W2K winlogon and disappearing modem problems

After using Win98 with no problems for some years, I decided to do a clean install of Windows 2000 + SP3 so as to be able to install the .NET Framework SDK. Here are my problems:

  1. After W2K boots, my hard drive is like going nuts for 1 minute (like it’s reading a lot of files) and then everything’s fine. Task manager showed that the process responsible for this was winlogon (cpu usage: ~25%, Pentium II 400Mhz). I cannot find a way to stop this. I’ve read that an anti-virus loading at start-up could be responsible, but this happened with no anti-virus too.

  2. The most frustrating thing is that sometimes after I boot, the modem disappears from Windows! I mean, the Hardware wizard tells me it’s there and it’s working properly, but it’s not listed in the Device Manager and I cannot connect to the Internet. It’s an ISDN terminal adaptor in COM1. I’ve read that perhaps W2K doesn’t “see” it sometimes when it boots, that’s why it will not list it (Plug ‘n’ Play shit).

Does anyone think I should try W2K + SP2, instead of SP3?

Thanks for your time :slight_smile: