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January 5, 2007, 2:03 am
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Pentium 4" logo for 14 minutes and 43 seconds,
then proceeds to the usual Windows XP welcome screen. This consistently
happens whether the computer has been off all
night, or if it's being rebooted after running for several hours. It's
been a problem for about 6 months now, so I
cannot swear, but I think it began about the time I installed Linus
Fedora and Grub to create a duel boot option.
About that time, I added a second internal IDE hard drive set as slave,
but the problem persists whether the second
hard drive is connected to power and data cable or not. The Fedora
partition and Grub boot loader are no longer on the
--windows recovery console's fixmbr command and fixboot C:.
--changing hard drive data cable
--disconnecting all DVD and slave drives (setting the boot drive to
--booting from DVD (still displays logo for 14 minutes, 43 seconds
--Checking cmos settings
--Replacing cmos battery
--Pushing all chips and cables to insure that they are seated correctly
--Calling Manufacturer tech support twice
First tech support guy suggested that the motherboard was failing - but
since the problem occurs for the exact same
amount of time each time, then boots normally and runs for days with no
system halts or other unusual behavior, it
doesn't seem like a failing board. The second tech support guy agreed
that it does not seem like a failing part since
the "Intel Pentium 4" logo lingers for the exact same time, followed by
a perfectly functioning system for as many
hours or days as I keep it running. He asked me to call back tomorrow
when "level 2" techs are in house. He agreed that it seems to be some
type of hardware issue since the computer hangs before getting past the
bios loading and memory checks ect.
OS is Windows XP SP2 Home edition.
Processor is Intel Pentium 4 Prescott 3 GHz
Motherboard is Micro-Star International model: MS-7060 Chipset: SIS
Bios: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Re: Bios, motherboard? 14 minute boot delay at Intel logo then fine.
I'd suspect you have a boot drive, drive cable, or bios boot
device setting problem.
Check the bios settings and connect only the one boot drive,
disconnecting opticals, etc. Make sure that drive is
jumpered correctly (if PATA) and if cable select, try single
or master (as applicable). If that works, add back the
other drives paying particular attention to their jumpering
(and rejumpering the boot drive if it needs now set to
master instead of single) and swapping in a different cable
if possible. If it's SATA, check the connector contacts if
system was operated in a dirty environment.
Re: Bios, motherboard? Fixed - Check this solution out!
I have a Medion Titanium MD 8084 XL. It has a smart media card reader
that a support tech told me can "hold a static charge" This causes the
bios to hang during repeated attempts to boot from it. Of course there
was nothing in the smart reader to boot from, and it never would have
occured to me to consider a static charge as a problem after 6 months of
reboots and handling.
He had me switch power off from the back of the machine and repeatedly
click the power on button on the front for 90 seconds. This procedure,
he told me, causes the motherboard to completly discharge, and
"somehow" depletes the charge in the smart reader. SURE ENOUGH, IT
WORKED!! First time in 6 months that the computer booted up immediatly
after switching it on.
I asked him how he discovered that solution - he said several other
callers had their systems hang at the exact same point in the boot
sequence and this discharge solution worked in the past.