Takes time to boot

Micro-star international / Ms-7529
July 21, 2010 at 01:28:32
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3.06 GHz / 2047 MB
I used to use a 3 years old 80 gb Hitachi hard disk. It was working just fine. One day I took my hard disk to my friends house and had transfered some files. Then when I tried to start my computer, it was taking time. After I pressed the power button, the processor, graphics fans start running and the monitor light keeps just flashing; no display. After 1 or 2 minutes, the display comes and everything was fine. I was not experiencing any problem while working on the pc. But when I tried to play games (Mass effect 2, gta 4) I got strangely low frame rate then usual. I turned off the pc and changed the sata port of hard disk. Then it didn't take that 1 or 2 minutes to boot and I was not experiencing any other problem, not the games problem too. Some times it took again long to show display and I changed the sata again. Then it was fine. Few days ago, I bought a Western Digital 320 gb hard disk. Connecting it, it again takes 2/3 minutes to show the display. I changed the port many times but this time it didn't work. It always takes time to show the display. Sometimes it doesn't show the display at all. Fans are running, monitor light is flashing, no display. I deattached the hard disk and tried again. Same, no display at all. I opened the cmos battery and put it again. This time the display came. When the pc is running with the new hard disk, there is not any problem. But when to start the pc, it takes time to show the display and sometimes it doesn't even start (it happened 2 times). It's certainly a hardware problem ? What can it be ? My motherboards sata things have problem ? the battery is down ? I use windows xp sp3. 3 years old msi g31, geforce 9400 gt, 2 gb ram, 2 months old intel pentium dual core e5400, 3 days old western digital 320 gb hard disk.

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July 21, 2010 at 09:19:40
Probably it's ready for a good software clearout and thorough Windows cleanup to get rid of all the accumulated junk files and/or unused applications. The only way to achieve that is with a complete re-install of Windows or Factory Default Recovery Installation.

But as most factory installations include a load of unnecessary junk that most users don't need, a Factory Recovery is not the best option. Fresh Install from a 'proper' Windows disc is much preferred.

You might want to test the RAM first, though usually faulty RAM produces error messages. RAM tester here:

Also see if your system drive is heavily fragmented as that will affect startup time. Defragment it if necessary.

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July 22, 2010 at 01:42:34
Actually, there is no problem with the start up time. When I press the power button of pc, the display comes late. it was not like before. however, i will try your advice. thanks.

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