Hi all, just got back from a 3 week vacation and I am now having some problems with my old Inspiron 8100. Before I left for vacation this machine was working fine, with no problems. I disconnected the power from the machine before I left. After getting back last night I plugged it in and turned it on. However, when the machine posts it does so in a very slow process that can take 5 minutes or more. When it progresses to the windows xp boot you can see the progress bar move for 3-5 seconds then the machine pauses/stops for maybe 10 seconds then continues to run in this start/stop cycle. I did notice that the machine lost the current date and time information while I was away.
Im going try removing the batteries, ram, hd tonight but if that doesnt fix anything I dont know what to do. Since this problem begins during the post I know it isnt a software problem. If anyone else has had gone through a similar experience I could use some advice.