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Loooong boot time

Hiya, for a while now, when i turn the computer on, it starts with an amber light, then progressively flashing from amber to green with signs of life, then it comes on OK but says that there is a problem at checkpoint Ithr...once the PC is up and running there's no problem (just ocassionally cuts to a blue windows screen but this is rare). today it took 30 minutes to boot up. any ideas?
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A Blinking Amber or Yellow power button means that the power supply is receiving power from the source but is unable to properly distribute it to the components. This can be caused by a defective power supply or a defective motherboard. Just to make sure that nothing else is causing the problem, remove any PCI cards like modem, video card, sound card, etc... Remove the memory modules and disconnect cables to CD/DVD drives. Look at the USB ports to see if any are damaged.



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