
will check event viewer and reseating.
Is there an equally long delay if you do a Shutdown/Restart (without power-off) in Windows, or does it only take this long on a fresh power-up?
Reset your BIOS to defaults.
Unplug any USB devices other than keyboard and mouse (if they're USB).
Check your BIOS for any hard drive delay and turn that off.
Unplug your LAN cable to eliminate any delay associated with obtaining an IP address.
nope shutown seems fine.
reset bios to default and optimised without any affect.
any idea what the hard drive delay in bios is likely to be called, not seen anything obvious in there.
will look at unplugging usb and lan.
I have a system with the same mobo and cpu. It takes 20 seconds to the windows loading banner and another 20 seconds to the welcome logon screen, using vista home premium-64. Not too different. In the bios, disable anything you don't use, particularly devices that are not connected like serial and paralled port support. It takes time to discover that they are not responding.
It looks to me like your boot drive is the bottleneck. What is the model#? It is running at 100% utilization much of the time. You could trade it out for a raptor. Alternately, use the 320gb drive for boot. The larger drive will cluster the boot data closer together, making accesses faster. Load the os first, so it will use the faster outer parts of the drive.