1. A clean boot. Noted widely I can't offer any link because there is no OS listed.
2. It could be a failing piece of hardware but I have no reason to suspect that. Why? Because boot times on those 1GB RAM VISA laptops surprise folk today and there is nothing wrong with the machines. This is how those machines work.
My Dell Inspiron e1705 (now several years old) is taking an extremely long time to boot (powerup). What can I do to solve this?