the boot screen is REALLY slow... here is a video: http://yfrog.com/5kfile18156z
not much more i can explain.
it's new computer build.
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Wow, that is impressively slow!
Have you tried the old standard of flashing a newer BIOS from your manufacturer?
To me it looks like some conflict with either the processor or graphics card and I suspect a BIOS update might fix it as I've had some different problems with mobos and graphics cards in the past.
Rewatching the video I really would vote for finding the latest BIOS and flashing it, it could be that you have the latest i5 processor and your machine needs an update in order to support it fully.
Been trying to remember what I can about the newer i5 processors and one thing I can think of is that the latest and greatest have a graphics processor on-chip (not on-die tho) with the cpu which could be causing conflicts with the P55 as it may not be aware of the possibility of an on-chip graphics controller. In order for the on-chip graphics to work I think you need an H57 based chipset. If you have one of these i5s I would expect a BIOS update to the mobo to fix the compatability issue and disable the on-chip graphics in favour of mobo or dedicated graphics.
Going back between the video and Gigabyte I would suggest you grab the F8 version of your motherboard BIOS and install it, the video suggests you have the F5 version. It looks like your processor is supported by the version you have but it may be that there is something else that the update will fix.
Otherwise have you tried resetting your BIOS to defaults and seeing if that helps?
Hey guys...Luke asked this question on my behalf. Finally found a fix. The video card needed to be in the 'master' PCI slot. I had it in the bottom one but switched it to the top and it boots fine. POST screen is only up for maybe 2 seconds now.
Can't believe I didn't try it earlier. It's kinda strange that the mobo has a preference on which PCI slot to use. Didn't see it mentioned in the manual.
Really appreciate all your help and suggestions. Can finally enjoy my new build. :)
I had a similar issue a while back that wasn't resolved. Maybe some of those suggestions will help you.
"See if the cpu cache is disabled in the bios."
"Strip the computer to the bare essentials--remove all the add-in cards, drives, etc, until it's basically CPU, minimal RAM, and oh, a floppy or something. If it's still slow, switch the floppy for a CD. Test the RAM in another machine. Test the video card in another machine. Swap power supplies. Basically, isolate the problem. If it's not slow, add items back in until it is. The last item added is either bad or has a conflict with an earlier item."
And finally, "Generally when a BIOS runs slow like that it indicates hardware damage--probably a short circuit, bad capacitors, or a chip was fairly close to letting the smoke out due to overheating."
Hope this helps!
Do you have any USB storage devices attached?
I had a problem with a pc a while ago where USB Legacy was enabled, with a 1TB external hdd plugged in. For some reason it would spend ages looking at that hdd and setting up USB Legacy. All I had to do was either unplug the hdd during bootup, or disable USB Legacy.
Simple solution, but its easily overlooked. I know it took me a few boots to realize what it was doing.