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Emachines desktop The emachines logo page which used to flash for about 10 seconds on bootup now is onscreen for 60-90 seconds and you have to wait while the hard drive is in idle. Startup is a pain. Is there any way to resolve the issue?

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  • DocAndy Jul 18, 2008

    After a lot of detective work, I now understand the problem. I had to get rid of the E machines screen so I could see what was loading behind it on start up. Turns out, everything was loading really well until it got to the USB devices. Then it hung up on device # 1 for the 90 seconds. Turns out that #1 is a multi-port, electrically-driven D-Link USB device. When I unplug it, it loads in about 10 seconds and you barely have time to read the screen. Device # 2 is the printer so I think what happened is that when I added the new printer, the USB multi-port became #1 and hung the system. I think it is looking to see if it has to boot off a device in the USB port. I know there has to be a switch to disable automatic booting off a USB device but I have no idea where to find it. At least we didn't have to reformat the drive and reload Windows XP. Thank you all for your help.

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Try re-seating your IDE cables incase if they're loose and the bios is attempting to locate a device that it can't contact properly. You could try and get into your bios and set all IDE devices to AUTO as opposed to the specific device entries shown.

You could try to restore default bios settings via the bios.. I've seen this step solve a few problems in the past - sometimes.

If you haven't made any changes to the hardware (adding a drive, cdrom ..) then I wouldn't worry about the master/slave/cable select setting. But if you did, (take note of existing jumper settings) and try and keep your devices on cable select. If it fails, try setting the end of the IDE cable device to Master and the one in the middle on Slave. Some boards prefer some settings over others. If you're still running into the same issue, then make sure the HDD is the only one connected to the IDE Cable and disconnect the second one.

Good luck

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Could be a sign of hard drive trouble or may need to reload the Operating System. Back up your data and do a system recovery with the cds the machine came with. That will erase hard drive and reload Windows. If still takes a long time to load chances are it is a hard drive starting to fail.

Hope this helps!

Posted on Jun 11, 2008

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