Slow boot

Asus M4a785-m motherboard
February 2, 2010 at 22:08:41
Specs: Windows 7 64bit Pro
I recently bought the Asus M4A785-M mobo, but it takes an abnormally long time to boot. I timed it and it spent 1.5 minutes on the POST screen, 45 seconds on a black screen with a blinking cursor in the top left, then another 30 seconds to start Windows (although I think that's primarily a limitation of my HDD). In the end, I had to wait at least five minutes before my computer had completely settled and was ready for whatever (meaning, the HDD stopped making accessing noises at the end of startup). I have disabled Asus Express Gate, enabled Quick Boot, and have set boot priority list to the HDD only. I am using the onboard HDMI (no video card...or any PCI's at all). My processor is a quadcore AMD Athlon II 620 Propus 2.6GHz. I have 2x1GB Patriot 800MHz 4-4-4-12 RAM.

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#1
February 3, 2010 at 09:44:22
I'm thinking that maybe my power supply is the problem. I checked on Antec's website with their power supply minimum recommendation calculation, and it suggested that I should have a unit which outputs 420-450W given the items I have in my desktop. My PSU has a maximum at 380W. Could this difference in power be the problem?
Another item which I think could be a problem is that my memory, albeit the specs fit the mobo requirements, the brand is not on the list of RAM vendors in the mobo manual. Could this really be a problem?
So far, everything works, it's all sluggish though.

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#2
April 4, 2010 at 09:51:22
Hi. I am having the EXACT same problem with my Asus M4A785-M mobo. Did you ever resolve it. I've tried different hard drives, ram & power supplies. Very frustrated!! I would greatly appreciate any help or info you, or anyone, may have. Thank you.

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#3
April 4, 2010 at 10:16:29
Hi, Some additional info on my earlier post:
I also see in the BIOS (on a cold start) that my primary master drive is not recognized until I hit enter on that drives' line. It then says "new device found (or similar) ... please reboot. After rebooting, I get the EXACT delays that addasc was getting. I have swapped out everything I can think of (ram,ribbon cable, PSU, CPU, and different hard drive) I've built three systems around this board and they were all perfect. Now I have two more to build and this is what's happening with both boards. I find it highly unlikely that two mobos have the exact same failures, I'm missing something.... please help!!!

Hardware:
ASUS M4A785-M
Athlon II X3 440 3Ghz
Kingston Hyper-X DDR2 1066
Antec Earthwatts 430W P.S.
Maxtor or WD IDE hard drives (jumper on Master)


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#4
April 4, 2010 at 13:11:39
I FIXED IT!!! Doing endless searches on this subject, I finally found the right forum where someone had fixed theirs. It was a simple jumper setting on the HDD. Switched it from master to cable select and walah, speedy boot times returned. I said the first three systems were fine, right? Well, I used new SATA drives in them. The last two that weren't fine, I re-used their old PATA drives. I set the jumpers to master like I always do, as the drives were on the master end of the ribbon cable. Why this board needs to see the drives jumpers on cable select instead of master is anyones guess. The board's manual says "cable select or master" in the jumper settings chart for a single drive system. Obviously, this is not the case. Maybe it's a board revision issue, who knows. My boards were Rev. 1.01G, flashed with the latest BIOS (0702). I hope this helps out others with the same issues. Good luck!!!

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#5
April 4, 2010 at 13:32:19
Oh, right! I forgot I had asked about this. I had to do the same
as you're describing - set the HDD to cable select. Now my
computer boots quickly as expected. I'm glad you were able to
figure it out as well. Sorry for not following up on this sooner.

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