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Desktop with SSD takes 35-40 seconds from cold boot to load?

by Merazzomo / October 6, 2015 1:05 PM PDT

Gateway DX4350
Windows 10 Pro
AMD Phenom II X6
Samsung 830 SSD: Primary Drive
WD 1.5TB HDD: Secondary Drive
SATA Optical Drive
American Megatrends, Inc motherboard

Hello, I've always had this specific question since I added an SSD drive as my primary booting drive. Why do some people say their desktops boot in like 8 seconds? Is it because they have good motherboards? I have one of those stock Gateway generic cheap motherboards. I tried finding information about whether I could update the BIOS, disable certain devices, SATA ports, unused floppy connections, quick boot options, etc. on the BIOS, but I can't. There aren't any BIOS updates on my desktop's drivers website, and all the settings are set so that it would load as fast as possible. From a cold boot, 90% of the time is spent on the BIOS. White letters are shown telling me what is being loaded: controllers, RAM modules, connections, etc. The motherboard beeps one time on boot, to which according to Gateway, it's telling me that everything is OK. But I still wanted to double check with everyone here if it's normal for a desktop with an SSD to take about 35 seconds (25 seconds on the BIOS, 10 seconds on loading Windows) from boot to desktop to load. Thanks.

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(NT) These reports are for AFTER exiting the BIOS, not including.
by wpgwpg / October 6, 2015 1:08 PM PDT
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So yes, that's about right.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 6, 2015 1:26 PM PDT

The majority of your cold boot time looks to be the BIOS doing it's checks and tests. Newer PCs found that folk were noticing long boot times and reduced that in response.

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You're probably right.
by Merazzomo / October 6, 2015 4:12 PM PDT

It's exactly what it seems to be doing. It just takes a long time. I've seen videos of computers booting a lot faster than mine, but I suppose I can't compare my Gateway to theirs, since those are probably custom build desktops with way more options to choose from in the BIOS.

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You could always boot and make a cup of coffee.
by Dafydd Forum moderator / October 6, 2015 4:20 PM PDT
In reply to: You're probably right.

No time wasted there.

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check for bios fast boot
by renegade600 / October 6, 2015 3:35 PM PDT

check your bios for a fast boot setting.

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It's already enabled
by Merazzomo / October 6, 2015 4:22 PM PDT

I've already enabled the quick boot option, along with any other option that could make it faster. My motherboard is probably too limited being a mass manufactured Gateway desktop. I remember an older and cheaper HP Pavilion being faster at loading the BIOS, but I also remember I was able to update the BIOS at some point in that computer. This Gateway has no BIOS update file at the Gateway website.

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