How fast does your computer boot?
I've been considering putting a computer into my car for some time now, and I just found this site (who knew there were people out there crazy has me? LOL). Anyway, I think I've figured out the logistics of how I'm going to go about doing it (parts, placement, etc...).
The one thing holding me back is this: How do I go about getting the thing to boot fast enough to be useful? Car stereos are instant-on devices. Computers (of the non-PDA variety) are not. The fastest I've ever been able to get a windows-based machine to boot is around 25 seconds, and that was after stripping it down quite a bit. This would be ok for a long trip, but for a quick jog to the store it would be annoying. So has anyone figured out a faster way to do it? Do you just leave your systems in standby? Would this drain the battery?
I have considered a number of solutions, one involving Flash Disks, which from what I understand have faster seek/access times than standard hard drives. Unfortunately these are expensive and I don't want to try to use one without knowing it will work. My other idea was to use Windows XP Embedded, which is a version of Windows XP (obviously) that can be compiled with fewer options, thus decreasing file size and loading time. Unfortunately my programming expertise is a little lacking in that area so I am reluctant to try that either.
I guess I'm just looking for any feedback on creative solutions others have found to make a car'puter start a little faster.