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VERY slow installation

By ultdaman ·
A couple months ago, my motherboard finally kicked the bucket,so I decided to upgrade. I recieved a new mobo and processor, and because I didn't have time, had a place install it for me.

He asked me if I wanted him to install XP on it, and I told him no, I can do it, so I can save some money.

Well, since ive got it home, ive had nothing but problems.

I can partition/format my hard drives fine, but after that part of the XP install, after it reboots and you have control of the mouse during the visual installation, it will just sit there at a blue screen with the mouse (which moves very sow and jagged) for about 20 minutes, and THEN will start installing.

During the install, I get an error about a COM+ not being able to be registered. After installation, when it says its "cleaning up temp files," it will sit THERE for about 40 minutes, then finally reboot.

It restarted, and after the windows xp loading screen, I get a black screen with the arrow (which still moves slow). It will then pretty much hang at the "applying computer settings" screen.

I have three HDDs, tried all three and it always does the same thing. My computer has Serial ATA and SATA RAID on it, but im using 2 IDE drives (but have installed the SATA RAID drivers anyway).

What could be the cause of this system being so slow?

MSI P4M800CE Motherboard with VT8237R Plus Chipset
Pentium 4 2.66 GHz Processor (133x20.0)
512 Corsair Valueselect DDR400 RAM
40GB Seagate Hard Drive (I have an 80 gig also, but dont have it plugged in at the moment.)
Radeon 9800 PRO AGP

Like I said, as of right now, xp IS installed on the HDD, it just takes forever to do ANYTHING.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to VERY slow installation

Well there are a couple of things to look at here. The 2.66 CPU has a FSB of 533 MHZ not the 133 as you have stated and doesn't support HTT but the M'Board still may need the RAM Sticks to be placed is a special manner to get best performance.

Have you checked your BIOS settings to make sure that they are correct?

Even if the CPU is shown at the right speed it appears have the wrong primary speed applied with the wrong Multiplier so it is effectively being Under clocked as it can not run at the higher 533 MHZ Speed.

The BIOS could also have the wrong settings in the HDD speeds and be treating them as lower speed devices. If you go the the following URL it has the specs for the P4 2.66 in the bottom box though you'll have to scroll down a bit



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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

Well in that case have you tried changing the PCI slot that the USB Card was in? That will most likely cure your problem and allow you to keep the USB 2 ports if the M'Board doesn't support this option.

If that doesn't work you'll need to try a different Chip set USB Card to get things working properly.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to VERY slow installation

Check the settings for Hard Disk controller and make sure that they are set for DMA and not PIO modes and PIO can make disk access very slow. Use Device Manager to change it. Install motherboard drivers as well.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to VERY slow installation

So if you checked all of other answers, have you used an install floppy for SATA drive?
(press F6 at beginning of installation to install the SATA drivers)

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by ultdaman In reply to VERY slow installation

Fount the answer!

Turns out my USB 2.0 PCI card was the culprit.

The computer would boot into safe mode perfectly, so I knew it had to be an add-in card. Sure enough, took that out, and everything is running great.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone! Trying some of them got me to try safe mode.


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