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    Exclamation LONG wait between BIOS screen and Windows boot.

    Trying to get a buddy's machine to cooperate. Not going so well. Turn the computer on and up comes the BIOS screen. It's the Intel logo and at the bottom says F8 for boot and F2 for entering the BIOS. Then you sit and wait, and wait, and wait some more. It sits there for about 2 minutes.

    After that, Windows boots just fine. It's like the BIOS is on the slow boat from Timbuktu.

    There's no problem with Windows, it's XP with Service pack 3. All updates installed. System is clean, no spy/malware. SMART shows the drive as fine, so does checkdisk. This seems to be a problem pre-windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odos270 View Post
    Trying to get a buddy's machine to cooperate. Not going so well. Turn the computer on and up comes the BIOS screen. It's the Intel logo and at the bottom says F8 for boot and F2 for entering the BIOS. Then you sit and wait, and wait, and wait some more. It sits there for about 2 minutes.

    Odos,

    Hello... Sounds like a BIOS setting ... Next time hit the "F2" and enter the BIOS setup and have a look around ... Some setting (system summery) is set to display that screen when booting up . Regards Fred

    PS: Also looks like "HW Monitor" (or some 3rd party software..ex: CPUID) might have a setting that does this...check this after booting up
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    What else is attached to the system that the intel POST is having trouble looking for/ or at?
    A lengthy POST can also point to faulty hardware.

    Besides all the above, Intel is not exactly famous for it's pretty and speedy POST screens.
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    There are several settings in the BIOS that will cause delays, just a few that come to mind are wait times assigned to devices that may not be attached (IDE drives, diskette drives, delays while system checks for a boot disk in the CD-Rom/DVD drive, delays in the PCI bus to check for cards and/or bootable ROM. As suggested you can look around. Here a a couple of links that will give you all you want to know about setting up the BIOS and in one case, way more than you want to know.
    http://pcguide.com/ref/mbsys/bios/set/index-c.html
    http://www.techarp.com/freebog.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
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    What else is attached to the system that the intel POST is having trouble looking for/ or at?
    A lengthy POST can also point to faulty hardware.

    Besides all the above, Intel is not exactly famous for it's pretty and speedy POST screens.
    All external drives disconnected. CD Rom and DVD drive both new. Just the 1 internal drive. When this machine was new, it booted up fast. This problem has shown up over the last couple of months. Oh, the power supply is new, the old one died.

    @ Fred. Just getting into the bios is a royal pain. You have to hold F2 for ages and then it doesn't always go into the bios. It may just boot into Windows. Repeated tapping of the F2 key doesn't do any better. When we were in the bios, all the settings looked fine. Made sure to make the DVD the 1st place to look, then the system drive. The machine is real picky. Sometimes (while booting) it sees the usb keyboard/mouse, sometimes not. Tried hooking up a ps2 keyboard/mouse and it doesn't recognize them.

    Saw no option to show an actual post screen. So, stuck with the Intel splash screen.

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    At the risk of being simplistic, might it be the button battery has died or is dying? I know that normally the symptom is the date not being kept and such like, but might it be causing this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odos270 View Post
    @ Fred. Just getting into the bios is a royal pain. You have to hold F2 for ages and then it doesn't always go into the bios. It may just boot into Windows. Repeated tapping of the F2 key doesn't do any better. When we were in the bios, all the settings looked fine.
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    Hello.. did you have a look at "Installed programs" that might be set ( configured) to show a "Hardware Summary" at boot time? Regards Fred
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Plain Fred View Post
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    Hello.. did you have a look at "Installed programs" that might be set ( configured) to show a "Hardware Summary" at boot time? Regards Fred
    The only program that shows any type of summary is Speedfan. And it doesn't show up until Windows is booted. This problem existed even before Speedfan was installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odos270 View Post
    The only program that shows any type of summary is Speedfan. And it doesn't show up until Windows is booted. This problem existed even before Speedfan was installed.
    Odos,
    Hello... the only other thing that i can think of is... Administrative tools>System Configuration>Boot ..Tab How is it set? Regards Fred

    PS: Sorry on XP..... it's Run>msconfig>Boot.INI tab....and the "General Tab"
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    Oh what a day! Started off trying to get into the bios. No go. Keyboard had power but it wouldn't recognize either the F2 or F10 keys. Just went right on by and booted into Windows. That got tiresome real fast. So, unplugged the hard drive, DVD drive and CD drive. Boom! Booted to the bios screen then right passed. Of course it showed an error about no drive. Not a problem. Hooked the hard drive back up. Went sailing through the bios screen right to Windows.

    Then hooked up the DVD drive. Same thing, right to Windows after showing the bios screen for about 30 seconds. Still couldn't get into the bios though. Checked and seen an update for the bios. Installed, updated just fine. Still couldn't get into the bios. Pulled the CMOS battery, checked voltage, was fine. Then pulled the bios jumper from normal and plugged it in for configuration. Rebooted, booted right into the bios. Made sure that the DVD was set first in the boot order. So far, so good.

    I had to leave because I had to get to the pharmacy. Oh, where it wouldn't see the PS2 keyboard, that was seen when it booted in the configuration mode. So that works.

    Now all he has to do is hit F2 on next boot and set date/time for the motherboard. Hopefully that goes well. Will find out tomorrow.

    Thanks everyone for the help/suggestions. Greatly appreciated.

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