POST delay

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My POST has always taken just a few seconds.  Suddenly it now pauses after
the initial screen and before the memory count occurs.  The delay is right
at 2 minutes.

Several days ago I was loading a utility from a trusted site when my machine
got a major hiccup.  The hard drive started running in a loop, making the
same sounds repeatedly.  I finally got it stopped and when I rebooted, the
delay happened for the first time.

Everything runs normally after POST and bootup are complete. I have run a
couple AV/malware programs from the net and nothing was found.  I use MS

I have a P4, 2.30Ghz.  A Gig of memory.  The mobo and bios are about 3 years
old.  Running Vista Ultimate.

I read here where someone had a similar problem and removing the MOBO
battery to allow the machine to reset solve their problem.  It did nothing
for mine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.  It's not a big problem, but mostly
an aggravation.

Re: POST delay

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Run the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic and post the Everest SMART report

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