Another quick question for those who own the DX58SO: how long does it take from pressing the power button until the "intel boot screen" is gone and the actual OS loading starts?
I am trying to find out if the 35 - 40 seconds my board takes is unheard of and I have a big problem, or if this is normal.
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Do me a favor and unplug all drives except for your bootable drive. Now try booting up.
I have come across computers that take AGES to boot and the problem was with an attached optical drive. Yes, I know...it sounds weird.
If that doesnt work, then try to unplug all peripherals except for your mouse and keyboard. Oh, and disable all onboard devices you are not using in the BIOS.
Zorlac, thanks for your reply.
I followed your suggestions, doing the following:
- (1) disconnected CD/DVD drive, re-booted
- (2) unplugged the two extra HDD's in addition, re-booted
- (3) disabled peripherals in BIOS
- (4) unplugged all other peripherals.
There was no difference in boot speed doing all of this (besides plus / minus a couple seconds, all within the noise).
Could somebody who owns the DX58SO post how long it takes from pressing the power button on a cold start until the Intel splash screen (the one with "press F2 to enter BIOS) comes up? And for how long is that screen up until it disappears and the OS actually starts loading?
Thanks a lot everybody!
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with the optimal bios settings loaded, mine takes 19 seconds.
Nico, thanks a lot for your reply!
Assuming the 19 seconds are until the splash screen comes up, that's very close to what I am seeing.
What are the BIOS settings you are using?
i use the optimal settings, as defined by intel. see last/rightmost bios-page to load.
What do you mean when you say "last/rightmost bios-page to load"?
the optimal settings can be loaded on the last/rightmost bios-page.. where you exit, remember?
Oh, I see. Never noticed that. Thanks a lot, I'll have a look and give it a try later today!
One last question, Nico: I understand it takes your machine 19 seconds to display the Intel splash screen. But for how long is that screen being displayed? It's 8-10 seconds in my case, and even that seems long, making it a total of > 30 seconds until the OS actually starts loading (in my case it's then displaying the OS selection --- XP or 7).
Again, thanks a lot for your help!
i think your impatience is not an intel-issue, or mine. take it easy
I know it would be a pain in the arse, but for troubleshooting purposes, I would also maybe remove all expansion cards except for your video card. If that doesnt help, then try removing all memory except for one stick. Just trying to determine if a hardware component is causing this. Sounds like something during Power On Self Test is getting hung up maybe? Have you checked the event viewer thing in the BIOS?
Zorlac, that's why I was trying to find out if I even have an issue with my board, or if these long pre-boot delays are normal. I have no expansion cards in the system besides my video card. I have also tried removing one of the two sticks of RAM, and then even switched the sticks. No improvement. Zorlac, do you have a DX58SO? If so, what's your time to the splash screen?
Only Nico has posted his 19 seconds, and according to him, my delays may be normal for this board (an unfortunate thing IMO, as there might be no fix).
Nico, I am not sure if I'd call it impatience from my side. I have another computer with an Intel DG965OT Mobo, and that board / BIOS does the same thing that takes my DX58SO 35 seconds in under 15 seconds. Huge difference IMO, and the DG965 is 3 years old and cost half as much. But if others are seeing the same thing, then I'll live with it. I am just trying to make sure I have no underlying problem here. The end result is that my 3 year old DG965OT boots Vista a little faster than my high end DX58SO boots win7. Not very encouraging ....
It would be nice if a few more DX58SO owners could come in with their delays.
with the optimal bios settings loaded, ...
Nico, I just looked at this in my BIOS: while on the last screen it's called: "Load Optimal Defaults", when selecting it, it asks: "Load Defaults?". And double checking all the settings after loading these "optimal defaults" confirms that this is doing the same as just hitting the F9 key: it loads default settings, which I believe are really not exactly "optimal".
I have two machines currently with Intel boards, but not the DX58SO. My boards are D975XBX and DP55KG. I havent timed them yet, but I can tell you the newer DP55KG is so fast that I usually dont have enough time to press F2 to go into the BIOS unless I spam the F2 key. Initially it was slow to boot due to a PXE boot agent on my Intel network card prompting me, but I disabled that feature and now its almost instant.