I don't have an alternative device except for an IDE ODD and the motherboard has no IDE header for that.
With a bootable DVD in the device it works correctly.
With the device plugged in but empty, the pause is 15 seconds - still way too slow.
Why should deciding what to boot take longer than the boot and winload itself?
Maybe the USB-HDD (multi-partitioned) is slowing things down.
I never want to boot from that, but there are no bios settings to avoid USB-HDD and still be able to access USB-ODD.
This is a stuff-up.