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Very Slow boot, possible memory or motherboard issue?

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November 19, 2008 11:09:13 PM

Recently my computer crashed with a BSOD and afterward it's been booting up real slow. After the system boots back into Windows Vista x64 bit everything runs like normal. This happens during a cold boot or a regular reboot.

Once I power on the computer it hangs on the 'memory' screen where you hit 'DEL' to enter BIOS. It stays there for a few minutes before resuming the boot process. This leads me to believe it might be bad memory. I've try updating the BIOS, resetting the CMOS settings to default, booting with 1 stick of memory and the problem persist. I also noticed that when I went into the BIOS and under "DDR18V" it had failed once. After many reboot the failed message is no longer there. Any input on what I can do? I ordered a new 4gb Corsair PC 6400 DDR 2 memory and it should be arriving by tomorrow.


Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DQ6 Latest BIOS F9b
EVGA 320-P2-N811-AR GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 x2 total of 8gb of memory
Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10000 RPM
OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
Windows Vista Ultimate X64 with SP1

*System was overclock to 3.2 ghz stable for the past year

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a b V Motherboard
November 20, 2008 1:33:46 PM

The first thing to do is disconnect external devices - Unrecognised USB devices can cause a long hang on startup. For example, leaving the USB connector for the cellphone I got a couple weeks ago (LG Dare) causes a LONG startup. Unplugging it fixes the problem. (Interestingly, this works perfectly well if I plug it in while the computer is already running...)

Since you indicate the computer was fine then suddenly started misbehaving, I would be inclined to check devices for a failure.


How to speed Boot time:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/70563-boot-up.html

How to generate a system health report:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/82728-system-health-r...

checking the Reliability Monitor for errors:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/69535-reliabilty-moni...

Troubleshooting Sequence:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/101393-repair-vista-o...


How to check system files in Vista:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/66978-system-files-sf...

How to perform a Startup repair:
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/91467-startup-repair....
Anonymous
a b } Memory
a b V Motherboard
November 20, 2008 1:42:48 PM

Might be a mobo issue... my -5q deluxe boots in OVER A MINUTE with a SSD HDD.... over a minute with an SSD.... not cool whatsoever... But... a good 50 seconds of that is the motherboard post so w/e lol
November 22, 2008 2:34:59 AM

Yup, it might be a mobo issue. I received some brand new sticks of memory and still the same problem. I thought if there was a problem with the motherboard it will not even post. In this case it just takes forever to boot but after booting into Windows it's smooth, fast and normal.

Any other inputs? Or recommendations on a new motherboard with my setup? I kinda want to lean away from another Gigabyte board. Any good Abits or Asus boards that overclocks well?