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Hi I have a quick question. My computer sometimes takes a while to POST at the memory test step. Maybe 30-50% of the time. Does this sound like a memory issue or a MOBO issue or is it even possible to tell at this point? I could try the other 2 unused memory banks if it would be worth my time. If it sounds like a memory issue I could invest a small amount of money replacing the memory.
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Are using the Microsoft built in test or something like MemTest? How long?
 

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It hangs during the memory test step of BIOS POST, I am not using a memory diagnostic here. Sometimes that step takes 5-10 seconds sometimes even longer. I have attached a picture. Thanks!
 

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What do the codes show?
 

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Screenshot indicates memory (RAM) is probably fine but is taking some time detecting IDE/ATA drives.

A PC of this age is more likely to have SATA drives, if there are no IDE/ATA drives, you could disable the IDE channels in the BIOS to save a little Boot time.
 

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@Corday what codes?
@starow That screenshot does not reflect where the pause is. It is inconsistent but when it does pause it is before the Memory Testing line. So it says Main Processor then CPUID then it pauses before Memory Testing.
 

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@Wrench97 The BIOS is currently configured to quick boot. It doesn't actually do a count up. I'll check to be sure but it doesn't count from 0 up to full. Also the pause is not consistent at all.
 

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@Corday If I use my PCI post code adapter will that output the codes shown on that page? Never actually used the thing before lol
 

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Yes. Also it stalls right before that memory testing step in the POST. Probably mobo or memory right?
 

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it's as old as the computer. i have two ram sticks so im gonna pop one out and go from there.
 

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So I got the same issues with only one stick installed for both sticks, and then the same issue relocating a stick to a previously unused bank.
 
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