excessive boot time

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  1. row

    row New Member

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    under normal circumstances takes between 15 and 20 seconds to post, from turning on to desktop.

    last 3 or 4 times i've booted up the same process has taken close to 5 minutes, hangs on boot device led.

    once boot is complete pc seems to run fine.

    the os drive (crucial 256g m4) and storage drives (2x wd 600g raptors) are ok according to wd's data lifeguard diagnostic tool.

    the bios retains changes to it's default values.

    so the ssd is connected thru the sata6g_e1 (or e2) port, don't know which, neither of which shows up in the bios menu under "sata configuration" under the "advanced" menu tab. the other 6 ports sata6g_1 & 2, sata3g_1 thru 4 are prresent and show the drives (2 hd's, 1 disc drv) in the appropriate places.

    not much info to go on, but anyone have any ideas? system is about 6 months old, never oc'd and is the pc is in the system spec's at right.

    thanks for any help!
     
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  2. Dyre Straits

    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids and 1 Great-grandson!

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    Shut it down normally.

    After it shuts down, unplug it from the power source.

    Once it's unplugged, press the Power button on the PC to discharge any residual power. (You may or may not see a brief flash of the lights on the PC.)

    Leave it for a few minutes.

    After maybe 5 minutes, plug it back in and start it up.

    Does it still take unusually long to boot into Windows?
     
  3. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    A dead or nearly dying CMOS Battery can sometimes do this... Kind of surprising to me how many new motherboards I've come across with half dead or entirely dead batteries after a very short period of time.
     
  4. row

    row New Member

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    thanks you both for your input, i'll try your's first dyre straits and then look into a new battery judas
     
  5. RealityRipple

    RealityRipple Embrace Entropy

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    I'd swap out the SATA cables to see if one of them has a kink in it....
     
  6. row

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    i tore the thing apart today and replaced all sata cables (power and data), no difference
     
  7. Takaharu

    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    Have you tried setting it to clean boot in msconfig? Not Safe Mode; there's setting that disables every optional startup application under General called "diagnostic startup".

    Official guide

    Also might be worth disconnecting the Raptors in a separate test to see if that makes a difference.
     
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    hi takaharu, i'vd tries the msconfig cleanboot to no avail, have yet to disconnect the raptors. thanks!
     
  9. row

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    disconnecting raptors had little effect.
     
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  10. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

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    could just be a bump install taking unnecessarily longer.


    I've done a full wipe and secure erase of an SSD that was giving me 60-120 second boot times ..... and reinstalled fresh reducing boot time down to seconds.
     
  11. gk8aq

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    Change sata port.
     
  12. Stuart_Davidson

    Stuart_Davidson Well-Known Member

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    Is your SSD firmware the latest version?
     
  13. row

    row New Member

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    thank you all for your interest. sata ports were changed and ssd firmware is latest.

    i ran ntbtlog and discovered that the driver dxgkrnl.sys is attemmpting to load 8 times per post.

    i'm in the process of utilizing the event viewer to customize a boot log to get a closer look.

    also in the process of downloading ms's assessment and deployment kit which should help to.
     
  14. Genny Mathew

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    You can also check for power supply incoming through the electrical plugs, and replace defective one. May be this might help.
     

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