08-01-2012 08:43 AM
I have a 30 computers HP Compaq 6200 Pro SFF that are installed with WindowsXP Professional, all of them it's taking a long time to start up,.The computer shows "Windows XP loading" then the black screen appears for about 20 min until the logon screen appears. In two of them i have installed the Windows 7 Professional, and everything is working ok.
Can someone suggest me what schould i do in this case to avoid installing Windows 7, couse we need XP for our working enviroinment.
08-01-2012 08:47 AM
Do you have Microsoft Net Framework 4 on the XP PC's?
I have found that MS NF 4 slows down the boot up process considerably on XP, where it has no effect on Vista or W7 PC's.
I keep my XP PC's at Net Framework 3.5.
Did you change the controller setting to IDE or did you leave it on AHCI?
08-02-2012 02:35 AM
Thank you for your quick replay.
The controller settings have been changed to IDE when i've installed the operating system. I have installed Net Framework 3.5 and still have the same problem.
08-02-2012 05:58 AM
Try changing the SATA controller setting back to AHCI in the BIOS, after you install the SATA AHCI driver using this step by step procedure:
1. Install the chipset driver first & reboot:
The following steps are used for installing AHCI drivers in Windows XP operating system installed using the IDE mode.
2. Download AHCI driver from downloadcenter.intel.com (second download listed 32 bit) then extract the files to a folder you name. Put the folder on your C: drive and remember where you put it so you can browse to it .
3. Right-click the My Computer icon, click Manage, select Device Manager
4. Click the + symbol beside IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers , this would show the devices under this category.
5. You will find the Intel native SATA storage controller driver installed.
6. Right-click the Serial ATA storage 4 Port controller listed, and click Update Driver .
7. In Welcome to the Hardware Update Wizard, select No, not this time. Click Next .
8. Select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) . Click Next
9. Select Don't search I will choose the driver to install . Click Next
10. Click Have Disk
11. Click Browse
12. Select location: c:\folder you saved ACHI drivers to.
13. Select iaAHCI.inf
14. Click Open
15. This will list several SATA AHCI Controllers. From this list, select the Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA AHCI Controller. Click Next.
16. The Update Driver Warning will be shown. Click Yes
17. The driver will install, and completing the Hardware update Wizard appears. Click Finish
18. You can find the updated controller in the device manager.
19. During restart, press the F10 key and boot to BIOS setup utility . Go back to your device configurations sub menu and change the SATA Mode back to AHCI, save settings there (F10) and upon exit, save changes and reboot.
Now, the SATA driver is successfully installed and the desktop will boot into Windows with SATA Device Mode set to AHCI.
08-29-2012 01:19 PM
I am experiencing the same issues as the initial poster. The startup and shutdown times were about 11 minutes.
Uninstalling .NET4 made no difference.
I tried to follow the directions for installing the AHCI driver in the above post. The link to the drivers is broken. I found (what I believe to be ) the correct driver here:
(If this is not the correct driver, please let me know!)
I downloaded the second driver listed at the above page. I followed the directions to install it and to change the BIOS to AHCI mode for SATA operation. Unfortuantely, my boot time is actually longer now - close to 12 minutes.
Did I miss something?
08-29-2012 01:28 PM
Those were the right drivers and you must have done it right or the PC wouldn't boot.
Don't know why your PC is taking so long to boot.
I have an 8200 Eltie which is basically the same PC as the 6200 Pro.
I tested XP on mine and it had no problems running at all. Boot up time was fast as expected.
I used an XP Pro install disk from an HP nc6400 notebook PC.
I installed the AHCI driver at the F6 prompt using a USB FDD.
03-06-2013 08:06 PM - edited 03-06-2013 08:09 PM
my friend have the same PC. his problems are corrupted of the sound card driver and the booting time
if he install the AHCI driver in his computer, will the problem solved (the sound card driver problem) ?
there is no virus detected in his PC. and all the hardwares are in a good condition
03-07-2013 05:51 AM
It would be impossible for me to say.
The first thing you should check is if the BIOS is already set to AHCI. If it is, then that isn't the issue.
If it isn't, then I suggest he install the AHCI driver, change the BIOS setting to AHCI and see if that helps.
The default BIOS setting is AHCI so I don't know why it was changed if it is not on AHCI.