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Loooong delay before first screen

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Claire, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. Claire

    Claire Flightless Bird

    Hello,
    Sorry for posting question not Windows related but I do not know
    any hardware forum.
    On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first boot
    screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not flicker at
    all).
    I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz with 4 GB of
    RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.

    Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?
    Thanks,
    Claire
     
  2. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    Claire wrote:
    > Hello,
    > Sorry for posting question not Windows related but I do
    > not know any hardware forum.
    > On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first
    > boot screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    > For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not
    > flicker at all).
    > I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz with 4
    > GB of RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.
    >
    > Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?


    What is 'quite modern'? Dual Core or Core2Duo?

    BIOS updated to the latest revision from the manufacturer? The operations
    you are speaking of would have to do with the operations before the OS - so
    visit the manufacturer's web page/support page/download page for your system
    and see what BIOS is available and how to install it and do so.

    Be sure your backups are current - as things can go wrong wven with the most
    mundane operations - and this is not close to mundane. ;-)

    Hard disk drive firmware up to date?

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  3. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Feb 21, 8:30 pm, "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote:
    > Hello,
    >            Sorry for posting question not Windows related butI do not know
    > any hardware forum.
    > On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first boot
    > screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    > For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not flicker at
    > all).
    > I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz  with 4 GB of
    > RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.
    >
    > Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?
    > Thanks,
    > Claire


    You can tell us a lot of information and receive good ideas if you do
    this:

    Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    msinfo32

    Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select
    All, Copy and then paste the information back here.

    There will be some personal information (like System Name and User
    Name), and whatever appears to be private information to you, just
    delete it from the pasted information.

    This will minimize back and forth Q&A and eliminate guesswork.

    It will look something like this:

    OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
    System Model Presario V4000
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8 GenuineIntel ~1696 Mhz
    BIOS Version/Date Phoenix F.14, 4/27/2006
    SMBIOS Version 2.31
    Windows Directory C:/WINDOWS
    System Directory C:/WINDOWS\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.
    080413-2111)"
    Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
    Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 220.24 MB
    Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    Page File Space 1.20 GB
    Page File C:/pagefile.sys
     
  4. Jill

    Jill Flightless Bird

    sounds like it trying to boot from another device (what do you have plugged
    into your USB ports) and timing out before booting from the hard drive.

    "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote in message
    news:-OVMMv61sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Hello,
    > Sorry for posting question not Windows related but I do not know
    > any hardware forum.
    > On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first boot
    > screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    > For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not flicker at
    > all).
    > I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz with 4 GB of
    > RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.
    >
    > Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?
    > Thanks,
    > Claire
    >
     
  5. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    Contact the PC vendors tech support, something is amiss in the hardware
    you have. This may be a warranty issue.

    Claire wrote:
    > Hello,
    > Sorry for posting question not Windows related but I do not know
    > any hardware forum.
    > On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first boot
    > screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    > For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not flicker at
    > all).
    > I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz with 4 GB of
    > RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.
    >
    > Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?
    > Thanks,
    > Claire
    >
    >
     
  6. Claire

    Claire Flightless Bird

    Bingo!
    I have USB modem attached to the computer. When I unplugged it the delay was
    reduced to 10 secs (down from 59 secs).
    What I do not understand, why that device can influence computer that bad
    way?
    BIOS is set to boot from DVD (1st) and hard drive (2nd).
    I do not have boot from other devices enabled.
    Thanks,
    Claire

    "Jill" <N@NE.nothing> wrote in message
    news:-OegRqK7sKHA.3660@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > sounds like it trying to boot from another device (what do you have
    > plugged into your USB ports) and timing out before booting from the hard
    > drive.
    >
    > "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote in message
    > news:-OVMMv61sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Hello,
    >> Sorry for posting question not Windows related but I do not
    >> know any hardware forum.
    >> On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first boot
    >> screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    >> For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not flicker at
    >> all).
    >> I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz with 4 GB of
    >> RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.
    >>
    >> Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?
    >> Thanks,
    >> Claire
    >>

    >
    >
     
  7. Claire

    Claire Flightless Bird

    Thank you for your time but I think your response is completely out of
    merit.
    Are you sure you are competent about computer's hardware?
    I cannot take your remarks seriously,
    Claire

    "Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:-O3PJ9A2sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Claire wrote:
    >> Hello,
    >> Sorry for posting question not Windows related but I do
    >> not know any hardware forum.
    >> On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first
    >> boot screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    >> For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not
    >> flicker at all).
    >> I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz with 4
    >> GB of RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.
    >>
    >> Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?

    >
    > What is 'quite modern'? Dual Core or Core2Duo?
    >
    > BIOS updated to the latest revision from the manufacturer? The operations
    > you are speaking of would have to do with the operations before the OS -
    > so visit the manufacturer's web page/support page/download page for your
    > system and see what BIOS is available and how to install it and do so.
    >
    > Be sure your backups are current - as things can go wrong wven with the
    > most mundane operations - and this is not close to mundane. ;-)
    >
    > Hard disk drive firmware up to date?
    >
    > --
    > Shenan Stanley
    > MS-MVP
    > --
    > How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >
     
  8. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Feb 23, 12:16 am, "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote:
    > Thank you for your time but I think your response is completely out of
    > merit.
    > Are you sure you are competent about computer's hardware?
    > I cannot take your remarks seriously,
    > Claire
    >
    > "Shenan Stanley" <newshel...@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:-O3PJ9A2sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    >
    > > Claire wrote:
    > >> Hello,
    > >>           Sorry for posting question not Windows related butI do
    > >> not know any hardware forum.
    > >> On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first
    > >> boot screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    > >> For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not
    > >> flicker at all).
    > >> I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz  with 4
    > >> GB of RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.

    >
    > >> Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?

    >
    > > What is 'quite modern'?  Dual Core or Core2Duo?

    >
    > > BIOS updated to the latest revision from the manufacturer?  The operations
    > > you are speaking of would have to do with the operations before the OS -
    > > so visit the manufacturer's web page/support page/download page for your
    > > system and see what BIOS is available and how to install it and do so.

    >
    > > Be sure your backups are current - as things can go wrong wven with the
    > > most mundane operations - and this is not close to mundane. ;-)

    >
    > > Hard disk drive firmware up to date?

    >
    > > --
    > > Shenan Stanley
    > >     MS-MVP
    > > --
    > > How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    > >http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html


    If you answer the question from Jose and post your msinfo32
    information, none of the other questions will need to be asked or
    entertained.
     
  9. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    Claire wrote:
    > Thank you for your time but I think your response is completely out
    > of merit.
    > Are you sure you are competent about computer's hardware?
    > I cannot take your remarks seriously,


    *shrug*

    I didn't ask the question or reply like an @$$ when someone tried to help.

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  10. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Don't know your computer but, do you have the capability to modify your
    power on tests?
    Example: You can do a fast memory test or an extensive memory test at power
    on time
    on my computer. Of course, an extensive test takes much more time. Suggest
    you investigate
    your BIOS settings. With 4 gigs of memory time is required.
    "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote in message
    news:-O%23x6z%23EtKHA.3904@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Thank you for your time but I think your response is completely out of
    > merit.
    > Are you sure you are competent about computer's hardware?
    > I cannot take your remarks seriously,
    > Claire
    >
    > "Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:-O3PJ9A2sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Claire wrote:
    >>> Hello,
    >>> Sorry for posting question not Windows related but I do
    >>> not know any hardware forum.
    >>> On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first
    >>> boot screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    >>> For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not
    >>> flicker at all).
    >>> I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz with 4
    >>> GB of RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.
    >>>
    >>> Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?

    >>
    >> What is 'quite modern'? Dual Core or Core2Duo?
    >>
    >> BIOS updated to the latest revision from the manufacturer? The
    >> operations you are speaking of would have to do with the operations
    >> before the OS - so visit the manufacturer's web page/support
    >> page/download page for your system and see what BIOS is available and how
    >> to install it and do so.
    >>
    >> Be sure your backups are current - as things can go wrong wven with the
    >> most mundane operations - and this is not close to mundane. ;-)
    >>
    >> Hard disk drive firmware up to date?
    >>
    >> --
    >> Shenan Stanley
    >> MS-MVP
    >> --
    >> How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    >> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >>

    >
    >
     
  11. Jill

    Jill Flightless Bird

    see if there is an option in the BIOS about support for legacy devices (and
    try turning it off)

    "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote in message
    news:-O5y3U8EtKHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Bingo!
    > I have USB modem attached to the computer. When I unplugged it the delay
    > was reduced to 10 secs (down from 59 secs).
    > What I do not understand, why that device can influence computer that bad
    > way?
    > BIOS is set to boot from DVD (1st) and hard drive (2nd).
    > I do not have boot from other devices enabled.
    > Thanks,
    > Claire
    >
    > "Jill" <N@NE.nothing> wrote in message
    > news:-OegRqK7sKHA.3660@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> sounds like it trying to boot from another device (what do you have
    >> plugged into your USB ports) and timing out before booting from the hard
    >> drive.
    >>
    >> "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote in message
    >> news:-OVMMv61sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> Hello,
    >>> Sorry for posting question not Windows related but I do not
    >>> know any hardware forum.
    >>> On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first boot
    >>> screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    >>> For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not flicker at
    >>> all).
    >>> I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz with 4 GB of
    >>> RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.
    >>>
    >>> Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Claire
    >>>

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
     
  12. Claire

    Claire Flightless Bird

    I do have IDE hard drive as a secondary drive.
    Is that a legacy device?
    Thanks,
    Claire

    "Jill" <N@NE.nothing> wrote in message
    news:u9NDtWctKHA.732@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > see if there is an option in the BIOS about support for legacy devices
    > (and try turning it off)
    >
    > "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote in message
    > news:-O5y3U8EtKHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Bingo!
    >> I have USB modem attached to the computer. When I unplugged it the delay
    >> was reduced to 10 secs (down from 59 secs).
    >> What I do not understand, why that device can influence computer that bad
    >> way?
    >> BIOS is set to boot from DVD (1st) and hard drive (2nd).
    >> I do not have boot from other devices enabled.
    >> Thanks,
    >> Claire
    >>
    >> "Jill" <N@NE.nothing> wrote in message
    >> news:-OegRqK7sKHA.3660@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> sounds like it trying to boot from another device (what do you have
    >>> plugged into your USB ports) and timing out before booting from the hard
    >>> drive.
    >>>
    >>> "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote in message
    >>> news:-OVMMv61sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Hello,
    >>>> Sorry for posting question not Windows related but I do not
    >>>> know any hardware forum.
    >>>> On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first
    >>>> boot screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    >>>> For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not flicker
    >>>> at all).
    >>>> I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz with 4 GB of
    >>>> RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.
    >>>>
    >>>> Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?
    >>>> Thanks,
    >>>> Claire
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
     
  13. Jill

    Jill Flightless Bird

    no.
    look for something about legacy USB devices

    "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote in message
    news:uhzPjtltKHA.2072@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >I do have IDE hard drive as a secondary drive.
    > Is that a legacy device?
    > Thanks,
    > Claire
    >
    > "Jill" <N@NE.nothing> wrote in message
    > news:u9NDtWctKHA.732@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> see if there is an option in the BIOS about support for legacy devices
    >> (and try turning it off)
    >>
    >> "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote in message
    >> news:-O5y3U8EtKHA.4704@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> Bingo!
    >>> I have USB modem attached to the computer. When I unplugged it the delay
    >>> was reduced to 10 secs (down from 59 secs).
    >>> What I do not understand, why that device can influence computer that
    >>> bad way?
    >>> BIOS is set to boot from DVD (1st) and hard drive (2nd).
    >>> I do not have boot from other devices enabled.
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> Claire
    >>>
    >>> "Jill" <N@NE.nothing> wrote in message
    >>> news:-OegRqK7sKHA.3660@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>> sounds like it trying to boot from another device (what do you have
    >>>> plugged into your USB ports) and timing out before booting from the
    >>>> hard drive.
    >>>>
    >>>> "Claire" <replyto@fra> wrote in message
    >>>> news:-OVMMv61sKHA.4752@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> Hello,
    >>>>> Sorry for posting question not Windows related but I do not
    >>>>> know any hardware forum.
    >>>>> On startup it takes 59 seconds for my computer to display the first
    >>>>> boot screen (memory count, entering setup etc).
    >>>>> For all that time the harddrive LED stays solid red (does not flicker
    >>>>> at all).
    >>>>> I have quite modern computer, Pentium 4 dual core 3.2 GHz with 4 GB
    >>>>> of RAM., SATA 500 GB hard drive and 200 GB IDE harddrive.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Why there is such long delay and what should I do to change that?
    >>>>> Thanks,
    >>>>> Claire
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
     

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