Posted 31 March 2010 - 07:15 PM
Okay, I'm relatively new to this forum and recently posted in the "infections" area. I had a nasty trojan and my only recourse was to reformat my hard drive and reinstall my operating system. I am VERY comfortable with this process as I have done it 4 times on the system already. I decided to do something different though. I have a Western Digital 320gb external hard drive that is a couple years old. The hard drive that came with my desktop system (the one that was infected) is 80gb, and the casing for the WD external hard drive died, so this hard drive was just "sitting around." I figured, why not give my desktop some more space! Sorry for the long back story. Anyway, I checked all the pins and jumper settings and the 320gb seems identical in size and configuration to the 80gb I pulled out of the system.
So, I popped the 320gb into my system and it was immediately recognized by the system, I popped in the XP CD that came with the system and off I went--formatting the hard drive (it had not ever had an operating system on it since it was an external backup drive) and installing XP. I am currently in the process of doing all of the Windows updates. I have already installed all the other drivers for my other computer hardware--like I said, I have the format/operating system to a science at this point and double check that I'm doing stuff in the right order.
My problem is this: when I am rebooting my computer, there is a huge lag between the Dell splash screen, which pops up almost instantaneously, and the actual Windows startup. By huge lag, I mean 5-10 minutes. It starts up, the Dell splash screen pops up and then disappears to a black screen, the black screen stays for a few minutes and then a line of little white vertical bars appears at the bottom of the screen and they "fill in" like a loading bar would do for another few minutes or so. Then Windows starts. Has anyone experienced this to know where I should start to look? I hate doing a bunch of troubleshooting and downloading a bunch of software on a system I just "cleaned" so before I do so, I'm just trying to target whether I should go to WD and run diagnostics on the hard drive or go to Windows and repair install XP or something. Any help is greatly appreciated. By the way, the WD hard drive was working fine as of a month or so ago--it developed a power cord issue and the casing went bad.