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    Raw Wave Rob Withey's Avatar
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    Thanks, I will try that, the drive is set up as master with no slave. It's a Hitachi 6.5Gb drive.

    I have played around with the bios settings a lot. The board has a primary IDE connector, but no secondary. The bios likewise has settings for primary but not secondary, but when booting, the bios attempts to detect secondary drives. I have investigated bios upgrades and bios hacks to figure out a way to tell it there are no secondary drives with no luck.


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    usually you can just switch from autodetect to manual and then set the drive to not installed or zeros all the way across

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    Originally posted by Meatballman:
    <STRONG>usually you can just switch from autodetect to manual and then set the drive to not installed or zeros all the way across</STRONG>
    Yep, first thing I did for the primary drives when I set the system up two years ago. It's not that.


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    speeding up boot times.

    Dudah, how about this?

    What speed is your 20Gb hard disk?

    If its a 100 bus, why not get a high speed 100 bus controller card, if you board wont do 100.

    disable ram checking in your BIOS.

    If you are running Windows, I think there is a program called Windows Lite, which chops unnecessary bits. Alternatively you could just remove bits of Windows manualy, you dont need sounds schemes, windows wallpaper, screen savers, MS IE, etc.


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    If your ram is somewhat good quality, you can try to set your DRAM timing to faster ones. Also try change cycle to CAS2 and see if that helps. If your motherboard supports it, you can try PCI+HOST clock setting.(though it get's hot.) My ram is at about 145. Or you can try DDRAM motherboard with DDRAM. As other people said, don't use auto-detect unless you swap things everyday.
    Anyway, I am using fibre-disk. It's pretty fast. Some people say that it's slower than ATA100, but mine seems to be faster.

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    Press the turbo button??

    (sorry, couldn't resist..)

    Originally posted by Dudah:
    <STRONG>I was just at a party and we all went down to McDonalds and my computer didn't even boot by the time we got there! It takes about a minute to boot which isn't that bad, but I want the best! I know if I boot to DOS it will be a LOT faster or if I put in Linux. I've never even touched Linux so about the DOS. Can I still use Lorty's plugin? This MXPF or whatever sounds good, but I love lorty's plugin. Is there a DOS version of winamp? Seems like it would be a lot easier. Thanks.

    -Kev</STRONG>
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    20gig hdd , atx psu,inverter

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    One thing that shaved about 5 sec off my OS boot time (I post in about 8 sec) by uninstalling my video card driver and just using the default windows VGA. It's only 8 bit color 640x480, but I don't have a screen anyway.

    So using that little trick (and a few bios tweaks) I boot win98 in about 25 sec.

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    If you have a NIC installed, disable it. It can make a huge difference.
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    Originally posted by fbt:
    <STRONG>you must be auto detecting something, or maybe you should play around with the jumpers on the hd....</STRONG>
    No go there. Jumper settings for hd are the same for master and single device. Still got a 20 second post, and nothing I can do about it.


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    I use Suspend To Ram and my computer turns on in 6 secs!
    While in STR mode the Keypower's ATX PSU draws only 180mAmps. When I shut it down completely it draws about 110mAmps so the there is not too much difference.
    The car's engine started immediately after it's been parked for two days with the PC in STR!
    Of course if you wanna leave it parked for more you can always turn off the main switch and disconnect the battery from the power supply.

    Dimitris

    [ 10-18-2001: Message edited by: Dimitris1976 ]

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