We have several systems with a DQ57TM motherboard and an I3 540 processor. Some of the systems are now starting to have extremely slow boot times. I checked one yesterday for virus/malware and it came up clean. Updated the bios to version 47 from 29.
Each system as 2 GB of Kingston RAM, 160 GB SATA Hard Drive, SATA DVD Drive, 500 Watt Power Supply, PCIe x16 Geoforce 220 video card, USB keyboard/mouse and an APC Standby battery using Powercute 3.0 with a USB connection cable.
The hard drive was checked with SpinRite and came up with no errors. Also ran a Chkdsk and no errors.
Any ideas would be welcome.
- You could check if the disk controller is accessing the disk in PIO mode instead of DMA.
- Execute the free WD bad sector disk scanner Data Lifeguard (disks need to be WD, other vendors have alternative solutions)
- Run windows chkdsk full scan.
- Install latest Intel chipset drivers.
- Install soluto and use that tool to analyze the problem for you
- Disconnect the network cable (if these systems are connected) and see if this speeds up the boot. If it does then somethings tries to access a network resource during the boot but gets a timeout.