Rapid boot motherboards?

My system, which isn’t exactly high-end any more, boots pretty speedily. 3 seconds for Ubuntu 10.4 and 9 seconds for Windows 7. As long as you don’t count the nearly 40 seconds it spends doing BIOS and POST stuff…

Next time I get around to upgrading my PCs, the BIOS seems to be the next item I’m gonna have to tackle. But all the boot-time work seems to be on laptop/netbook systems.

What options do we desktop dinosaurs have when it comes to getting a machine that will have everything up and running in the shortest possible order?


I am surprised your SSD takes that long to load BIOS and POST. Do you have a long pause to interrupt startup?

It’s not the SSD that’s taking that long – it’s the motherboard. I don’t think it’s a pause specifically for interrupting startup, it’s checking for hard drives etc. It takes it about 2-3 seconds to start up the post too – maybe because it’s an SLI-capable motherboard and I only have one GPU installed :)

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