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Using the VBS script over on sevenforums, I found that my restart time was 42 seconds. I'm using a Crucial M4 256 GB SSD which has the OS on it.

Is this a good time for a restart, or should it be lower? If not, how can I lower it?

I have disabled GUI boot, but when I restart, I notice that a cursor blinks for just a few seconds before switching to 6 little blue dots, then Windows loads.

Also, I've changed just about everything in the bios that I can think of. It has a "fast boot" feature which I've enabled and I disabled "option two" in the boot sequence, so it should only be looking at my SSD. However, I HAVE noticed that having a bluetooth adapter plugged into certain USB ports makes it take much longer to boot, though the problem doesn't arise when I have it plugged into a USB 3.0 port.

That said, is 42 seconds good for a restart on a SSD, and if not, what can I do to improve it?
Edited by lukeman3000 - 9/29/12 at 10:49pm
post #2 of 49
I think or highly believe my Hard drive restarts to login in that amount of time.
I'll test.

It was 51.43 seconds
Edited by Socks keep you warm - 9/29/12 at 9:44pm
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I am still trying to decide if FastBoot actually slows down my boot time. With it disabled, the board takes longer to POST, but immediately loads Windows afterwards. With it enabled, the board POSTS almost instantly, but the "Loading Windows" screen hangs for a few seconds while it initializes all of the controllers and ports because the board didn't do it.

Do you have AHCI enabled? This almost always slows POSTing just a little bit.

Have you cut out all of the onboard features that you don't use? 1394, ESATA controllers, etc etc.

I haven't bothered messing with MSCONFIG, mine boots plenty fast. Don't fix if ain't broke.

What's your SSD score in the WEI benchmark? Yes, for once it actually matters (may point out a driver issue if you have one, mine scores 7.4 when it "has issues" and 7.9 when on a clean install with the preinstallation AHCI driver.)

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EDIT: Do you have any USB drives (stick or external HDD) plugged in during boot? This can have profound effects on the boot time at "Loading Windows".
    
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i have the same ssd as you do, but my OS is on an intel 520 series 120gb. Restarts in 14 seconds. Ssd benchmark even rates the m4 as being almost 120mb/s faster than the 520. Maybe you have a ton of stuff loading on startup?
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i have the same ssd as you do, but my OS is on an intel 520 series 120gb. Restarts in 14 seconds. Ssd benchmark even rates the m4 as being almost 120mb/s faster than the 520. Maybe you have a ton of stuff loading on startup?

What the heck..

I don't have a TON of stuff, at least I don't think I do. It's a pretty fresh installation.

And if what I'm hearing is correct, I should actually be rebooting in about 15 seconds flat? That is a huge difference.

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I am still trying to decide if FastBoot actually slows down my boot time. With it disabled, the board takes longer to POST, but immediately loads Windows afterwards. With it enabled, the board POSTS almost instantly, but the "Loading Windows" screen hangs for a few seconds while it initializes all of the controllers and ports because the board didn't do it.
Do you have AHCI enabled? This almost always slows POSTing just a little bit.
Have you cut out all of the onboard features that you don't use? 1394, ESATA controllers, etc etc.
I haven't bothered messing with MSCONFIG, mine boots plenty fast. Don't fix if ain't broke.
What's your SSD score in the WEI benchmark? Yes, for once it actually matters (may point out a driver issue if you have one, mine scores 7.4 when it "has issues" and 7.9 when on a clean install with the preinstallation AHCI driver.)
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EDIT: Do you have any USB drives (stick or external HDD) plugged in during boot? This can have profound effects on the boot time at "Loading Windows".

My SSD is rated as a 7.9 in the windows experience index.

Also, whenever my computer restarts, it completely turns off for a few seconds before turning back on automatically. Is this normal?

And are you saying that I should or shouldn't have ACHI enabled in the bios?
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I have a OCZ Agility 3 If I close everything before I shut down my system almost instantly shuts doww as if I hit the power button. My booting is a different story as far as bios go. I have a dual boot with grub but I am having issues with it and some boot configurations so I have to manually select a boot drive. You got a link to that boot time thing. I know what you are talking about I'm just too lazy to look it up. rolleyes.gif I'll see what my system can do.

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I have a OCZ Agility 3 If I close everything before I shut down my system almost instantly shuts doww as if I hit the power button. My booting is a different story as far as bios go. I have a dual boot with grub but I am having issues with it and some boot configurations so I have to manually select a boot drive. You got a link to that boot time thing. I know what you are talking about I'm just too lazy to look it up. rolleyes.gif I'll see what my system can do.

Here you go

Just got 36 seconds, btw
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Wow that was ugly. 62 seconds. I think I need to do some tuning. Maybe I was thinking of my Linux boot that insta off's/boots it's self.

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Originally Posted by lukeman3000 View Post

What the heck..
I don't have a TON of stuff, at least I don't think I do. It's a pretty fresh installation.
And if what I'm hearing is correct, I should actually be rebooting in about 15 seconds flat? That is a huge difference.
My SSD is rated as a 7.9 in the windows experience index.
Also, whenever my computer restarts, it completely turns off for a few seconds before turning back on automatically. Is this normal?
And are you saying that I should or shouldn't have ACHI enabled in the bios?

42 sec for a non dual boot ssd is way to long. On a fresh install i'm about 11 sec on my M4. With a ton of crap Im right about 15 sec. Keep AHCI enabled and go into MSCONFIG and in the boot section there is an advanced options tab. Then enable your PC to boot up with multiple processors. The no GUI option may shave 1-2 sec at best. And you can disable pretty much everything under the startup tab, if you don't have anything super important that needs to start at boot.
 
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And are you saying that I should or shouldn't have ACHI enabled in the bios?

Oh God, don't turn it off. (It does make POSTing slower though, that's one of those things you have to tack on).
    
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