I am a Software Support Technician for a mid-sized company and have never
seen a problem like this before. My fellow techs don't believe me when I
My computer at home is a generic system with an AMD K6/2 400MHz processor
and 64MB of 8ns SDRAM memory. On 2 seperate occasions, Windows 98 SE
(Complimentary Technical Beta Edition) reduced to taking 18 to 20 minutes to
get to the login prompt. There are no errors on startup. No failures in
the bootlog.txt file. Safe mode only takes a minute or two. After I get to
the login screen the system returns to normal and all operations run
smoothly. The only way I have been able to correct this problem is to
format the drive and start from scratch. This will last for a few months
before it reverts to a 20 minute bootup process.
The system is a dual boot between Win98 SE and Windows 2000 RC3 Server. The
W2K files reside on a seperate partition from Win98 SE. The hard drive is a
Maxtor 8.4GB with two 4.2GB partitions. This is the second drive I have
used with the same results. The first partition is FAT32. The second is
NTFS v5 for use with Active Directory Services in Windows 2000.