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    I've just got the primary hard drive on the primary ide, and I turned the rest off. I went through bios and disabled everything that wasn't needed, and sped up what I could. I've never really figured out what causes it. It even did it when it was a normal use desktop computer. I was hoping there was one thing i was forgetting.

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    About the batch thing, won't that only run 1 program at a time starting the second after the first is finished?
    Has anyone found any good free bios updates? Someone told me about one called Drbios when I first started working on my mp3 player. It looked pretty good but I didn't feel like paying for a bios update.
    I put both my hard drives on the primary channel last week and cut a few seconds off my boot time.

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    Arby: Have you tried using a different HDD? It could be what's causing the problems.

    nicksmurf:
    1. No, a batch file runs through all the lines in that file until it reaches the end or is told to pause. The example xzol gave will work.

    2. You can download an updated bios from the manufacturer of your bios chip. There are instructions all over the web for figuring out which chip you have and where to get updates at. There are projects working on building a free bios, but most aren't very far. A BIOS is written specifically for a certain motherboard and there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all BIOS

    I've looked into MRBIOS as well, but all questions I've sent to them have gone unanswered. That doesn't give me very much confidence in wanting to send them my money.


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    Hmm, good idea, but I'm not working on my car when it's 20 outside *shiver*

    It's a relativly new hard drive, bought it last year. 7200 rpm, I think.

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    it might be your hd. i had that problem it would take for ever to detect the drive and it would take for ever to boot, then to make it worse when i when to play a song(this drive contained all my mp3s) it would skipp and get stuck on the same note. and it did this trough out the whole song on every song. so i was about to start screaming and abort the whole car computer thing and get a cd changer and something told me to change the drive and to my surprise it worked fine. the boot time increased and the songs stop skipping...until i put it in the car. then the boot time slowed down again, it doesn't skip but i can't do to many things on it at the same time or else it crashes.

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    Back to the original 40 second boot time question. It sounds like you either have a misconfigured harddrive, or it is searching for Scsi devices to boot from and when that fails it boots. A long boot time is ussualy the second case. Go into your bios and change the startup boot order of devices. Set "C Drive" or "IDE1", whatever your bios calles your first harddrive, to the first boot device. Set the second to none and the third to none if possible. there also may be a "C only" option. its all reliant on your Bios.
    Hope that solves your problem, you can mail me if you need additional help.
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    You know one thing I found that I could never figure out is that I could get the machine to boot fairly quickly, but when winamp started it took forever to load the playlist file (had around 3400 entries). I even tried turning off the options to load on demand, etc. Any thoughts on that?

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    I have it set to "C only" already. I just gave up on it - What's wrong with waiting a minute to have your entire music collection at your fingertips in your car

    My playlist has around 2500 songs on it, and it loads in a second. I think your computer might be scanning the hard drive and reloading every song. Once you have everything loaded, save the playlist as "c:\winamp\winamp.m3u" (or whatever dir). This way, winamp will already have everything, and not have to reload from the hard drive. This is what I do, loads in a second.

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    Had the playlist saved in that format, no luck. It's strange because on my desktop I never have this problem... but the desktop is a 1ghz machine versus the 233 pentium for the player. Bah I guess your right, it's a trade off!

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    anyone tried any programs here?

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