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Win Serv R2 30 Minute Boot/Shutdown/Reboot

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by darkpixel, Jul 16, 2007.

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  1. darkpixel

    darkpixel Thread Starter

    Jul 16, 2007
    I have been beating my head against the wall with this one.
    Just got a Gateway E-9520T for a customer. We spent the last week configuring it, installing updates, etc--but it's pretty much vanilla Windows Server 2003 R2 32-bit with exchange 2003. We haven't installed any of their customer applications yet.

    During the setup and testing we did everything from leaving it on at night, to shutting down over night, rebooting, etc...

    A few days ago it suddenly started taking around 30 minutes to boot and 30 minutes to shutdown.

    During the startup/shutdown the RAID array is going crazy. Tons of file access.
    When starting up it performs POST correctly, starts booting Windows (2003 Server Logo, with the little scroll thing at the bottom), and then the screen flashes like it's about to switch to graphical mode. But it hangs there with a blank screen for 30ish minutes.

    The morning this started we hadn't installed any new drivers, updates, applications, or anything. Just fired the box up.

    Gateway thought it might have been the MegaRAID card, so they sent a new one. No change. MegaRAID says their latest firmware fixes an issue that sounds like this problem. Updated the MegaRAID firmware, and it's still taking forever to boot.

    What I've done:
    Waited forever for the system to come up, rollback driver updates for the RAID card. (no effect)
    Booted off Gateway's recovery CD (at their request) and used it to reinstall the factory default drivers. (no effect)
    Booted off the Windows 2003 Server R2 CD and run a repair. (no effect)
    Booted with boot logging turned on. (MS is retarded and doesn't tell you how long drivers are taking to load)

    Anyone have any ideas?
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