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Windows XP forum: XP slow load at startup

by: backlashnz February 28, 2007 8:42 AM PST

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XP slow load at startup

by backlashnz - 2/28/07 8:42 AM

we replaced a reliable custom PC 6 mnths ago (p4 2.66,asus board, 1g ram) to gain a little more performance for DVD system:
p4 3.60 560jES (hyperthreading)
asus p5p800se mobo
2 x 1gb corsair twinx overclocking dimms
2 x 250g wd ide hdd
winfast A180B 64mb agp card
500W PSU
it posts fine,but takes 4 minutes from desktop appearing to fully load (noticably the last icon to appear on the taskbar is the LAN connection),the old pc would be ready to work within 30 seconds of powering on.i've tried booting with all non-essential startup items disabled via msconfig.reconfigured bios several times,using almost every bios version designed for this board,currently using the bios specifically designated for this CPU on this mobo.ram is configured according to mobo specs (its in the right slots).i am aware the agp card is somewhat underpowered,but it did provide reliable quality functionality on the old PC.this was a clean XP home install (same disc used on previous PC) fully updated,hdd's are all ntfs partitions,regularly cleaned up and defragged.the best information i can gather from ASUS forums is that there is a problem with the on board ethernet (intel pro 1000) however there does not seem to be a solid fix or any updated drivers available,the LAN connection does drop in and out at random times sometimes frequently (enough to make me doubt it is an ISP problem) and sometimes not for a week.
are there any further suggestions?should i be disabling the onboard ethernet and installing a standard PCI 10/100 as i have gathered a faulty ethernet port does slow XP load times considerably.i should mention i have had the CPU professionaly tested good and ASUS support seems to be somewhere in the bermuda triangle for the p5p800se.

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