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Bootvis - Number of Physical drives in the trace file is 0

I have a Dell 9100 with Dual Core CPU and 1GB memory running XP Professional. This PC is very slow at boot time. Even once it is up it is slow and constantly making churning noise. The hardware test reports that all the hardware is functioning with not failures. I came to know about Bootvis which helps debug and detect issues that occur during the startup. When i ran the utilitiy it is complaining about "Number of Physical drives in the trave file is 0" when i am trying to analyze the bootvis trace file. Has anybody encountered this error or know about this error. Would appreciate any help since Dell is refusing the support since this falls under software and not hardware.

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(NT) (NT) What changed since it worked fine?

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Bootvis - error

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Nothing changed. It never worked fine. That is why i am trying to figure out things on my own. Do you have any idea why bootvis is failing with the error that i have mentioned? Any help is much appreciated.

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Never worked fine is a clue.

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That could mean it's the usual. Someone installed this OS and wasn't told about Microsoft's lack of driver savvy. Bootvis was discontinued some time again so you may find less about that than you desire. I know I won't write about it since... it's dead and was not updated.

Tell in gritty detail how the OS was installed. Tell in detail what version drivers were installed or if none, that's the big clue.

In closing, XP will fall back on the DMA settings without visibly showing it did that. No fix is planned but I find it simple enough to flip all IDE channels to PIO and back to DMA as noted in a link I'll supply. I'll note that some look but don't execute or some write it off as "doesn't apply to me." Some don't follow the steps to the letter and flip it.


Best of luck,


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