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Frozen (Sometimes) Dell BIOS Screen

We have an old Dell Dimension E521..  Every few boots, the BIOS stops half way (see picture below).  

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We turn it off and turn it back on and it works (most of the time).  Sometimes it needs a few more off and ons before it works.  Thoughts?
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Resetting BIOS. May help but likely a system board component refusing to initialise and sign of incipient hardware failure.  Have you run Dell's diagnostics on it?

Is that the point it fails or just an example screen photo?

Does it always stall at about the same point on the progess bar?
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here some things that can help :
verify the bios battery - it can be low; it should read 3 V; if not replace it
it can be a disk drive, taking longer to spin up - in the bios disable quick boot, to give it longer time