Slow boot up problem

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chrisboult

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I have an AMD Athlon 1200 which recently started having a problem on boot up. I now get a delay of 3-4 minutes when the machine sits at the 'Hit DEL to enter setup' prompt before the machine performs the memory check. Even if I hit DEL, the machine sits for 3-4 minutes. Once this is complete, the machine boots normally. I have tried re-seating all the PCI cards and SIMMs but to no effect. I have also replaced the CMOS battery.

Any ideas?
 
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It seems that's some sort of DMI problem.
Basically something in the BIOS takes long time to be recognized.
I suggest to start first by:
1. In BIOS if you happen to have" LOAD DEFAULT SETTING ( also called SAFE SETTINGS)" load those and see.
If that cures the problem , then go ahead and enable your "favorite" settings, one by one ( i.e. disable LPT port , disable COM1 port etc..etc.)
2. If that doesn't fix it, go ahead and strip down the pc. Take all the peripheral card out ( with the exception of the video card ) and boot up.
If that fixes the problem , great, then start to add one card at the time and see which one creates the problem.
3. If that doesn't help, them might want to try and move the cards to different slots. For instance leave the first PCI slot , after the AGP port.
4. Might want to think about re-flashing the BIOS.
Try those things first and post back .
HTH
 
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