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Mulitple XP Problems

By kinneym_98_98_98 ·
Ok heres my issue, Resently I wiped my system clean, had Win 98SE on it. Loaded XP Home onto it. Had problems with the CD-Rom Drives from the begining.

Problem #1(most important to me):
In The Bios they are recognized, can see them can boot to them. In XP Can't see them, can't even access them. I tried add New Hardware and it continues to say that there are no new drives that need to be added to the system. Been racking my brain out trying to figure this one out.

Problem #2:
When I boot my system everything goes fine till it comes to the XP Screen where it shows it loading. This is before actually logging into the system. After it shows that screen it takes about 10 minutes just for the Login Screen to appear. After that everything seems to be running ok.

If theres anything that you need to know Guide me in the directions I need to go...

I know my system can handle Win XP, I ran the compatibility test before I even started all this.

Everything worked fine when I had Win 98SE on it. Only reason why I switched is because I was getting more and more errors and problems with IE, and Spyware hitting me. I use McAfee Firewall and Virus Scan, also use a Popup killer and spyware blockers and still kept getting them. So I figured a fresh start would be good.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Mulitple XP Problems

if found this at
searching Windows XP for CD-ROM...
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 320553
CD-ROM Drive or DVD-ROM Drive Missing After You Install Windows XP
After you install Microsoft Windows XP, the CD-ROM drive, the DVD-ROM drive, or CD-ROM R/W drive may not be visible in the My Computer window. Additionally, there may be question marks on the devices that are listed under CD-ROM drives in Device Manager.
An incorrect device driver was installed for the CD-ROM device.
To resolve this behavior, use the following methods in the order in which they are presented.
Method 1: Remove Registry Entry
Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate the following registry subkey:
On the File menu, click Export.
In the File name box, type savedkey, and then click Save.
Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type UpperFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes. NOTE: If this data type is missing, continue to the next method.
Click the REG_MULTI_SZ data type LowerFilters, and then click Delete on the Edit menu. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
Quit the Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.
Method 2: Replace Existing Driver
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
If Control Panel is in Category view, click Performance and Maintenance, and then click System.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

If Control Panel is in Classic view, double-click System.
On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager.
Click the drive with the question mark next to it.
On the Action menu, click Uninstall. When you are prompted to confirm the removal, click OK.
Repeat steps 4 through 5 for any other drives with question marks.
On the Action menu, click Scan for hardware changes.
NOTE: If Windows XP cannot locate the driver for your device, the device may not be supported by Windows XP. To see the list of supported devices, see the most recent Windows Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) at the following Microsoft Web site:
Although Microsoft does not encourage the use of devices that are not on the Hardware Compatibility List, in some cases you can obtain a Windows XP-compatible driver by contacting the device manufacturer directly.
For additional information about other problems with CD-ROM and DVD-ROM drives in Windows XP, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
314060 CD-ROM Access Is Missing and Messages Cite Error Code 31, Code 32, Code 19, or Code 39 After You Remove Easy CD Creator in Windows XP

315350 'Incorrect Function' Error Message When You Access the CD-ROM Drive, DVD-ROM Drive, or CD-RW Drive

Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

The information in this article applies to:
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

check out this one too if you've uninstall Roxio EZ CDrom Creator:
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 314060

CD-ROM Access Is Missing and Messages Cite Error Code 31, Code 32, Code 19, or Code 39 After You Remove Easy CD Creator in Windows XP

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by Mark In reply to Mulitple XP Problems

You did not say if you installed to a new clean folder or if you did an upgrade. Since you are talking about having problems, I would install to a new clean folder, otherwise your problems with just move with you and you will probably add more problems. You will also be able to boot to either OS. It would also be best to use a separate partition, but it is not mandatory. Just realize that there will be some overlap in the Program Files folder. You could uninstall XP and then re-install to the clean folder. As far as getting your drives back, follow the previous users post. As far as getting rid of Spyware, my favorite tool is Spy Bot Search & Destroy. Free download. Just be sure to do the online update before running. He also has tools to deal with unknowns and a nice HOSTS file to block many hijackers.

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by kinneym_98_98_98 In reply to

System Was a Full Clean and Sweep of the system, harddrive was reformatted to NTFS

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by apples_and_oranges In reply to Mulitple XP Problems

use msconfig utility to try find out why going so slow on startup
go strat>run and type in msconfig - this will bring up the utility
set to selective startup and take the ticks from all below
reboot and should be quicker - but will look like safe mode
if ok go back to msconfig and put 1 tick back in and reboot - if ok go back and put the nect tick in and reboot - continue until it slows on reboot and the last tick you put in go to the correspoding tab in msconfig and you will see list of entries - again process of elimination
untick all and tiock say first 5 and reboot - see if ok - if so tick say next 5 until starts slowing on startup
when does you will be able to see which entries are causing to slow and can either just leave them unticked or reinstall if necessary

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by kinneym_98_98_98 In reply to

didn't help with everything unmarked it still took its regular time...I'm starting to begin to wonder about XP on this computer....

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by HereInOz In reply to Mulitple XP Problems

Download BootVis from various sites around the place - search google for bootvis - and that may give you a clue as to what is causing the long boot up time.


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by kinneym_98_98_98 In reply to Mulitple XP Problems

Ok recently I asked one of the technology staff at my college. She Advised me to try multiple things...such as unplug the slave rom, check Disk Management to see if roms were showing there.

Just to be different I tried one thing...I switched my Primary IDE with my Secondary IDE on the Main Board. I had to boot to safe mode because XP wouldn't strart properly...
Now to my Suprise This actually worked...
New questions WHYYYYY!!!! I have no clue why it this problem with my mainboard? the IDE cable? Location of the cable?

Everything showed as if nothing was wrong....I just don't understand this...

Now as for the Slow far everything has failed...
As for the bootvis...I have it....and honestly I have no clue how to read it...and their help files...lets just say I've seen better help in a 2 page manual....

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by kinneym_98_98_98 In reply to Mulitple XP Problems

Ok Heres my Update....

Xp Boot problem is solved when roms are not there. Therefor the DVD-rom and CDRW-Rom are causing the delay. After looking my MainBoard over again, I realized that it had 2 ATA spots. I connected my roms to the ATA and they seem to work just fine. After I tried this, I connected my Hard Drives to the Secondary IDE spot(where the rom were) and booted my system. XP didn't boot correctly, I was forced to boot it into Safe Mode. But CD-Roms did show up...

Now I ask someone at my work and she says that it could be bios problem. She suggests to update the BIOS for the MainBoard. now I know how touchy the BIOS are....and from what I've been told if you mess up doing an upgrade you kill the entire board. I'm not sure if this is true, but I will be researching about it.

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