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5 minute reboot - BIOS issue?

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  1. C Ray

    C Ray Thread Starter

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    I have a several month old Dell Dimension 4600 running WinXP Home, with dual monitors, which runs great, I'm happy. If I have to reboot for some reason, everything shuts down fine, but system shows the F2/ F12 screen briefly, then goes to black screen with the underline cursor
    for 5 minutes! After 5 minutes, the HD kicks in, XP loads normally and everything runs fine. Scanning through the various BIOS setup items, Fast Boot is on, system is set to boot from C: first, then CD; and there dont seem to be any "weird" or obviously wrong settings of any kind. Any suggestions?
    I have also run msconfig and gone though turning off start up programs, etc. but once loading XP begins, everything runs fine, just takes 5 minutes to start...
     
  2. Lurker1

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    Not sure but try turning off USB legacy emulation in the computers bios. That is known to cause problems with certain types of mice and USB devices in a few dimension systems. Does the computer take this long to boot up initially or only on a reboot?
     
  3. JohnWill

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    Besides the USB, having network adapters that don't have a connection can sometimes extend the boot time. If you have unused network adapters, try disabling them.

    I'd also remove ALL external devices and try rebooting, that might narrow it down to a specific device.
     
  4. C Ray

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    Thx 4 your reply, no diff btwn initial boot and reboot, same 5 mins.
    Rgds,
    CR
     
  5. C Ray

    C Ray Thread Starter

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    thx 4 your suggestions, I'll try them b4 trying the BIOS update that
    Dell has posted, which I'd like to avoid doing.
    btw, Dell email support suggested re-installing the O/S!
    which seems a bit drastic.
     
  6. C Ray

    C Ray Thread Starter

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    Changing the USB legacy emulation to "No Boot" from "On" has "fixed" the problem,
    but what have I actually done?
    Rgds,
    CR
     
  7. Lurker1

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    If you had anything connected to the USB port the Dell will try to boot from it with USB legacy emulation enabled. Even if the device is not bootable. There is another problem with a conflict between the Ps2 mouse port and the USB port which disabling the legacy emulation fixes. If you are not booting off a USB device you don't need legacy emulation enabled.
    I'm glad you got the computer running better. :)
     
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