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Very slow startup

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chrisco, Jan 25, 2007.

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  1. chrisco

    chrisco Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I started having a weird problem today.

    All of a sudden, my PC froze. (hard) I had to power off and on but it took a good 5 minutes b4 starting up.

    When I power on I get the bios saved manufacturer screen (Gateway) which also have the press F1 for BIOS setup or F10 for Boot menu. (I tried pressing both with no results)

    It stays there for 5 minutes or so then boots up normally...

    What might be the cause??? I suspect a hardware failure on its way but what?. I tried changing my boot HD with another one but same results. Also, nothing new was changed/added/installed.

    Any idea?

    Thanks! :D
     
  2. chrisco

    chrisco Thread Starter

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    Someone must have had a similar problem....

    Thanks!
     
  3. Rich-M

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    Sounds like power supply weakening but could just as easily be hard drive. I would download hard drive utility from whoever makes it and check the hard drive.
     
  4. chrisco

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    Power supply weakening might be the problem as I forgaot to mention that the problem started right after I installed my new video card (Nvidia 7600GS 512m) which needs power and I also installed a new flat panel.

    Will change the PS and will let you know.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Rich-M

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    OK let us know.
     
  6. chrisco

    chrisco Thread Starter

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    Changed the PS from 400 to 550 watts with no changes...

    Hard drives are not in cause. I changed them with no results either.

    What I found strange is that after the long wait it boots normally and runs as smooth and as fast as before...

    Any idea?

    Thanks!
     
  7. Rich-M

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    Having reread your post I am wondering if some piece of hardware verified by bios isn't dead or dying. When the intial startup is slow it is usually because the bios is looking to verify some hardware it cannot find. Why not reset bios defaults to optimum and check every hardware device to make sure it is working.
     
  8. chrisco

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    Weird... (y) :confused: :eek:

    Without changing anythig else, I turned off the pc last night, went to bed, and when I started it up this morning... The problem had vanished... The machine now starts normally ever since then. I let it heated a few hours to see, but nada... When I restrat it it works just fine...

    I will keep an eye on this and if something else comes up, will report it.

    Thanks for your help! (y)
     
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