Upgrading PC - Boots lags

Gigabyte Ga-p35-ds3l motherboard
January 6, 2012 at 09:11:52
Specs: Windows Xp sp3, Phenom II x4 970
Motherboard - MSI 770 g45
CPU - Phenom II x4 970
Power supply - Antec 500watt
memory - gskill 1600 ripjaw
multi drive - ASUS
hard drive - seagate sata 1.5 80 gig

My PC lags for 35 seconds with a blank screen giving a bios name with a number before the splash screen appears and then the pc either loads windows or it will go blank with a cursor. Somtimes the screen appears that lets you enter the bios and somtimes it don't. I'm going to try to update the bios tonight and see if that works, but I wanted to see if anyone has had this type of problem or know a easy fix. Thanks

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January 6, 2012 at 10:56:23
How much RAM do you have? Have you run thru all your BIOS settings to make sure they're tweaked for best performance? or did you just accept the default values? For instance, is the boot order correct & is "quick boot" enabled? And I don't recommend updating the BIOS unless you're certain there's a need - do it incorrectly & you'll be in the market for a new board.


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January 6, 2012 at 13:14:14
I bought 8 gig of Gskill 1600 ripjaw memory. It was overkill, but it was only 43$. My bios is set to default values. I will have to check the boot order. I didn't do that. I did see that quick boot is enabled.

I was able to load windows xp last night. I was thinking, maybe finish loading the Motherboard drivers and use MSI live update tool for windows and update the bios.I don't know if that will fix anything or not.

The main problem is when i turn off the PC. I have to clear cmos to boot windows back up.

PC first boots black screen say bios version numbers

second - MSI splash screen

final - black screen with cursor

I searched the web and seen some people with similar problems that had a corrupt hard drive and used killdisk to wipe the MRB (what ever that is) and reload windows and that solved there problem.

I have a couple of ideas. I will check your ideas first. Thanks for any help

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January 6, 2012 at 14:09:49
"I was able to load windows xp last night"

XP can't even recognize 4GB RAM let alone 8GB. Why are you running a 10 yr old OS on modern hardware?

"used killdisk to wipe the MRB"

It's MBR (Master Boot Record) & I highly doubt that has anything to do with it.

Get a copy of Windows 7 64-bit or try one of the 64-bit Linux distros such as Linux Mint.


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January 6, 2012 at 14:14:53
I'm not rich. I need windows and most of my software is not compatible with Linux. Linux is a nice os. I have used it and was impressed.

I am hoping for a sell on Windows 8. It suppose to be release this year.

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January 9, 2012 at 13:26:59
PC first boots black screen say bios version numbers

second - MSI splash screen

final - black screen with cursor

bios doesn't detect the hard drive

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January 9, 2012 at 13:50:06
Test by removing (unplugging) the hard drive and all but one stick of the memory, if it can go into your BIOS, then it may very well be the hard drive.

Test your memory with a bootable CD with Memtest86 (no hard drive needed). Test with all memory in and also one at a time if you get any errors.

Your XP will only recognize just over 3GB of memory if you have 4GB installed, I don't know if it will react worse with 8GB installed so remove half of it until you get Windows 7 64bit or 64bit version of Linux installed.
There are equivalent programs for Linux for many popular programs out there and most are free.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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