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The Boot Race

By SubKamran
Dec 25, 2003
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  1. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,919   +9

    Nvidia's drivers really slow down Vista's startup.

    It takes about 27 seconds from boot menu to desktop, with the default Microsoft VGA drivers it took about half of that.

    Vista Ultimate installed on Gigabyte i-Ram, 3 GB.

    Yes, that's for an OS said to "require" 15 GB of free space :p

    I still have almost a gigabyte left - well, I just installed this, just some drivers and Firefox added.
     
  2. HSC

    HSC TS Rookie Posts: 31

    I have a second machine 1.8 Ghz P4 with 512MB ram (setup to autologon to Win XP home ) I have just timed it boot to a desktop connected to my wireless network doing an AVG update in just under 45 seconds

    Cheers HSC
     
  3. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 507

    31 seconds from millisecond I press the button to millisecond I can use my desktop (cold boot).
     
  4. ambivolent

    ambivolent TS Rookie Posts: 80

    34 seconds...im happy with it
     
  5. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 267

    Fot me, I recently reformatted and my boot-up time, MEASURED BY A STAPWATCH (my phone) is 10.56 seconds. Beat that!
     
  6. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 507

    [random]HOLY **** you have 32 gigs of ram?[/random]
     
  7. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 267

    All in all, cost me £30, 000.

    However i got a few g's off that because I know a bloke in the exec. chain off Dell.

    As far as I know they are the only ones who do these sort of computer specs. Go build 1 yourself for fun on the site and see how much it is.
     
  8. Boogityboo04

    Boogityboo04 TS Rookie Posts: 351

    Wait, so what do you even need that kind of power for? :blackeye:
     
  9. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 267

    Hard core gaming, editing, rippin' and burning. Just stuff. Hey, if youv'e got the money then you may as well....
     
  10. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 507

    Wow.... isn't the Quadro card more of a workstation card though? Either way, though, 32 gigs of ram... And I thought the people with 4 gigs were way overboard...
     
  11. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    mine's about 40 secs now from a power-off state...not bad for a machine built back in '03!
     
     
  12. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    45 seconds from cold boot to desktop.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    About 18-20 seconds from a cold boot to a fully-working desktop. Helped mainly by the Raptors I guess.
     
  14. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    yeah, those raptors make all the difference in the world. my friend has got two of 'em in a RAID 0 system upon my recommendation, and it proved to be a wise investment.
     
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    Yeah so do I. It completely eliminated the annoying 3-second or something lag in Oblivion when it loaded new areas from the HDD. A question though, since I haven't tried, will it also affect the speed at which the drive defragments?
     
  16. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    seeing as how two raptors in raid 0 will have way better performance than the average 7200 RPM drive, yes.
     
  17. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    Ok thanks. I guess there's nothing bad to be said about the Raptors at all! =D
     
  18. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,483

    well, nothing bad except for the price (my 7200RPM maxtors weren't my first choice)
     
  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I wonder how Vista's smart boot will compare....
     


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