System freezes temporarily on startup

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OldMan38

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I just had installed a new CDRW (Philips 1200 Series 12x8x36) and added 128mb ram to my 32mb ram on an EMachine Pentium Cyrix II MMX 366.

My friend who builds computers installed the CDRW and the mem for me. He couldn't figure out the problem:

When my system boots and gets to the Windows 98 splash screen my system freezes for like 30-45 seconds then proceeds to boot normally. I asked a so called expert at CompUSA about the extra memory and he said he installs components on "EMachines" all day long and adding 128mb of ram was fine and I wouldn't have any problems.

What's the cause?

Thanks :)
 

Max19

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Take out the 128MB memory chip. If the computer boots normally, the problem is the memory chip. If it still boots slowly, we'll try something else.
 
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That's not too long of a wait, it may just be testing the additional memory. Does the CD-RW work correctly and does Windows show 160MB of RAM if you right click My Computer, select Properties, and the Performance tab? When the Splash screen is displayed hit the Esc key and post what is shown, which will tell you what may be running causing the wait.
 

OldMan38

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Yes everything works normally other than the long pause. Yes it shows 160mb of mem. Also, the CDRW works fine.

It was just that on the bottom of the screen the scrolling blue and gray colors stop for about 30 seconds and the light that flickers on the pc when the system is booting up stops flickering.

You are probably right about the system reading the extra memory. I'll do what you suggested at bootup and post the results.

Thanks :)
 

TonyKlein

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Sometime's it can also be your antivirus starting up, and in that case it's a timing conflict.

Try configuring your antivirus not to load when Windows starts, and see whether that makes a difference.

If it does, you'd have to make it start up from your Startup folder, instead of from the Registry.
That would correct the problem.


Good luck,
 
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