Posted 28 December 2006 - 11:56 PM
Do you by chance have CD/DVD drives that are IDE and your only hard drives are SATA?
Tonight I found an HP with 2 gB of RAM that was slower than any of the old crappy systems that were in the shop. The reason was that the IDE drives weren't setup correctly.
In this case (and in my last system) the first IDE channel was set on Auto - with nothing connected to it. The CD/DVD drives were on the second IDE channel and set to Auto also. I suspect that the delay was that the system was trying to locate the drives on the first IDE channel and couldn't find them.
FWIW, we burned 750 mB of data on one of our in-shop systems (with lousier specs than this system) and it took 2.5 minutes to burn. On the HP it took 15 minutes to burn. After we put the CD/DVD drives on the first channel and instructed the second channel that nothing was there - the time went down to 2.5 minutes.
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