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Chapter 1. Desktop Annoyances > STARTUP ANNOYANCES

STARTUP ANNOYANCES

SHAVING SECONDS OFF STARTUP TIMES

The Annoyance:

It takes forever to boot my system. Do I really need to see the memory count or RAID drive check every time the system starts? How can I get to my operating system faster?

The Fix:

Most PCs make it through the self-test part of each startup in less than 15 seconds, but you can change several default BIOS settings to shave a few precious seconds off the normal startup. For example, the Phoenix/Award BIOS version used with the Tyan Tomcat i7210 (S5112) Pentium 4 "Northwood" or "Prescott" motherboard provides a Quick Power On Self Test option in the Advanced BIOS Features menu (see Figure 1-6). When enabled, the BIOS skips optional parts of the Power On Self Test (POST), such as the memory check.


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