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The Boot Race

By SubKamran
Dec 25, 2003
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  1. I haven't seen one of these threads anywhere, it's pretty fun. Now I can see how fast my comp boots up compared to others.

    Rules:
    You must measure the time between pressing the Power On button to the full load of the Login/Welcome screen. (Full load, i.e. When you can click your username).

    System
    ------------
    Windows Server 2003 Enterprise
    512MB PC133 SDRAM
    Intel Pentium 3 700Mhz (100FSB)

    Boot Time
    ------------
    1:11

    Factors
    ------------
    Subtract 3 seconds since the mobo shows my CPU temp for 3 seconds before proceeding.

    Now, let's see how I compare. To me, that's very fast for such a slow computer.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Just wait until MYOB or Mic post their 15 second BeOS loading times.. :p
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Hehe, not quite.. It takes 42 seconds from hitting the power button, thanks to my mainboard checking that everything is in order. I could also cut a few seconds by disabling loading of 100 MB ramdisk from a file but that could be cheating as I use it all the time :giddy:

    Windows loads quite a lot of things after you click login, too ;)
  4. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 303

    It only takes about 30 seconds to fully load Windows after I click logon :p

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    * AVG Anti-Virus
    * ATI Desktop
  5. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Posts: 527

    I'll have to get an exact timing but its 25 seconds to the boot sound being played - the last event on the startup chain. I have fast boot on in the BIOS so theres no checking, and I have very liitle loading at boot, unlike Mic
  6. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 303

    A person on NewEgg said this:

    Under 6 seconds? Is that even possible? ... :confused:

    If so I'm in for a treat since that's basically my [new] system :D
  7. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 1,040

    I think "Cold boot" is actually not checking or posting, or doing diagnostics, checking the drives, etc.

    You'd have the fastest boot time right after installing Windows on a fresh or reformatted hard drive after setting some of the msconfig values to save time... like nogui boot and the time to check for drives to be reduced to 3 (min.), etc.

    The thread was a good thought, but there are way too many factors for this. Plus, I won't reformat to just get a fast boot time. Daily use....
  8. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,383   +15

    Havnt timed mine yet.. maybe I'll get around to it.

    SubKamran, Im not sure what their definition of "cold boot" is, but only they are coming back from Hibernation, I dont believe it :p
  9. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    If I remove some of my RAM, I might be able to POST in under 6 seconds...
  10. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,312   +265

    LOL - I have a problem believing 6 seconds - sorry. I'd have to see the machine boot up for myself - and they'd have to let me play around on the machine also. I can't see any consumer OS on consumer hardware booting that quickly :)
  11. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,268

    It takes around 30 to 35 second for my two PCs to boot to Windows Logon Screen,
     
  12. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802


    He did say post no boot... Guess he means that he has so much ram that the BIOS spends ages checking it's actually there...

    Had it been booting, then I'd agree with you papa...
  13. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,312   +265

    LOL - I believe Storm - and I understand about the long mem check taking sooooo long :) I meant I don't believe what the guy from newegg said.
  14. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    Ah, then I see.. :eek:

    About the newegg guy, yeah, I'm having trouble believing him too... Had it been another OS, but XP...
  15. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 303

    Maybe using the idea Xtr-X said it could possibly be 6 seconds. The Windows XP boot screen takes a little while though.
  16. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Rookie Posts: 2,871

    umm, no that wouldn't work since what XTR-X said makes no sense. I'm not following what he means by it doesn't do all the checks because my systems take pretty much the same time to boot, whether cold or warm.

    BTW, yea Papa, I was refering to the RAM checking earlier when I was talking about POST time.

    As far as I am aware, No OS with a GUI can fully boot to the desktop in 6 seconds(unless it is returning from something like hibernation)
  17. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    There are some very quick BIOSes out there that practically start booting Windows in a second or two. I've seen some P4 boards that would boot so fast, they would not even show the POST or BIOS splash screen. :)

    But booting Windows XP... That's a different story.

    6 seconds is close to, if not impossible. This is mostly because of the hard disk. Now, if you have 10,000 or 15,000 RPM high capacity drives in RAID, it might be possible.. But then you run into the problem of loading the SCSI or SATA BIOS. :p That alone is 6 seconds.

    That post on Newegg was probably made by someone who was excited abou their new setup and embelished a little bit. :)
  18. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,312   +265

    I have a pair of U320 SCSI drives setup on a dual 2.8 GHz Xeon machine. Boot time AFTER SCSI scan is a good 15 seconds. I'll time it to make sure.
  19. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,312   +265

    Just timed it - 19 seconds after the SCSI checks... Might be faster if I took out some RAM, but I doubt it would be noticably faster during the boot process.
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,539   +301

    Mac System 6.0.4 will boot to desktop on an SE/30 (16Mhz with 5Megs of RAM - it comes with 1meg) just after the screen warms up enough for you to see - about 3 seconds. But nobody uses a system that old so guess that doesn't count - but hey system 6 was about like windows95 anyway and some people still use that I think.
  21. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +126 Staff Member

    Win95 boots on my comp in under 6 seconds (not counting POST)

    Windows 2000 takes a while, around 2 minutes I'd say, but why care? I restart my computer maybe once per week ;-)

    Note: I ran Win95 just for the fun of it... I use win 2000 as my main OS...
  22. MYOB

    MYOB TS Rookie Posts: 527

    You're "boot time" isn't the time after POST. Its the total time taken for you PC to boot from total cold boot to complete loading and usability of the OS. You will not get that in less than 20 seconds.

    Could people post their *real* bootimes then?
  23. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 303

    I then get about 40 seconds for full functionality :) (This is with my new computer)
  24. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    From the power button being pressed to my Windows desktop being in a usable state - It takes my computer 26 seconds

    This is with a 2600+ (overclocked considerably), 1GB PC 2700 DDR, 160GB hard drive.

    So I know the 6 seconds is a lie. :)
  25. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Posts: 446

    I'm right around 48 seconds...I did it 5 times and took the average...not too shabby, but not the fastest by any means I am sure...


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