I'm helping out a friend and recommended that he get a Dell Inspiron 3650, 8GB ram with 1tb hard drive configured with Win-7 Pro 64-Bit. Nothing exotic, just for Mail and Web surfing. It came in and I went to set it up, and when I turned it on, and waited for the splash screen, nothing happened. I checked the Disk Activity light, and it was off. So I waited, and waited, and finally after a minute or so, the computer started up normally. Figuring that there might be some sort of initial configuration that had to be run on the first time the system was turned on, I did a Shutdown/Restart. Same thing. It went through the normal Windows shutdown routine, then the screen went blank, the monitor light turned off, and the disk activity light wasn't showing any activity. Then after a minute, 65 seconds actually, the "Starting Windows" appeared and the computer started up normally. I thought it might be the monitor, so I switched it out with another one. Same thing. Then I checked the Bios setting thinking something might be amiss there. I tried numerous combinations and changes, but the results were always the same. There was always a 65-70 second delay for the POST routine to kick in and the "Starting Windows" screen to appear. And add that 65 seconds to that the time it takes to load Windows, and knitting will become your hobby. I called Dell Tech Support and they went through the regular drill, making suggestions, but none of them worked. They wanted me to download and flash the Bios, and gave me a link. That made no sense since the computer was made last week and you would think it would have the latest Bios, but ya never know. I downloaded the file from the link he supplied and the Bios versions were the same. But I went ahead and let it run, and when it re-booted, no change. The computer takes one minute to get to the "Starting Windows" Screen. Then they suggested I download and install Video Drivers. Feeling pretty sure that wasn't going to help, but I did it anyway, and there was no change. After spending 2 hours on this monkey drill, I told my friend to box it up and send it back to Dell. Either the computer is defective, or this series of computer is somehow configured with this "new" feature. I'm wondering if anybody else has run into this problem, because it's the first time I have ever seen such a long delay in the POST routine.