Everything about my Alienware Area-51 ALX is fantastic, but there is one thing I'm wondering about:
The Power-On Self Test (POST) that you get when you turn the machine on takes anywhere from 70 seconds to 2 minutes. Typically it's 75-80 seconds. What it will do is spend about 35-40 seconds with the blue bar (bootup meter under the startup wallpaper) at 25%, then ramp quickly up to 75% and hang there for half a minute or more before reaching the "Starting Windows" screen.
I'm wondering if that's normal or if there's something I need to examine in the BIOS to correct the long power-up time; once the POST is complete everything is fast as lightning.
I'm using BIOS Revision A11, released 8/15/2011 and I don't see any "Quick Boot" options, so I've set it such that the hard drive is the only boot device and not to try to boot off of anything else.
Thanks in advance.
Thanks Bev! I'm not as good at navigating the forums as I used to be. With luck someone in the Alienware club will at least tell me what their POST times are, if nothing else.
I appreciate the help.
That is about the same POST startup time as mine. I'm running 2 videocards, 1 sound card, and 6 drives on the onboard raid controller.
When I was having problem with BSOD on video card if I restarted it too soon it would hang forever at the 75%. so that part might be where it is talking on the PCI bus to see what is there.
Short answer. that post time seems normal to me.
Alienware: Area-51 ALX
Processor: Intel Core i7 975 Extreme @ 3.33GHz
OS: Windows 7 Professional, 64bit Windows 10, 64bit
HDD: 3 x 1.5TB SATA-II, 7200rpm, 32mb cache HDDs
Memory: 12GB Triple-Channel 1333MHz DDR3
Graphic: 2x ATI 5970 XFX R9 295x2
Sound: Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Mouse: Microsoft Sidewinder Razor Naga
Keyboard: G15 : AlienwareTactX
Media Card: 19-in-1 Media Card Reader
Optical Drive: 6X BD RW
Power Supply: 1.1 1.5KW Power Supply
Alienware: M11 Netbook
GSA 11 Information Technology Specialist
Mine takes about 45sec to boot the BIOS and another 11sec to boot into windows. Yours seems to take a little longer then mine but mine stops at 25% just like yours.