dell c521 slow to boot

  skyblue58 18:42 22 Feb 08
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My dell dimension c521 stalls during boot up on the dell bios screen.The boot bar sticks at half way and stops their for 5-10 mins before booting windows. Bios version is 1.1.04.. I have downloaded the latest bios version 1.1.11 and put it on my desktop but when i click on it is says something like flash bios failed make sure youre are logged onto windows as an administrator ,which i am..two problems really. many thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:52 22 Feb 08

Slow boot into windows is nothing to do with the BIOS

AN INCORRECT BIOS FLASH CAN RENDER THE MACHINE AS SCRAP.


Sounds more as if you have a corrupt driver, check device manager for errors against the devices. a, and reinstall / upgrade drivers.

You could also try a windows repair

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in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

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  skyblue58 21:57 22 Feb 08

i have no errors in device manager..im also running windows vista basic..thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:57 22 Feb 08

Boot from Vista DVD and select repair option.

  skyblue58 01:03 23 Feb 08

got a disk from dell which is a vista installation disk..gives you the option to install not repair..will this erase my data ,files pics etc if i install on top of my current vista windows

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