What is causing this? And are your S10es this slow as well?
The SSD I was using was a SATA III type, and it apparently had some compatibility issues with the the SATA I controller on the board. Once I swapped the SSD for an old SATA I 5400 RPM SATA I HDD the system sped up significantly, and especially the startup process is now significantly shorter. So yeah, don't use a fancy SSD in this 12 year old netbook.
Such stalls during POST are frequently caused by issues with peripherals on the USB or IDE/SATA ports. The exact cause may differ and it is hard to know in advance without trial and error, which is what you did here.
Compatibility problems across SATA generations are not common, but they do happen. They may affect specific controller/drive combos. There is a chance that a different SSD model, even if SATA3, will work well in that PC. Some drives also receive firmware updates that solve compatibility issues such as this.
P.S. I will edit the title of this thread to point out to future viewers that a solution has been found.
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