Need assistance improving boot time - Windows Xp - 12s
[Edited with updated info]
I have run into a brick wall trying to improve Windows XP boot time.
The problem i am having is that my CF card is increasing boot/hibernate time rather than decreasing it
This is a list of things i have which are available.
AMD Wafer-LX 500Mhz
256 / 512 / 1024 mb ram
80gb samsung HD / 20gb hitachi HD / 4gb Sandisk Extreme IV CF
(it has both a IDE cable and a IDE CF slot)
Windows XP (nlited)
12 services running
Nlite install(192mb) - Windows XP installed 300-350mb.
POST is 5-6 seconds!
XP Boot / Hibernate (with post)
With HDD - Boot time 20-24 seconds, hibernate 12 seconds
With CF - Boot time 20-25 seconds, hibernate 19 seconds
With a specially built linux this setup boots in 7-8 seconds with post.(including GUI)
I would really like to get XP under 10s from hibernate.
The Boot time increase occurs when the Windows XP loading screen is (blue cubes scrolling from left to right)
HDtach says - HDD 31mb/s - CF 29mb/s
Bios says - HDD / CF both run in UDMA
The problem i am having is that the CF card is increasing my boot rather rather than improving it. I believe it should not.
So far these are the things i have tried to reduce boot time:
1) Changed memory modules , it does not change anything regarding hibernate speed.
2) Changed the default windows shell (explorer.exe)
3) Tried with/without horm/ewf did not matter
4) Tried using a sata-cf converter, made it worse
5) Multiple tests with network(disable) , did not yield any definite results
I did attempt more things , dont think they are noteworthy.
What i am thinking may be wrong is that Windows XP is using a lesser driver when loading XP from CF than HDD. Perhaps the driver that NTLDR uses could be changed to a better one ?
However at this point any idears are welcome.
Using bootvis i can see that my CF card has a 9 second delay after it loads ISAPNP.SYS
Next it loads scsiport.sys and after that everything is normal.
Does anyone know exacly what happends when ISAPNP.SYS loads that would affect my CF but not my HDD ?