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Windows 7: Windows 7 Extremely Slow Startup

25 Feb 2011   #1

windows 7 64
Windows 7 Extremely Slow Startup

this computer has been working fine.
today the it stalls at "starting windows" for about 9 minutes before it starts. Then the computer works fine.

I loaded the latest bios. I disconnected all usb devices. I disabled all startup services in msconfig. I had windows look for any system errors and found none. I used the windows install disk to repair and update the os

asus p6x58d-e
windows 7 64bit
24 gig ram
i7 950
GTX-470 latest drivers
antec 1000 watt power supply
nec pa271w monitor
no other cards or devices

Attached are all the details in device manager (2 files)

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25 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Be very careful with disabling services...that can have some very bad negative effects. Hopefully, you just meant you shut down some of the start up applications instead. I'm also thinking that it isn't related to the BIOS, or memory checking, as it seems to be getting past that part. Is your HDD light active at all during those 9 minutes?
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25 Feb 2011   #3

windows 7 64

Yes the hdd light is active
Correct I just turned off start up services in msconfig
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25 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

That tells me something is chewing away the computer's resources. Just to shouldn't be messing with services...just the start up applications. Those are two separate things in msconfig. Don't change things on the Services tab in msconfig. That could lead to all kinds of issues. Only worry about unnecessary items on the Startup tab.
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25 Feb 2011   #5

windows 7 64

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25 Feb 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP


Try running a clean boot: How to Troubleshoot a Problem by Performing a Clean Startup in Windows 7 or Vista

Win7 Troubleshooting Fundamentals

If you have another hung startup, run a boot trace to see exactly what's hanging it:

Also if you're running RAID be aware that we see a lot of issues with Windows 7 and RAID. An SSD will get you better performance, and with built-in drive imaging the second HD can be used for better purposes than having no redundancy.
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25 Feb 2011   #7

windows 7 64

Thank you.
I did the clean start up and it still hung for 9 minutes.

I'm afraid the boot trace looks to be beyond my skills.

I do have a RAID for my video disks. I am a video editor. RAID 0

Being that this was working fine, maybe I should just start from scratch and rebuild with a clean install of the os and drivers.
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25 Feb 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP


I've always heard that the Users who can really benefit from RAID are video editors.

You might work through some of the other troubleshooting tips linked earlier as a last resort before reinstall.

Here are tips for getting a purrfect clean reinstall based on hundreds done here - use the ones which apply: re-install windows 7

It's especially important to wipe the HD of all code as boot sector corruption cannot be ruled out. Reinstall is also a good time to test your HD's and RAM using tools listed earlier.
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27 Feb 2011   #9

windows 7 64

I have discovered that if I unplug the drives to the Marvell Raid Controller, then startup is normal.
I have tried these things:
clean install of os
update bios
update marvell
check to make sure i have the latest chip driver

other than the startup issue the computer is working fine.

would like to solve this!
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28 Feb 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Does it work without RAID enabled? Honestly, there is some very minor performance gains in video editing, but they are very minor and only in some situations. If you ditched RAID0 and just used a fast hard drive, you probably wouldn't notice. I have several friends who have done just that and not one has noticed or complained about a loss of performance. RAID0 was overhyped like mad, but it has long since died off on mechanical drives. If you insist on using RAID0 for whatever reason, consider getting a dedicated controller with a better chipset. Marvell anything is generally less than desirable quality.
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