How come my computer takes over 30 minutes to boot up?

by on November 9, 2012

Q: I have a Dell Inspiron 1526. When I attempt to start my computer, nothing happens – it finds the CD drive and tests for the battery, but in order for me to get the computer running, I have to power off/on multiple times (sometimes for over 30-45 minutes) before it will boot up. When it does, its fine. I have tested all my peripherals and they all work and do not cause any problems with boot up. When I turn the system on, I get a blank black screen. I have run all diagnostics I can think of and all are fine. My bios are 2007, but I cannot update, because my battery will no longer take a charge, and I cannot afford a new one right now. I am running Vista Home Edition. Can you please help me figure out what is happening? Thank you, Joe Stanard.

One Response to “How come my computer takes over 30 minutes to boot up?”
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    Since you mentioned that your BIOS battery is dead, that might be a contributing factor to the problem.

    I’m assuming the affordability issue is due to labor costs that someone quoted you (you have to do a LOT of laptop disassembly to get to the battery), the battery itself is only around $5

    If you’re interested, you might want to consider replacing the battery yourself. Instructions from the Dell Service manual are here:

    Also a video on youtube:

    and another instructional page that notes the battery you’ll need: