Annoying WinXP Problem

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killah

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Any advice is appreciated.

Format and Re-Install on a Dell computer.
3.0ghz, 1 gig pc3200, 250gb 7200 rpm ide.

For some reason, the reload too a huge amount of time, 2 hours or so, just copying files over.
Now that windows is finally loaded, nothing is installed yet, no driver updates or anything, computer just finished install and is at desktop.
Computer is running VERY slow...30 sec or so just to turn off the welcome screen thing.
Anything I do, has a 10, 20, or longer second delay.

I have reloaded this 3 times, using different xp disk.
I have tested the memory (memtest) and found no problems.
I have tested the hard drive (SpinRite 6) and again no problems.
I ran a burn in to test MB/cpu and found no errors.

Any suggestions?

Thanks
 
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I would say to install the drivers - expecially chipset - and see if that improves performance. There may be a motherboard driver update that gets things running the way they need to be.
 
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If this is a typical Dell PC, they do not provide a driver install, motherboard or anything else.

Needs to go to the Dell site and find the driver downloads (note the plural) for the drivers for the Dell model or even specific PCI cards that were selected as options when ordered.
 
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"I have reloaded this 3 times, using different xp disk"

Did you use the disks you got from Dell?
 

killah

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yes, 1st time i reloaded, used the Dell Restore disk, other 2 were just oem winxp disk
 
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Typically Dell also provides a drivers disk as well. This would be to install any drivers not automatically detected and included with the base operating system. Do you have that disk?

If not, then go to Dell's web site and download whatever else you need.
 

killah

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I dont have the driver disk, I simply download the drivers from dell.
The problem is that is is running so VERY slow, after a fresh re-install.
It should be zipping along very fast, even if its missing the video, sound and lan drivers.
 
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In the device manager, at least make sure there are no yellow ! marks by any devices and that all motherboard drivers have been installed.
 
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