Booting Snag - tortuously slow

Dell Dimension 1100. O/S Windows XP Service Pack 3

When I switch on this computer the  screen opens (Bios screen), but nothing happens for 2 minutes. Then I get the following screen:

Phoenix Rom Bios Plus Version 1. 10a

Primary Drive 1 Not found
Secondary Drive 1 Not found

Strike the F1 Key to continue.

When I strike the F1 key the Windows XP opening screen comes up immediately and the remainer of the boot sequence is perfect.
How can I speed up the first part of the sequence.
Michael MurphyAsked:
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meradzConnect With a Mentor Commented:
On the POST screen (BIOS screen you referred to), take note of the drives it does find and what it does not find. Your settings probable are trying to automatically detect drives on all ports. Go into the BIOS setup screen and set the ports for the drives that do not have anything connected on them to "None".

There may also be a quick boot option that you can enable elsewhere in the boot options of the BIOS.

For more specific help, please provide motherboard manufacturer and model.
Michael MurphyAuthor Commented:
Will do this tomorrow and get back to you with the result
Michael MurphyAuthor Commented:
Thanks, it worked.
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