hi all. i got a prob with a home built pc. it takes about 20 minutes to boot up its ok up to windoes xp splash screen then the screen gos blank for about 10 minutes then it stays on the blue welcome screen for about another 10 minetes after that is all ok. i have done a clean install or windows and installed the motherbord cd but its still the same. when it is has booted it all works fine.
the spec of the pc is:
Windows xp Service Pack 2
Memory 2 gig:
pentium 4 3.00GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte . 8I945PMF
graphic card radeon x1950 pro
sata 120 gig hard drive
do anyone have a clue to why it takes so long to boot up . many thanks
It's an ISO image. Once it's burnt, reboot your computer with it in your CD drive, set your BIOS to boot from the CD. It boots very quickly and starts to run the default test. Let it complete a few passes, the more the better. I have found that it may take several passes before it starts to error, or you could get lucky and it starts to error right away. Obviously if it doesn't error after many passes, your RAM is fine.
That all said, slow boots aren't normally a result of bad RAM. Usually bad RAM shows up in random lockups/reboots, BSOD's, application crashes, etc. It couldn't hurt to run the scan anyway though. One thing I have found with slow boot/shutdown problems is usually related to network problems. You could try looking in your Event Viewer and see if there are a bunch or warnings.
its still the same in safe mode. iv looked in device manager and all is ok.
You have a buddy that has an imaging program and a good spare hard drive? Try to clone your OS to another drive with Ghost, TrueImage, etc. Ghost does pretty good with bad sectors. Also try HDTune, it can do a error scan.
As said above, your hard drive may be bad, possibly mechanically.
Try to boot with the bare minimum. Maybe there's a bad component. If you have USB devices pull them all out. If you have expansion cards, ie sound, take them out. Use only the OS hard drive, no CD/DVD drive, no network. Even try just one stick of ram. Basically just enough to boot and load the OS. Hopefully, if it's a bad part, you can isolate it.
Also, when you reinstalled Windows, did you notice slow booting before installing any drivers? Perhaps there's a bad driver.