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?'s on Bios Settings & slow response on loading applications!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by xzjdzg, Feb 5, 2003.

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  1. xzjdzg

    xzjdzg Thread Starter

    Feb 5, 2003
    Actually, I have 2 questions.

    1. I am looking for information on bios settings for the Soyo P4-X400Ultra motherboard. The information can come in the form of an email or the web address of a place that tells me about bios settings for my board. I am not that experienced with the bios settings and the manual does not elibrate on which settings are best. What I would like to know is what are the best settings for my system (shown below)?

    2. My second question is actually a problem that I can't seem to figure out. My system has been running well since I built it in Sept. but I have started to notice that applications are taking longer to load. I am not sure if this has been a problem from the beginning since I upgraded from a 800 Mhz and the new system being so much faster just never noticed. I can hit the shortcut to begin an application and it will begin by coming up in chunks...meaning that it loads pieces of the application over several seconds. For instance, the background shows up, then the menu, then the scroll bar, etc.

    I have tried defragging, scan disk, Norton SpeedDisk all in an effort to make the HD access faster. One thing that I did notice however is that the S.M.A.R.T. parameter will not stay enabled in the bios. I can set it and when I reboot, it will revert back to disabled. Not sure if this has anything to do with the problem or not.

    I would appreciate any and all responses.


    Soyo SY-P4X400 Dragon Ultra mobo
    P4 2.4b Intel chip
    ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
    (2) WD 80 gig, 7200 Rpm, 8mb cache Harddrives
    SB Audigy Gamer soundcard
    512mb PC2700 DDR Ram
    52x Lite-on CD
    16X40X10 HP 9700 series CD-Writer
    19" Samtron 96BDF flat monitor
    Win XP Pro
  2. Jtoast


    Oct 3, 2002
    basic bios info.....


    google "bios settings" and you will find TONS of webpages discussing this subject.

    for your second issue....

    1) download spybot/adaware to clean your system of cpu hogging spyware.

    2) clean your startup menu to conserve resources

    3) Vscan your system with current virus definitions

    after that, if you are still bogging down, we can get a little more indepth.
  3. xzjdzg

    xzjdzg Thread Starter

    Feb 5, 2003
    Thanks for responding so quickly. I am grateful.

    The bios tip was also ehlpful but I haven't spent the time research the site as of yet. I will though and may have more questions to post here.

    As for my other problems, one thing that I did do was to turn off Norton auto-protect. This alone was really slowing down the system and was causing a majority of the problems. As for the other 3 tips, I have already done this before posting.

    If you might have any other ideas, please post them. I still need to figure out the S.M.A.R.T. bios problem.

    Thanks again,
  4. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
    The SMART(Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology) thing in the BIOS can only be enabled if your hard drive supports it. Not all hard drives support it. I personally dumped Norton ages ago for that very reason.....HUGE resource hog. Post a list of all the applications running in the background.
  5. jakoval


    Oct 28, 2001
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