10 Minute Hang At BIOS Screen

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  1. alphamini

    alphamini Junior Member

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    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.

    Specs:
    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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  3. hennessy1

    hennessy1 Golden Member

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    sounds like you have a slow memory or extended memory test selected/enabled in bios.
     
  4. GAZZA

    GAZZA Golden Member

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    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.
     
  5. alphamini

    alphamini Junior Member

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    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.
     
  6. GAZZA

    GAZZA Golden Member

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    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.