Random Slow Bootups
Recently have had trouble with random, long (over 5 min) bootups. Happens about twice a week for no apparent reason. Bios screen and windows xp screen come up fine, then it goes black for a while. When windows finally does load, most of my games wont load (Battlefront 2, HL2 etc). IE6 comes up about 3 minutes after clicking the icon - but surfing the web is still fast on my cable connection.
I don't have any peripherals plugged in - no printer, game pad, or anything else.
After first having problem I reformated my hard drive thinking is was virus or spyware even though everything came up clean. Still happens about twice a week. When things work fine, I boot up in less than a minute and my games all work.
I have XP corp ed, updated with microsoft, Pentium 4 3.00 GHz, 768 RAM, Geforce FX 5200.
Could it be my ram or hard drives starting to show first signs or going bad?
Any ideas are appreciated.