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4. In-Car Computers > 44. Reduce the Boot Time of Your in-Car Computer

Reduce the Boot Time of Your in-Car Computer

There are dozens of tricks you can use to reduce the boot time of your in-car PC.

In 1980, if you turned on a car stereo, it turned on. Instantly. If you left the volume up from the last time you’d used it, the sound would come blaring out as quickly as the tape could start spinning and the analog amplifier circuits could charge their capacitors.

Nowadays, when you turn on your car radio, it boots up just like a computer. Since it only loads a tiny bit of microcode out of nonvolatile memory, though, it boots too quickly for most people to really notice. And by saving a bit of state information, it usually returns to the last radio station or CD track you were listening to.


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