I built a PC about two years ago. I have a Gigabyte X38 motherboard, an Intel E6850 CPU, 4 GB of memory, and three hard drives in a RAID 5 configuration. For the last 6 months or so, running Vista 32 bit, it started taking much too long to boot. I upgraded to Windows 7 (32-bit) a few weeks ago and the boot time if anything is even worse.
When the system was new, I'd reboot and the first thing I'd see is the Gigabyte splash screen with the name of the motherboard and its features. This used to last a few seconds - now it sits there for about 2 to 2.5 minutes. After that, POST starts and that still goes quickly. It shows no errors and all three hard drives and the RAID all show up as "NORMAL."
After POST completes successfully, I get the new Windows 7 "Starting Windows" screen with the four different color bugs that float towards the center of the screen and become the standard windows logo. After a few seconds of that, the screen fades to black and that's it for 5 to 10 to as much as 40 minutes, after which my desktop finally appears, it loads my gadgets, and the boot is complete.
Following that long boot process the PC works normally.
I will welcome any and all suggestions you all might have. Thanks in advance for any assistance.
1) why is the time to post longer?
Is there an overclock that is being reset?
Is it possible that the bios is resetting itself to set a different ram voltage?
Try memtest86+ to check for ram issues.
Look in the bios for time to abandon detection for any devices that you do not have.
2) After post, why so long?
Scan for any viruses or malware.
Look at your startup tasks.
run msconfig and look for any strange tasks
If simple things fail look for the windows performance toolkit which has multiple tracing facilities
I'm not sure about the overclock or a different ram voltage. I'll try memtest86+
>>Look in the bios for time to abandon detection for any devices that you do not have.<<
I assume that means going into setup next time I boot. Will do. Thanks.
I use Kaspersky so I scan for viruses and malware all the time.
I did run msconfig and a un-checked a ton of apps from startup. I rebooted and the PC rebooted in a minute or so!!! Including the Gigabyte splash screen only showing up for a few seconds. That baffles me - I can't see how not starting selected apps would affect that.