About hit 2 or 3 notes this may be normal for your machine. But that information was not supplied in your post.
Slow boots are caused by many things. Look with the forum seach for the STARTER utility and see what's running at startup.
I have a Win98SE system which works fine except for a hesitation which occurs during the boot process.
It is a P3 866MHZ with no spyware, viruses and all the windows updates installed. I use AVG, Adaware, Spybot, and update signatures often.
The system is on a home network with a Linksys BEFSR41 router.
Only the ethernet card, client for microsoft networking binded to tcp/ip protocol, and file sharing are installed.
It occurs at the Microsoft Networking log on screen.
It seems to lock up for about 30 seconds.
I can enter my password in the box and hit enter at this point, but there is no reaction from the monitor.
Once the delay is over the password can be seen entering and the log on takes place as normal.
I beleive the system is trying to intialize something during this time.
I checked the boot log but can't find anything.
I did notice that in my hardware devices there is a device called "TAPE DEVICE DETECTION" or something similar anyway, which I don't have on my system.
Tried removing it but it comes back at reboot.
Not sure why, but could this be related?
What can I do to verify the cause?
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