When you think everything is perfect!!!! Errrr

ok..i just reformated my computer again following ToeJams recommendations. THE computer was perfect! I mean it ran great..Thanks a lot bud! Hope you remember it has been a long time since your very helpful reply!

Well..I had the rig all set up. Everything was installed. Everything was beautiful. NOW out of the clear sky the boot time has increased like 10 times. It will go through BIOS real fast but once it hits winxp boot screen with the line going thing moving across..well..it used to just take about 2 strechest across..now it goes...goes..goes...it will stutter..then keep moving again...

FInally it gets off that screen and heads to desktop..desktop all black..nothing..sit and wait. Eventually it gets to desktop..this is like at least 10 times longer then before.

Fresh install of xp pro
Installed nic..sound..and vid one by one..well of course vid the first one. Put sound in pci 3 and nic in 5.

I Have disabled all unnessary services.

Disabled norton..no good.

unplugged nic and still problem..

Set the ip and subnet mask manually

ALl of these were ideas i saw from other posts around the net.


athlon xp 1.53
512 ddr crucial ram
santa cruz sound

Oh i have not installed anything for like 4 days..changed nothing and I get this.


Anyone have any ideas...please god...before i give up on this and chuck it out the window..I am getting sick of backing up files to format the computer
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  1. Maybe bootvis will help
  2. Don't turn your computer off? =)

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  3. You're welcome!

    Now ... the problem.

    Check in the Event Viewer for error messages. Right-click My Computer\Manage\Event View - Application & System.

    If you see error messages in this area, highlight them, and go to Properties for each error. The information available here is often searchable.

    Due to long boot, I'd run a full CHKDSK scan on the hard drive and check for bad sectors ... perhaps swap out the IDE cable.

    I've run across a couple of articles on increasingly slower boot times in WinXP:

    <A HREF="http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/wwwboard/forum/18005.html" target="_new">XP SLOW BOOT</A>

    <A HREF="http://www.dslreports.com/forum/remark,2648965~root=pppoe~mode=flat" target="_new">DSL Modem + Windows XP = Slow Boot Time</A>

    <A HREF="http://www.tweakxp.com/tweakxp/display.asp?id=954" target="_new">Very Slow boot when networking</A>

    <A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/hwdev/tech/storage/IDE-DMA.asp" target="_new">DMA Mode for ATA/ATAPI Devices in Windows XP</A>


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  4. well i did that but i do not quite understand what the hell I am looking at! I tried the optimize and got some error so nothing happened.
  5. Well it is great to see you again Toejam! I am very very happy you are here again for me! Thanks again bud!

    Check in the Event Viewer for error messages. Right-click My Computer\Manage\Event View - Application & System.

    Well I did that. Quite neat I do say. Learn something new everyday about xp.

    Anyhow...I find alot of errors under system for the day it started acting up.

    The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort0, did not respond within the timeout period.

    I have alot of that day. BUt I do not logg that error for today which is weird.

    I get this warning.

    An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation.

    I did a scan disk..Found no problems.

    I looked at the last article..tried that..no good either.

    Now tell me If I am wrong with the networking idea. If I unplugg it..will it still be searching for a network..GUess I should maybe disable the nic and try that.

    Am I going in the right direction?

    Thanks again for the replies!
  6. well i followed up on some of those errors. Can't seem to find whats up.

    I had this theory..tell me if it makes sense.

    I did the careful install of everything. Well when i go into the device manager and view by type..vid card and nic on same IRQ. Sound card # 5.

    WEll..the other day i was playing RTCW. Lots of players. LOts of lagg..Had icq and mirc going..well all of a sudden I started moving real slow. LIke i was in slow mo..anytime i typed a message it would be in caps when the Keyboard said it wasn't. Keyboard was funked.

    WEll i reboot. Everything seemed to be fine. COuld it be at that time everything just corrupted some file that I will never know? Format c: is the only way?

    I cleared the log out and never got a atapi error again. Still get warning on disk cache..I reinstalled keyboard drivers, mouse, vid, sound.

    Nothing seems to work. Is it time to turn in my chips?

    I notice a lot of the time my rig seems sluggish now. WIndows taking a bit to open. programs take a few secs longer. LIke being on the internet playing with a 300+ ping!
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