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Thread: how fast does your p4 2.4ghz need to boot up?

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    does having the OS on a memory car help?
    I was just looking at the sandisk 8GB SD Memory Cards
    (since I keep my media files on an external drive anyways)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nalav View Post
    On my old P2 box (400mhz, 256mb ram, slow-as-hell hard drives), I had boot times of just under 5 seconds (not counting bios). While this was on Linux and not Windows, the same general stuff I did holds true.

    Run defragmenter and scandisk somewhat regularly, to make sure files are together and not on a bad part of the disk. Otherwise it will take longer if a file needed for boot is broken up or on a bad sector.

    Anything and everything that runs that you don't specifically need, get rid of. They're just slowing down your boot up.

    If it's possible that something you don't need right away is being started on boot, see if you can have it start later, so it's not taking time in the boot.

    You might also look into creating a seperate partition on the disk that will specifically hold only the stuff needed to boot (and as little else as possible). This will ensure that all the necessary files are in the same general location, and the drive doesn't need to look all over the place to find the files.

    I seem to remember the outside (last partition) of the disk being the faster one, but don't quote me on that. I'll have to look it up if I get time.

    There's more things you can do, this is just the beginnings of a list of stuff to optimize your boot.
    thanks for the suggestions,
    hmmm linux..... making me think now
    I have centrafuse as the front end, wonder how it would behave if I ran a windows emulation program on linux to run the centrafuse...

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    nevermind on the linux, cnetrafuse dosn't work on it, eevn with wine

    edit: seems like SD or SF is not a good solution either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackcar View Post
    nevermind on the linux, cnetrafuse dosn't work on it, eevn with wine

    edit: seems like SD or SF is not a good solution either...
    take a look into the linuxICE thread and homepage, SD seems to be a thing of luck some people have a great experiences and some say it took about 2 min longer not to mention the whole EWF factor, if i was unhappy with my 45 sec cold boot times i would probably let nLite loose on my OS or buy a 10k rpm drive, but 45 sec cold boot / 20 sec hot boot is good enough for me.

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    ubuntu 9.04 boots in < 30 seconds from post stock without any optimizations on my atom 330 board. LinuxICE2 (pre-alpha) is currently based on 9.04.

    Moblin 2.0 Beta boots in ~20 seconds on my atom 270(?) acer aspire from post, will probably boot in 10-15s on the atom 330 (is my guess).

    Moblin is trying to get boots to < 10s ("about 5s" is what they say), Ubuntu is trying to do the same for 9.10.

    Centrafuse's boon and bane: Windows XP. You are just too limited on what you can do to speed things up. CE would boot faster, but good luck getting a copy. Windows 7 may be the boon that everyone is been hoping for though...

    Who knows, maybe CF3 may be emulatable?

    The OpenICE team is working hard on getting a good, free alternative going on the Linux side. nGhost3 should be able to compete with SD2 and CF3 on many levels.
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    Why not just hibernate? I hibernate in 5-10 seconds, and resume in <15 with windows. That's with a P4 2.6 with 1gb of ram and a 5400rpm drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by malcom2073 View Post
    Why not just hibernate? I hibernate in 5-10 seconds, and resume in <15 with windows. That's with a P4 2.6 with 1gb of ram and a 5400rpm drive.
    some boards don't support hibernate. good advice non the less, that's what i do, by the time i leave my parking spot music start playing.

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    I've got a P4 2.0 Ghz and 1GB of RAM. Hibernate isn't working for me right now (touchscreen issues) so I shutdown and boot every time.

    Boots in about 30-40 seconds and a few more seconds to hear music.

    Hard drive is a 200GB IDE with 8MB cache - nothing special. OS is XP SP2 that has been lightened up using XP Lite (I think thats what its called). It allows you to remove unwanted features after a clean install and put them back later if needed.

    My boot times improved a lot by spending some quality time in the BIOS and figuring out what options made it faster. For me disabling legacy USB, and turning off "Auto" detection of hard drives on unused channels made a big difference.
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    Hibernate is good for those board that support it. Else, a fast disk is strongly underrated.
    A good SSD is expensive, but think about all the frustration you leave behind...

    I want my system to be ready, when I have cranked the engine and fasten my seatbelt... Not when I'm halfway to work...

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    My hibernation use to be super fast like <10sec. Now it takes like 20ish+ every since I hooked up my usb hub and stuff. Weird.

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