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    Default How do I shorten BIOS POST time?

    My BIOS takes 21 seconds to POST, How do I reduce that time?
    There is a way?
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    Default Re: How do I shorten BIOS POST time?

    • Update the BIOS.
    • Disable any unneeded connections (eSATA, firewire, floppy, IDE, third-party SATA).
    • Enable AHCI.

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    Default Re: How do I shorten BIOS POST time?

    Quote Originally Posted by SolidBladez View Post
    • Update the BIOS.
    • Disable any unneeded connections (eSATA, firewire, floppy, IDE, third-party SATA).
    • Enable AHCI.
    I have the latest BIOS.
    I had already disabled all these connections:
    Floppy, firewire, audio, serial, parallel, legacy USB and screen logo.

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    Default Re: How do I shorten BIOS POST time?

    turning on AHCI is a nono...

    it will take even longer because it wil have to run the intel RAID BIOS, which takes a billion years to detect drives.

    Slow post probably means the motherboard is detecting something but its taking quite a bit of time. It could be a faulty hard disk or something along those lines.
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    Default Re: How do I shorten BIOS POST time?

    you can set hd delay time from the standard 10sec to 0 in the bios,that will save 10seconds on boot up
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    Default Re: How do I shorten BIOS POST time?

    Quote Originally Posted by randomness View Post
    turning on AHCI is a nono...

    it will take even longer because it wil have to run the intel RAID BIOS, which takes a billion years to detect drives.

    Slow post probably means the motherboard is detecting something but its taking quite a bit of time. It could be a faulty hard disk or something along those lines.
    Yep, you're right, it takes longer with AHCI enabled, but windows boots faster.
    I tested the hard drives and memory and they past with no issues.

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    Default Re: How do I shorten BIOS POST time?

    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    you can set hd delay time from the standard 10sec to 0 in the bios,that will save 10seconds on boot up
    Did not find that feature on this mobo (GA-EP35-DS4)

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    Default Re: How do I shorten BIOS POST time?

    Quote Originally Posted by jojesa View Post
    Did not find that feature on this mobo (GA-EP35-DS4)
    That's right, it's not found on all boards.
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    Default Re: How do I shorten BIOS POST time?

    These are 2 images of the BIOS at POST.

    1- On this image the BIOS takes around 12 seconds


    2-This one comes next and I see "Init device parameter failed"
    What does that means?


    Below is a video of the BIOS at POST

    <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v219/jojesa/?action=view&current=BIOS-2.flv" target="_blank"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v219/jojesa/th_BIOS-2.jpg" border="0" alt="BIOS-AHCI" style="width: 160px;"></a>

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    Default Re: How do I shorten BIOS POST time?

    Any text at the bottom of each drive is a SMART error/warning. This may indicate the HDD could be about to fail or there may be a cable fault, settings error etc.

    Does that HDD still function OK? I assume it's the boot drive? Are you getting good performance and not hearing any strange noises/vibrations from the drive? If possible, install Windows on another drive, remove the drive with the error message and see if AHCI detection goes quicker.

    I recommend downloading and running CrystalDiskInfo. This will give you a readout of SMART data along with a general idea of disk condition by indicating either "Good", "Warning" or "Danger".

    A picture of the screen you should see when running Crystal is here:

    Pay special attention to the things I've circled, but remember, all SMART values should indicate good ideally. A blue circle next to them means Good, Yellow or Red is not good, not good at all.
    24 seconds is too long to be waiting with only 4 devices. AHCI 1.07 is slow but should not be that slow.

    See if there is a beta BIOS in the latest BIOS sticky thread. The latest AHCI (1.20E) is virtually instant when it comes to drive detection.
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