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  • Question

  • I am using a Compact Flash/IDE adapter with a 4GB x133 Transcend compact flash card.

    Other hardware/OS:

     - Vista Home Premium, 64-bit

     - E8400 processor

     - 4GB RAM (2x2)

     - nVidia 780i

     - nVidia 8800gts(g92) video

     - 250gb SATA2 drive

     

    Without the CF card installed, Vista boot time is around 1-1.5 minutes. This includes when the adapter is installed but no card inserted.

     

    With the CF card inserted, boot time is around 10 minutes, with most of the time on the startup screen (scrolling bar).

     

    After booting, the drive works normally, so it is not a hardware compatability problem. This card is not being used to boot or dual boot. The card is also recognized and works properly if it is inserted while the computer is in hibernate then recovered.

     

    After doing some research, I have already:

     - disabled DMA

     - forced PIO mode 4

     - checked boot order

     

    During boot up, the drive is continuously accessed.

     

    Suggestions for helping Vista move quickly past this drive during boot?

    Tuesday, March 11, 2008 6:56 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    Let's perform a Clean Boot. A Clean Boot will allow us to isolate any device drivers or programs that are loading at startup that may be causing a conflict with other device drivers or programs that are installed in your computer.

     

    1) Run MSCONFIG.EXE command. 

     

    2) In the Services tab, click "Hide All Microsoft Services" and click "Disable All".

     

    3) In the Startup tab, click "Disable All". Click OK. (This will temporarily prevent third-party programs from running automatically during start-up.)

     

    4) Restart the computer. Does the problem still persist?

     

    If the problem does not occur, it indicates that the problem is related to one application or service we have disabled. You can use the MSCONFIG tool again to re-enable the disabled item one by one to find out the culprit.

     

    Also, you can check if any error prompt in system of event viewer when booting.

     

    Hope this helps.

    Thursday, March 13, 2008 6:57 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    Let's perform a Clean Boot. A Clean Boot will allow us to isolate any device drivers or programs that are loading at startup that may be causing a conflict with other device drivers or programs that are installed in your computer.

     

    1) Run MSCONFIG.EXE command. 

     

    2) In the Services tab, click "Hide All Microsoft Services" and click "Disable All".

     

    3) In the Startup tab, click "Disable All". Click OK. (This will temporarily prevent third-party programs from running automatically during start-up.)

     

    4) Restart the computer. Does the problem still persist?

     

    If the problem does not occur, it indicates that the problem is related to one application or service we have disabled. You can use the MSCONFIG tool again to re-enable the disabled item one by one to find out the culprit.

     

    Also, you can check if any error prompt in system of event viewer when booting.

     

    Hope this helps.

    Thursday, March 13, 2008 6:57 AM
  • The CF card 4GB should be high speed CF card,5V power ,you must be clear if the CF IDE adapter can provide 5V power supply.some CF IDE adapter can choose 3.3V or 5V( you can find sample ITEM NO STCI4005 on website:http://www.shopsintech.com/index.php?cPath=1_17),some only provide 3.3V power and some don't support DMA mode.So you should choose suitable CF IDE adapter with 5V power ,support DMA then booting will be normal.

    Tuesday, March 25, 2008 11:02 AM
  • Recently,I test the ITEM STCI4406B CF to 2.5" IDE adpater(http://www.shopsintech.com/product_info.php?cPath=1_17&products_id=180) , very fast speed,it can support Ultra DMA mode,you also can choose 3.3V or 5V power supply and Master or Slave selection.The most special is the size same as 2.5" HDD,very good product used as 2.5"HDD .I strongly recommend it.

     

    Thursday, May 1, 2008 6:29 AM