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Slow reboot time

  1. #1


    Posts : 55
    Windows 8.1

    Slow reboot time


    Hey everyone.
    I got a brand new ASUS Republic of Gamers laptop yesterday.
    Everything is working fine for now, but there's one problem.
    When I reboot, it displays a black screen for 15 seconds, then welcomes my user, flickers once, and logs in.
    Is it faulty? Should I return it? Please help. Paid big money for this.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Does it have an SSD or a spinner?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 55
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Does it have an SSD or a spinner?
    HDD.. I'm guessing upgrading to an SSD is a better option?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by TripleR View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Does it have an SSD or a spinner?
    HDD.. I'm guessing upgrading to an SSD is a better option?
    No, I asked because some things that can cause a spinner to take time would not apply to as SSD. One could be a fragmented disk. How much free space is on the boot partition? (usually C: drive.)

    On a Laptop with Windows 8 if you have Fast Boot enabled and "shut down" it really just sleeps. When you boot it back up it comes up fast due to that. But when you reboot(or warm boot) the system has to actually do a shutdown in the middle so that Windows Update and Restore Points will work. So a warm boot feels much slower.

    If you have a fragmented disk or a lot of startup programs on top of that it can slow you down even more.
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  5. #5


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    Posts : 255
    Windows 10 Pro


    I would say its probably fine, especially since it has a standard HDD rather than an SSD. I wouldnt worry about it, but if it concerns you that much you might be able to improve it a bit by running the built in disc defrag, though I dont think you will see that much improvement considering how new it is.
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  6. #6


    Over the years, I've found that some motherboards just seem to take longer to complete their POST, than others do.
    There may be some things in your bios that can be shut off to speed up the POST process and finally get down to booting from the HDD.

    Then in Windows there is a 30 second delay in the boot process. That can be set down to just 3 sec's to speed up the boot process.
    Then also, Windows installs with a default of using just one CPU Core, even if you have eight of them. That should be reset to the actual number of cores in your CPU.
    All that can be done using this Boot Time Speed Up tweak. It's very easy to do.

    Shorten the Boot Time in XP, Vista & Windows 7 & 8, & Windows 10

    Go to the start button, choose run, then type msconfig and press Ok.
    On the system configuration window, choose the "Boot.INI" tab.

    Check “No Gui Boot”, then lower the timeout to a more manageable time.
    I choose 3 seconds in stead of 30. (windows won’t accept a lower number than 3)

    Next choose advanced options.
    This is where you can choose how many processors you have.
    Most modern PC's are duo core (2 processors) with some quad core (4 processors, and there are even some with 8 Cores or more, )
    then choose OK. The Windows default is only 1 core.

    Now choose apply and OK, reboot and you should see a marked decrease in boot time, and an Increase in Run-Time efficiency.

    I do that on every new OS install.
    You can also open your task manager and de-select all those things that you don't absolutely, positively, need to have starting up when you boot up your PC. On most PC's that I have to work on, there are a S'pot full of those performance suckers.

    Then there is the question.... "How are you doing a reboot?" It's not as cut and dried as you may think.
    I use special Shutdown and Reboot shortcuts on my desktop that greatly speed up those processes.
    Shutdown = %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 1
    Reboot = %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -r -t 1

    If you've done the things I've mentioned here, then your PC is probably doing a reboot as fast as the hardware will permit.

    I did find that when I replaced my 1TB Seagate HDD with a 128GB SSD, both boot ups and shutdowns were faster, as well as program loading, and of course all my AV and AS scans.

    Cheers Mate!
    TechnoMage
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  7. #7


    Would it be ok if I copied this and send it to my son ?
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  8. #8


    Of course! With my blessings!

    Cheers Mate!
    TechnoMage
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