Win2K slow to load after overclock??

By Mudshark
Jul 20, 2002
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  1. Not too sure where ot put this one?

    I have overclocked my old 550PIII - but as soon as I do Win2K
    takes up to a minute to load! it goes throught all the startup
    screens and at the last "little" one just before the "starting
    network...." screen it just sits and "spins it's wheels" there is
    a bit of disk IO going on.... not much, then after a minute or so
    it just come on up like nothings wrong. The machine runs fine
    once it's up, but it's very annoying!
    It does this no matter how large(within reason) or how small the
    overclock is.
    Win2K loads up fine when the machine is not overclocked.... this is
    weird!
    Help anybody.... please.

    oh yes, its on a Soyo sy-6ba+III board. (BX chipset)
  2. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    If there is no problem after it boots up then what is the problem? Have you gained a noticable speed boost? Is it stable? If so I don't see boot time as being critical?

    How often do you reboot? When I ran Win2k I only rebooted about once a week unless required by an install or something.
  3. Mudshark

    Mudshark Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 143

    it's the age old thing about wanting to know why..... when
    something is not working as expected.
    Kind of like if your car has a hard time starting, you should want
    to know why. ;)
  4. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    I'd say your hard drive doesn't like the overclocking, I don't think its Windows at all. I would say try a different hard drive, but obviously that isn't possible :p

    Try reinstalling W2k on that same HD, with the overclocking settings present. I'm pretty sure it won't do it.
  5. Mudshark

    Mudshark Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 143

    I have been tempted to re-install to a different drive... and like
    you suggest, with the overclock in place.... but I was hoping for
    an easier solution ;)
  6. Mudshark

    Mudshark Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 143

    Okay I reinstalled Win2k - still did it......so I installed win'98 - also
    did it. So now I'm back with the origional install (viva Ghost) but
    I have found out that it's the process of loading the system
    register that is taking all this time.
    For some reason the HDD is having a very hard time dealing
    with this task???
    I cannot figure out why, I'm going to swap out the drives and see
    if it's just that one.
    other than that I don't know what else it could be.... maybe the
    it is the IDE controller .... but the Mobo is "designed"
    for OC'ing I just find it strange that it would do this.
    The cpu has run at well over 600 before with no problems...but right now
    it does not seem to matter how slight the OC is i.e. 103 fsb, is
    hardly an overclock, but it still does the same thing..... weird!
  7. Mudshark

    Mudshark Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 143

    okay ...... it turned out to be the HDD.... I swapped it out and now
    everything works just fine.
    Thanks for the input.
    :)

    okay this is the story.... the drive was an older type of drive,
    Windows labels it as a "type46" to be exact.
    These older drives have "slow" cache that, I have been told, does
    not like being over clocked.... no harm done.
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