Why does my Mac Pro take so long to boot up?

Episode 1369 (12:57)

Dale from Santa Monica, CA

Dale is having issues with his old Mac Pro tower. He got a new Ben Q monitor and he has an intermittent problem where the boot up takes a long time before getting to the login page. Leo says that when you power up a computer, it has what's called a Power On Self Test (POST). Leo says it could be a monitor thing. A faulty cable or loose connection could cause it. Sometimes a USB device can hold you up. So try unplugging all your USB devices and see if it makes it faster. If so, then you have a flakey USB cable or device. Another thing to do is open up that tower and make sure all the cards and RAM chips are tightly seated, and haven't worked their way loose. Those should solve it.