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Peculiar Posting Problem

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I built my computer about a year ago and I have been having a consistent problem with posting after the computer has been turned off for longer than 30 minutes or so. I have no problems restarting the computer or turning it on immediately after it has been shut off; but if it has been off for a while, the light comes on and the fans spin, but there is no output to the monitor and there is no beep. I then have to hard reset it several times until it starts up properly.

I have cleared the BIOS, updated it, replaced the CMOS battery, upgraded the PSU, tested the memory, and reseated the RAM and cards: none of these attempts to solve the problem have made any noticeable difference. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.

Here are my specs:

M2N32 Deluxe Wireless
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+
2 GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000
EVGA GeForce 7600 GT
Sound Blaster Audigy
Seagate 300GB SATA hard drive
Windows XP SP2

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You could try to reformat your hard drive and see what that does. If that doesn't solve the problem, then I would suggest benching your system and finding out what part is at fault from there.
Thanks for the response! Benchmarking did not suggest any obvious possibilities, and I am somewhat hesitant to reformat my hard drive because I have a decent number of programs installed on it that would be quite tedious to reinstall. However, I believe I will try it; I am currently waiting for a video card replacement and I will give it a shot after that. If you or anyone else has any more suggestions, I would be grateful to hear them!

I have been continually playing with BIOS settings and various configurations (placing components in different slots, re-connecting everything, cleaning out dust, etc.) with inconsistent results - I have nothing better to do while I wait for my 8800GT to ship.

Interestingly, I have had better luck POSTing (in the normally problematic instances in which the computer has been turned off for a while) when the side panel is removed from the case. Nothing is seated in the side panel or hooked up to it - no side mounted fans or anything - it is merely a cover. Is it possible that the posting interruption is related to airflow? It is a vented side panel which allows airflow, but perhaps not enough? (My case is the common Cooler Master Centurion V).

Anyway, I have some more experimenting to do with it, which with my particular circumstances is quite time-consuming because it involves leaving the computer off for hours at a time before attempting to POST again. If anyone has any ideas or advice about the problem, please share! Thanks!
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