i have a chaintech summit 7nil1, amd athlon 2600 barton, wd 200gb w/8mb cache, 512 ddr 2700, and an ati radeon 9600 pro. during the boot process my computer sits at a black screen for approximatly three minutes. the screen is after the second post screen and right before the windows xp pro load bar. during the screen my pc shows no signs of any hard drive activity. i have tried using a different harddrive with a different windows install and the problem was still there. once booted my machine runs very well. ive checked all my settings in the bios and couldnt find anything that was out of place. ive also thought of onboard raid or something of that nature but, have been unable to find any thing on my mobo that would cause such a delay. i would appreciate any advice. thanks kaiser
Is your BIOS up to date? Have you disabled virus warning in BIOS? I had this problem until I disabled that little feature at my place of work.
Have you scanned with a system diagnostic tester? They will force you to create a boot disk to run it from. They should at least test the CPU, Video Feed, HDD, FDD, CD Feedback, network and modem, and the RAM for problems. It could be something as simple as bad RAM and you will not know until it has been tested.