Running Windows 7 HP on an old home built pc with an Intel mobo (D845BG). 2g ram.
Great running hardware for XP. No boot delay in XP.
Upgraded flawlessly to 7; runs fine. No problems at all with OS.
Two 80g Maxtors, cable select, first ribbon position each on primary (the boot drive) & secondary channels. DVD drive & CD drive, cable select, second ribbon positions.
Upon bootup, real quick to the "Starting Windows" with the swirly stuff. Then suddenly, the red light goes off and the bootup stalls for one full minute. It then resumes on it's way to the desktop.
Performed a boot, with logging, and did a printout. Then I booted in Safe Mode to see where the stall is. Rips along until CLASSPNP.SYS shows. Then the 1 minute, then it continues. The driver that loads after CLASS... is cdrom.sys. It loads successfully after the 1 minute delay.
I figure one of the optical drives may be dodgy, so I unplug the power to both to see if the problem goes away. Now the pc won't boot at all - boot failure error. Curious!
Wondering if pinning the 4 pieces master & slave may help?