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Boot-up question

By nwillis ·
I am working on a Dell computer that seems to work fine, except
for when it is starting up. It recently had a hard drive installed
into it and while its running everything is fine. but in the time
between the first dell logo and the windows logon screen, it
takes insanely long. and whats even more suspicious is during a
boot in safe mode, it takes just as long to start up. this is before
the microsoft starts up so im thinking it is a driver problem
maybe. Can someone please tell me of some solutions or things
to look at?

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by TJVIPER101 In reply to Boot-up question

I had something similar happen to the Dell computers at college.The computer ran insanely slow and in safe mode the system process was using as much as 50% of the processor cycles. I at first thought of a possible virus, but after looking at the bios, it seemed the machine paniced and every possible bios setting was set to fail safe with most options diabled, such as throttling the system bus down to 66 mhz or so. Go through the bios and check to see that all the settings are correct. Dell's freak out if you open them up and hate it if you take out parts.

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by ReWrite In reply to Boot-up question

Since you had your hdd replaced go into your Device Manager and see if anything has a yellow exclamation point next to it. Sometimes when replacing hardware or upgrading os's the drivers for various components get corrupted/confused. If there is anything you find that is not working properly remove it and reboot. This will cause XP to reinstall the correct drivers. I've had this happen a couple of times.



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by Omnicef In reply to Boot-up question

I also would look to see if there are two devices on the same IDE cable that are configured the same... such as master/master or slave/slave. If this happens, it can slow down the boot process. From your questions I think you have 2 hard drives and it is happening during the BIOS part of boot up.

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by Chris910 In reply to Boot-up question

You can find dells drivers at You will need to create an account if you do not already have one. This is all free, but they make you jump hoops to get there. Once there you just select downloads, plug in the computers service code and it will display all of the current drivers for your machine.

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