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#1 BNDAZ

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 03:52 PM

Im not sure wha could be the issue, if any, i am concerned that there may be something that may not be running correctly.

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit running off of a
Board: Intel Corporation DG33FB AAD81072-306
Serial Number: USFB802000PU
Bus Clock: 266 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. DPP3510J.86A.0293.2007.1002.1519 10/02/2007
with 4 Gig(3.24 usbale) ram.

This system was running xp pro , i bought this version of W7 and decided to install it on a seperate HDD, i pulled the old drive install the new and then installed W7.
No issue, then i ( having not understood previously) found out to to install W7 on the secondary drive to i could dual boot, so i formatted the new drive, install, and ran the W7 install again and set-up a dual boot.

Fine , until the XP install started to fail, and the disk died., system would not read the primary drive and would boot in to the second drive.

Removed the original drive, re-formatted and reinstalled w& on new drive again.
All was fine, except, occasionally when i was restarting the system, it would( after clicking restart) shutdown down to black screen and then just sit with a _ in the upper left hand corner, i though the system was hosed as it would see that way for several minutes before i would just do a hard shut down, then after several tries it would boot "normally".

For some time everything was fine, then that symptom started again, this time i just let it sit at the black-screen and went and did something else, i came back later and the system was booted and running normally. So i restarted, same thing, but i watched...
Black screen for several minutes, THEN post will started, then it boots normally. This happens EVERY time now, system seems to run perfectly fine once its up and running, but i wonder what could be the issue.
Someone mentioned that the MB i have "just barely supports" W7.

Is there any way to diagnose what might be the issue?
BIOS setting?

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 05:51 PM

See this page and follow the instructions for 'boot' tracing http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/140247-trace-windows-7-bootshutdownhibernatestandbyresume-issues/

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 07:04 PM

ok, ive gotten through to the point of creating the .xml summary, when i enter:

xperf /tti -i boot_BASE+CSWITCH+DRIVERS+POWER_1.etl -o summary_boot.xml -a boot

i get this error:
xperf: error: summary_boot.xml: Failed to open output file [0x80070005].

I was running the first command form a dos prompt run as administrator.

Edited by BNDAZ, 17 December 2010 - 07:05 PM.


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Posted 17 December 2010 - 11:59 PM

Did you see if you could run Windows 7 on that hard drive?
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 05:30 AM

Did you see if you could run Windows 7 on that hard drive?
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx


Yes, everything passed without issue.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 09:44 AM

Are your BIOS settings configured for minimal POST operations?

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:30 PM

There may be an answer here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproperf/thread/b8b5d6e6-f2b8-42be-8ef6-513ab87e0f95
or here http://www.ms-windows.info/Help/win-7-64-bit-professional-taking-1-min-20026.aspx

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 09:55 PM

There may be an answer here http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproperf/thread/b8b5d6e6-f2b8-42be-8ef6-513ab87e0f95
or here http://www.ms-windows.info/Help/win-7-64-bit-professional-taking-1-min-20026.aspx

Ill look further at those threads, but it seems that they are about boot times for windows, my issue is PRE POST "dead time" so to speak.
Im going to look at my BIOS settings again, anything in particular i should check?

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 06:46 PM

FWIW: Pre-POST delays...IME are either hardware-recognition problems of some type...or failing/failed hard drives.

I suppose that these can also be caused by failing CMOS batteries.

If this happened in XP, I would try to run the fixmbr command (first) and check all drive connections.

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