Recently I've been experiencing a large delay in the time my PC takes to boot up. The boot up process halts at the initial black screen with the 'Press Del for Setup' message. Some 3 or 4 minutes later, the memory check begins and the boot up proceeds to the Windows XP login screen.
I haven't made any changes to the BIOS settings, and don't know why there is this delay. Any advice would be appreciated.
Try unplugging all the drives, and setting them to absent (disabled) in the BIOS - including the floppy.
Does it still pause?? If not add them back one at a time. I've got a vague recollection that the floppy drive could cause this - and if you don't often use it, you may not notice it's not working, when you're using Windows.