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Windows 7: Slow Gigabyte startup logo

01 Mar 2012   #1
crgibson

Win 7 HP 64bit w/SP1
 
 
Slow Gigabyte startup logo

My Gigabyte startup logo is now taking over 20 sec to complete, where as when the pc was new it flashed so fast it was unreadable. Is this reason to be concerned? Is it wearing out...lol, or need flashing or ....?

Thanks for any help.


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01 Mar 2012   #2
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

That normally means that some piece of hardware is not initializing properly. If the behavior happens before Windows starts to load (which it sounds like) then the problem is not with drivers. Drivers only affect Windows startup. The issue is one or more hardware components is failing or conflicting with another.

The first course of action is to disconnect anything not necessary to boot and test. External drives, LAN cable, speakers, USB devices, Printers. Even mouse and keyboard can be disconnected to test.

If the behavior continues then you want to disconnect internal devices, one at a time, and test. Do the CD/DVD drive first, then the hard drive. Of course the system will not boot without the hard drive, but you are only testing to see if the BIOS boot goes faster.

See what you find and then post back.
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01 Mar 2012   #3
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Has the boot device changed?
Make sure that the HDD is the first device.

On my Gigabyte board, if I have the optical drive set as the first device
and the HDD as the second device, it will boot slower. If I set the HDD as
the first device, the boot time is about 30 seconds faster.
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02 Mar 2012   #4
crgibson

Win 7 HP 64bit w/SP1
 
 

Thanks for the replies.

Sardonicus - I changed first device to HDD from the CD. It made about a 5 sec faster change.

TVeblen - Will have to wait for a few days to try your suggestions. Will be out of town until Monday. Will post my results then

Again Thanks.
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05 Mar 2012   #5
crgibson

Win 7 HP 64bit w/SP1
 
 

TVeblen - Tried everything you suggested except the internal hard drive. The option thru Device Manager is to uninstall it. If I do that, how would I be able to enable it if Win 7 doesn't start? The only way to disconnect the hard drive is to take the tower apart and disconnect the cable, which was a hour and a half last time I did this.

Doing everthing so far has lowered the splash screen time to about 16 sec (from almost 30 sec), but has added the shut down time to over 45 sec. Since I leave the pc on 24/7 this is not a great concern except when I have to restart. Oh well........

Thanks for your help.
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05 Mar 2012   #6
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote:
On my Gigabyte board, if I have the optical drive set as the first device
and the HDD as the second device, it will boot slower. If I set the HDD as
the first device, the boot time is about 30 seconds faster.
i have my PC's setup to boot with optical drive first and don't see a slowdown, maybe 1-2 seconds (don't care)
i don't leave a disc in the drive...

Quote:
The only way to disconnect the hard drive is to take the tower apart and disconnect the cable, which was a hour and a half last time I did this.
can't you just open the case and simply remove one end of the sata cable?
If your hardware setup doesn't allow easy access to either end of the HD sata cable, understood...
my PC's may be much simpler (like me)
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05 Mar 2012   #7
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Yes, as mentioned above, you do not need to remove the drives from the case, just disconnect the data cable and power cable.

I can't imagine a home built PC could be that jam packed, or did you do it deliberately to get a small footprint?
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05 Mar 2012   #8
crgibson

Win 7 HP 64bit w/SP1
 
 

The problem is not disconnecting cables, it's the location of the case.

So before I do work of getting to the case, what would be the outcome if, in fact, the hard drive is the problem? Would the HHD have to be replaced?
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05 Mar 2012   #9
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

It could be the hard drive, it could be the CD/DVD drive. If one or the other is responsible for the slowdown then you would first check to see if there was a solution to a repairable problem, and if not, then yes, replacement is your next option.
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05 Mar 2012   #10
crgibson

Win 7 HP 64bit w/SP1
 
 

I had disabled the CD drive in Device Manager before, while checking everything else out, so I figure that it is OK. This leaves the hard drive, and I don't think the extra time to start the PC is worth the time and cost replacing it. Will keep an eye on it just in case this is just a early warning of trouble to come.

Thanks very much for you help with this.
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