OT: Slow booting, was re: Booting an IBM MP 3000 S/390 System

Jay Jaeger cube1 at charter.net
Thu Aug 6 20:24:17 CDT 2015

Aside from memory tests, in my experience, sometimes slowness can be
caused by a disk controller ROM (often on a SCSI controller) that gets
invoked during the POST that slows things down - particularly if it also
enumerates what is on the SCSI bus.

On 8/6/2015 7:35 PM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On the subject of slow booting, perhaps someone can help me with a very
> annoying case of the slowboots.
> I've got a dual slot-1 P3 system here--a Supermicro P6DGE, which uses a
> 440GX chipset and 2GB of registered SDRAM with two 900MHz CPUs.  When it
> finally get around to s booting, it's a great workhorse, with 2,
> count'em 2 well-behaved ISA slots.  It's frisky enough to run Windows 7
> and proudly proclaims that it was made in the USA.
> The problem is, that even with the "Fast boot" BIOS setting, it takes
> well over a minute to get to the point where it tries to boot.
> Does anyone have a clue on why it's so slow?  Even getting the POST down
> to 15-20 seconds would be wonderful.
> --Chuck

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