Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Everytime I had to reboot one of the Dell PowerEdge 1950 we have, there are very long tests and with them the boot sequence becomes incredibly long.

Is there a way to turn off all these tests (or at least speeding them up) ?

share|improve this question
Do you have a PERC or any other RAID controller? Those add a good amount of time because it spins up each disk separately. – xeon Feb 10 '10 at 22:41
up vote 1 down vote accepted

If you mean incredibly long as in 2 or 3 minutes before you reach the OS loading, this is normal.

If you mean over 10 minutes before the OS begins to load, there's either a hardware problem, or some diagnostics have been enabled and not disabled again.

What information is coming up on the screen during these 'tests'? Can you reset the BIOS to clear it back to how it should operate?

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.