Re: Long Pause when Starting Windows XP Home Edition



Willie G.
07-10-2005, 12:11 AM
In the last month or so when I turn on my computer after the microsoft screen
everything goes blank for a second or so, and that the screen comes back up
but it goes blank again 2-3 times"tell me what to do about that,Thanks,Willie
G.
"Ron Martell" wrote:

> Bob S. <Bob S.@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
>
> >Everytime I turn on my computer, after the Dell screen the cusror stays in
> >the upper right hand side of the screen for over a minute then windows starts
> >up. This started happening a few weeks ago. In the past, this would only
> >happen when installing new software. Any suggestions?
>
> A pause at that stage of the startup process is usually caused by some
> delay in the Power On Self Test (POST) routines that are part of the
> system BIOS.
>
> Dell support should be able to tell you how to check this out further.
> My initial reaction would be to suspect some hardware component that
> is malfunctioning or is at least slow to respond. The hard drive
> would be at the top of my suspect list, not only because they are the
> component that is most likely to fail, but also because a hard drive
> failure is usually the worst possible single component to have fail.
>
> You might want to go into the BIOS setup and look at the detailed
> settings for the hard drive to see if S.M.A.R.T. monitoring is enabled
> for the drive. If it is not, and if the option to do so is present,
> then you should enable it.
>
> Failing this you should identify the actual manufacturer of the hard
> drive, go to their website, and download their drive diagnostic
> software. Run this to check out the drive.
>
> Good luck
>
>
> Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
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>
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>


Re: Long Pause when Starting Windows XP Home Edition