POST Delay Normal to 2 hours

By Jerome 840
Sep 11, 2005
  1. I am hoping this is as simple as it seems. A Windows XP computer built about 2 1/2 years ago AMD 2100 with Antec power supply has been operating normally until two or three weeks ago. If the computer is turned off completely (i.e. unplugged from the wall) and then turned back on the next morning, it can turn on normally but it can also take up to two hours for it to suddenly POST and from that point it runs normally. Some drive lights come on and then it will suddenly post normally after a long delay.

    Also odd behavior is this: The computer will do an XP software shutdown but remain partially on, especially blue light installed in the case. (This is the reason I have had to completely unplug it at night sometimes).

    Failing power supply? Or possibly a more scary failing C drive? Is it clearly one or the other? If not is there a way to distinguish which it is?

    Mcafee and Spybot are up to date, always on and detecting nothing...

    The C drive data has been backed up to the D drive.

    Let me know what you think....
  2. ROFL so you sit there for two hours sweating buckets HAHAHAH .. maybe try changing the mobo CMOS battery, resetting the CMOS via jumper settings on the mobo (or unplug the battery for like 2 min .. better make it an hour since you like waiting) .. make sure you've got all the settings in CMOS right afterwards, like size of RAM of your GPU, plug-and-play os, advanced power settings etc. ..
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