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Old 08-28-2008, 11:59 AM   #1
fancylad
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long time for BIOS to read MBR


My desktop is about 5 years old now. Up until six months ago it would load the MBR right after posting. However now there is about a 5-10 second delay before I get the GRUB boot menu. Everything else seems to be working fine (although my primary HD died a few weeks ago, but I attributed this to age).

Any ideas what this might mean?
 
Old 08-28-2008, 01:45 PM   #2
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Did you clean up the computer every year , and I mean in the Box from dust and so on
Heat make also electric parts like CPU getting old.
The only way to prevent electronic from aging don not use it
Preventing heat and dust will slow the process
CPU exist of a lot of transistors ,when transistors become old the become sloppy
 
Old 08-28-2008, 02:01 PM   #3
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Yes my PC is pretty clean. I recently had a problem with random crashes and it not booting up for a period of time afterwards. I discovered that this was due to overheating. After cleaning the heatsink and reapplying thermal grease this solved that problem.

I'm just wondering if anyone knows what specifically could cause this problem or what it might be a symptom of (e.g., bad IDE controller, motherboard, BIOS corrupt, etc.).
 
Old 08-28-2008, 03:34 PM   #4
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If as you describe the problems occur due to overheating than there is some permanent damage .
How much I do not know
 
  


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