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Old 06-13-2007, 12:24 AM   #1
alphamini
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Default 10 Minute Hang At BIOS Screen

When I boot or reboot my computer it hangs at the BIOS screen for about 10 minutes before completing the boot process. The last line on the screen when it's hanging is usually "MEMORY" and about 9-10 minutes later it will say memory test OK and then continue. I was going to reformat my hard drive with DBan Boot & Nuke and reinstall Windows, but it said there was an error usually caused by bad hard drive sectors. However, even if I try to boot the computer without the hard drives connected it does the same thing. I've disconnected everything besides the video card, sound card, one hard drive, one stick of memory, and my DVD drive with no luck. I ran Memtest86 which showed no errors. I'm not sure if this is related or not, but when I go to burn a CD, Nero doesn't get past initializing the burn and the error says "Power Calibration Failed." Could this be a problem with the power supply? Sorry about the length of the question, just trying to give as much info as possible. Thanks.

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Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 LGA 775
Intel Core2 Duo E6600
Corsair XMS2 1GB RAM
EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 640MB
SoundBlaster Audigy2 ZS
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit
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Old 06-13-2007, 01:28 AM   #2
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Default 10 Minute Hang At BIOS Screen

sounds like you have a slow memory or extended memory test selected/enabled in bios.
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Old 06-13-2007, 09:39 AM   #3
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Default 10 Minute Hang At BIOS Screen

Sounds like you have hard drive issues.
I would double check your hard drive/s to see if you have any issues.
Run chkdsk at command prompt and check the drive for errors.
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Old 06-13-2007, 11:49 AM   #4
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Default 10 Minute Hang At BIOS Screen

If it was hard drive issues, would it still be doing it even when I started the computer with no hds attached? When I try to run chkdsk at the command prompt in Vista is says "access denied - you do not have sufficient privileges. you have to evoke this utility running in an elevated mode." I'll check the BIOS settings about the memory, it's just a pain in the butt because when it's "hanging" it doesn't respond to keystrokes, I have to wait for that two second window when it continues booting.
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Old 06-13-2007, 03:23 PM   #5
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Default 10 Minute Hang At BIOS Screen

OK should have read your whole post, my bad.

Have tried running the pc with just video, hard drive and one stick of memory? Change memory slots?
If it does same thing try another stick of memory.
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