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A friend's PC takes like 3 minutes to get past this part...
What in the world could be causing this?

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Several things...
A hardware conflict with the BIOS config.
An old BIOS version that may not be compatible with a hardware device.
A weak MB battery having the inability correctly retain the BIOS data in the CMOS chip.
    
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Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
Several things...
A hardware conflict with the BIOS config.
An old BIOS version that may not be compatible with a hardware device.
A weak MB battery having the inability correctly retain the BIOS data in the CMOS chip.
I see...

I was guessing along the lines of something set incorrectly in the BIOS.

Who knows, he had some guy he knows build it for him, not me.

I'll try those things out, thx.
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Maybe the system is searching for hardware that is not there and that would take time, make sure to disable anything he isn't using, for instance, if he has a dedicated sound card such as a Creative SB or X-Fi, disable the onboard sound controller. Also, as a first boot put Hard Drive and disable 2nd and 3rd boot.
    
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A friend's PC takes like 3 minutes to get past this part...
What in the world could be causing this?
Dezixn, is your buddy running any large hard drives? ie. 250GB ect
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There might be a BIOS setting called "Quick Power On/Self Test" that you can disable for faster POST, but you would see the memory test running (sometimes 3 times) during POST.

A bad power supply could cause this, as well as bad memory or Video Card. Anything really. Also I agree turn off all hardware in BIOS that is not installed or being used, such as RAID, Serial Port, Game Port, etc...

If this thing becomes chronic, you might start pulling components off the box and see if the problem goes away. 3 minutes is WAY to long to POST, so if it is not doing a memory check during POST, there is definately a problem.
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Originally Posted by Donnie Darko View Post
There might be a BIOS setting called "Quick Power On/Self Test" that you can disable for faster POST, but you would see the memory test running (sometimes 3 times) during POST.

A bad power supply could cause this, as well as bad memory or Video Card. Anything really. Also I agree turn off all hardware in BIOS that is not installed or being used, such as RAID, Serial Port, Game Port, etc...

If this thing becomes chronic, you might start pulling components off the box and see if the problem goes away. 3 minutes is WAY to long to POST, so if it is not doing a memory check during POST, there is definately a problem.
Good suggestions Donnie. I would also try disconnecting ALL IDE devices and see if it can POST properly. The bios might getting hung up on an IDE device.

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At the point of bootup you see on the screenshot the BIOS is about to do memory checking. Its the first thing it does after post. So I'd say its memory related. Perhaps a suspect module? Is your friend running different speed modules? Tried different DIMMS?
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Look at the pic he posted. It shows his BIOS as being from 2004. Wonder if that isn't the problem. BIOS flash ?
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Good suggestions Donnie. I would also try disconnecting ALL IDE devices and see if it can POST properly. The bios might getting hung up on an IDE device.
Yeah, make sure you have the correct Master/SLave jumper settings on the IDE drives, or i'tll hang alot
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