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#1 chadds


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Posted 14 May 2010 - 06:18 AM

Hi, I have an HP A1750Y Desktop. Specs are ASUS P5LP-LE MoBo, 2GB Ram, Pentium D 820 2.8 Ghz processor. I bought this computer with Windows Vista installed, and have been running it that way for the last few years. Boot-up has always been extremely slow, even from the day it was new, and it had gotten worse to the point that it would take about 15-20 minutes to boot. The Bios screen itself would be on for a long time, and then after the Vista Desktop would load, it would still be an additional 5 minutes until icons or the start bar would load.

After being generally fed-up with Vista, as the computer had many other software quirks, I decided to do a fresh install of XP Pro over the weekend.

To my surprise, the boot times were not improved at all! The computer itself works well and has good speed after finally booting up, but it takes about 15-20 minutes from power on, until you can use the OS. I did the install with a brand new HDD, so a HDD problem is not the culprit.

Does anyone have any clues what the issue may be? I wouldn't call myself a computer expert, but I'm not a dummy with computers either, and this problem has me baffled. Thanks!

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#2 Baltboy


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Posted 14 May 2010 - 10:18 AM

The Bios screen should pass by very quickly. I would venture to say there are setting in the BIOS that are set incorrectly. I'm assuming you ave not changed anything in the BIOS and are not using some RAID setup that may be affected by altering the BIOS with the following suggestion. If all of that is true I wouls go into the BIOS and reset it back to the factory defaults and restart the computer watching to see if there is a noticable improvement in the speed of the Boot especially in the BIOS portion. Then we can go from there.
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Posted 14 May 2010 - 12:10 PM

What speed of hard drive do you have?

Is it a 5400rpm or a 7200 rpm drive?

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