This is a strange issue that is occurring with my IPL (Initial Program Load) procedure. And, I do mean on 'THE INITIAL ATTEMPT'. It occurs on either of the dual-boot choices I make. The scenario is as follows: Hit Start button and watch as the process goes through the initial phases of the load, which goes swiftly by on the screen and I can't quote since I'm not a speed reader. We quickly get to the Windows Boot Manager screen where the 'OS' selection is made. I get a screen indicating that "Starting Windows" appears. Then no further activity - no more flashing LED light - no nothing. After running out of patience, let's give the restart button a quick jab and take it from the top! This time we will proceed as we would expect and will get (in addition to the normal stuff) the screen indicating that Windows did not load previously and make a selection. Of course, I choose 'Start Windows normally'. We will then see our usual IPL stuff with the Win 7 multi-color flag appearing in about 30 seconds total time. All is O.K. after this. The same is true if your choice is to go into the other OS (in my case 'Win XP'. It is rare for the system to go through an IPL in one shot. I believe the problem is not as prevalent if one does a re-boot from the other OS via the "RESTART" option on the LOG-OFF screen. The selection I make on the initial attempt to IPL makes no difference on what happens - the only thing different are the minor things in the two OS IPL procedures that one sees on the screen. This problem has not always been as such but has occurred since I had an issue with my HD and had to re-install the two OSs. Note that I also lost one of my DDR2 sticks due to a bad DIMM slot but other than that the MB, processor, CPU, etc. are the same. THANX!!!!!