I have installed pega 8.3 personal edition. When i start the server by clicking on the icon pega start it takes approximatre 2 hours. then i am able to see login screen. But when i enter credentials i wont be able to login.
I've not installed personal edition for about 8 years, so I can't help you with any specifics there.
But as a general point for starting slow nodes, I'd enabled the Global DB trace (to see if the problem is with a slow DB). You should hopefully be able to do this by adding the following to your prconfig.xml file: -