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XP BIOS Startup Delay

By ianc68
Jul 17, 2008
  1. When I reach the stage of "Verifying DMI Pool Data" in the BIOS boot, the screen remains blank for about 3 minutes before I get to the XP startup screen. This has only occured after I disconnected an external USB disc drive. If I reconnect the drive there is no delay in the boot sequence. I've tried ejecting the drive and rebooting but the problem remains. The PC has a Phoenix Award bios but I can't find any options in the setup that correct the problem.
     
  2. bobl61

    bobl61 TS Rookie Posts: 25

    Did You try uninstalling the driver for the USB disc drive?
     
  3. ianc68

    ianc68 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I haven't specifically installed a driver for the USB drive - I just plug it in.

    Since I've had the problem I have reformated the hard disk and reinstalled Windows XP and I have also reset the BIOS by disconnecting the battery.
     
  4. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,638

    the easiest way ot fix that is to make sure u do not have the USB hard drive plugged in when u install windows then the usb drive will not be looked for in boot.
     
  5. tweaks_sav

    tweaks_sav TS Rookie Posts: 190

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