Long Boot Times
Ive had my computer for a little more than 4 years now. I built it myself and have only had a few minor problems over the years, all software related. As of late though, my computer is taking forever to boot. When I turn on the computer it takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 12 hours just to boot up. The problem is, the BIOS isn't loading. When I hit the power button, I the computer fans turn on, but nothing else seems to happen. Then at seemingly random times (again, ranging from 15 minutes to 12 hours) the BIOS fires up, and Windows loads in about 45 seconds. After windows is loaded, the computer runs with no problems. I can burn DVDs, play WoW... all of the things I normally do on my computer with no noticeable speed difference. Ive also noticed that restarting the computer does NOT cause boot problems. It only happens when I am trying to boot up from a cold start (ie. the computer has been turned off for a while). Ive taken to just leaving my computer on 24/7 but that is not going to fix the problem, it will only mask it.
I thought that maybe the Motherboard might be going out (hence the problem loading the BIOS) but am not really sure. Any ideas what could be causing the problem? Could it be the battery on the motherboard?