Hmmm. I've build a lot of 1.2 T-Bird systems, and all have been quick and more then up to snuff. I haven't used that Abit board however, but if you've already switched it, I highly doubt that it would be a defective motherboard. Is it just the booting of Windows that the is the slow part? Or is it right from the get go, including the BIOS start up also?
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Maxtor ATA100 drives have two modes of operation, with and with acoustic management. With acoustic management enabled you also have a choice of <b>quiet</b> mode and <b>fast</b> mode. Some drives were shipped with quiet mode (much slower) enabled.
Here is a link where you can download the <b>Acoustic Management Software</b>.
I don't know if the <b>AMSET</b> utility will fix your particlar problems but it is worth checking. Just boot to DOS and run the utility. It will list the command line options. Type <b>AMSET /check</b> and the utility will tell you if acoustic management is enabled and if quiet mode is set. I recommend disabling Acoustic Management, alltogether.
You might also want to download the Write Verification Utility, <b>WVSET</b>. Enable for better data integrity. Disable for more write speed.
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Hi there. Basically it's the booting up process that is slow and the actualy loading of and playing of games is slow (choppiness). Thanks