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Slow boot up... sometimes

I have a clone computer that, all of a sudden, will take 2 or 3 minutes to fire up.  I know that this is going to happen when I turn the computer on and the DVD light comes on right away... otherwise all works normally.

So, when the DVD light comes on (right away), I can wait 2 or 3 minutes and then things fire up... sounds like the hard drive starts and you see the video screen then the bios, etc.

If I unplug everything (HD, CD and modem) the same thing happens (except that you don't see the DVD light right away).  It will take 2 or 3 minutes and then you see the video and bios screen and then HDD failure.
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Sheldon Livingston
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CallandorCommented:
Is this behavior happening all the time now?  Does it run normally after booting?  You may have a network device that is failing, like a network card or even a USB device.  Remove all network devices and try again.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
When it boots up AND I'm in Windows, it will periodically shut down.

I can boot up to a CD, for example, and it won't shut down.  Boot to Windows and give it a few minutes and it'll reboot.
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CallandorCommented:
If it's ok with a boot from a CD, you either have corrupt Windows drivers or malware.  Give your system a thorough scan with Adaware and Ewido.  You can fix Windows drivers by typing SFC /scannow in a command window.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks Callandor... any idea on the slow boot?
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CallandorCommented:
The slow boot may be due to the system searching the network, as I mentioned before.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
I remove everything... same thing...
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CallandorCommented:
Malware can also make the boot process slow, so investigate that.
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
It sits 2 or 3 minutes before the BIOS even comes up.
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CallandorCommented:
If it's before the BIOS screen comes up, it's a hardware problem, and likely a faulty power supply or bad capacitors on the motherboard.  Check your motherboard for things that look like this www.badcaps.net, but faulty caps may not look obviously bad.
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