I just went out over the weekend and purchased a brand new system at the computer show. I migrated most of my hardware from my old system, and here is the present configuration:
Intel 850GB Motherboard
ATX 300W 12V Power Supply
Primary IDE Master: Quantum 15GB Fireball
Primary IDE Slave: Maxtor 60GB
Secondary IDE Master: Plextor 8x4x32 CD-RW
Secondary IDE Slave: BDV 108A DVD
Elsa Gladiac (Geoforce2 GTS, 32MB) Video Card AGP
SB Live! Value
3Com 10/100 Ethernet
Generic TV Tuner Card
I spent yesterday installing all of the above in a new case. I blew away the contents of my Quantum Drive, and after installing, tried booting from both the Floppy and CD-ROM with the same problem. The new Intel P4 board shows a cool Splash screen while BIOS things are processing (which can be viewed by hitting escape)...and after successfully loading RAM / Drives, it begins booting from the Floppy or CD-ROM and then hangs for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes, it continues to boot...and things seem to work just fine. Interestingly enough, the 'booting' from Floppy or CD-ROM starts at first, displaying the first usual line of text, like, "Windows Boot Disk loading" or "Windows is examining your system"....and then sits for 5 minutes. During this time, the HD Light stays on (but the HD makes no noise)...flickers maybe once or twice over the 5 mins, and then all of the sudden the boot process kicks into high gear.
I am technical, so I have gone over the BIOS settings, and seen nothing odd. I have it set to Boot from Floppy, HD, CD-ROM (right now, I changed it to CD first when installing my O/S, then put it back). The Intel board shipped with the most up-to-date BIOS (P14), but for fun I flashed it anyway with the latest from intel.com.
I have since installed Windows XP, and now it begins booting....sits for 4-5 mins, then fires up Windows. I have troubleshot this one to best of my ability, and have reached by limit. I welcome any and every suggestion, and will respond with further info as required.