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Laptop now takes several minutes to start, please help

I've had an Asus z71v laptop for about 2 months and things were working fine until just a few weeks ago when I began experiencing a weird start-up problem:

When I press the power button, the power light and the harddrive light come on, but then nothing happens for a few minutes (or sometimes not at all). Usually, I have to press and hold the power button (turning the laptop off) and try again several times before it does start. When it finally does start, the resolution is 800 x 600 and I get all these popups saying "new hardware detected." So, I have to choose "restart" and finally this causes my laptop to start up correctly with the normal resolution. As far as I can tell, the laptop appears to function normally once I successfully start it.

Here's what's weird: the problem only seems to occur if the laptop has been off for a few HOURS. If I'm using the laptop, then turn it off and try to start it a few MINUTES later, it seems to start up normally.

Here are my laptop's specs: Pentium M 2.0 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 60 GB 7200rpm HD, Nvidia GO 6600 128Mb, DVD/CDRW Drive, Windows XP Home.

Anyone have any ideas what might be causing this and any thoughts how to fix it? Thanks, in advance for any help provided.

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Sounds like a hardware issue.

In reply to: Laptop now takes several minutes to start, please help

Call it it ASAP so you get it attended to under warranty.

Bob

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Hardware or software issue -- I don't know what to think!!!

In reply to: Sounds like a hardware issue.

You seem to think it's a hardware issue as did a few people on notebookforums.com (in particular, they thought it was a RAM problem), but someone on notebookreviews.com thought it was a software issue. It seems like there is never any consensus regarding computer problems...it drives me crazy. For what it's worth, I did send an email to the people I bought it from and I'm awaiting a reply.

Does anyone else have any insight into what might be wrong?

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bios

In reply to: Hardware or software issue -- I don't know what to think!!!

sounds very much like something wrong with the bios. Try updating it if available.

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I agree with Bob --

Contact Asus right away and let them help diagnose the problem. If it is a hardware or Asus-installed software problem, it should be covered under warranty.

Frank

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