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My system which has an Asrock Conroe865PE motherboard takes one minute to detect its hardware. After powering it on, I have to wait 30 seconds until all the disk drives are detected (and maybe other hardware that is not reported on the console), then I hear the beep and I have to wait another 30 seconds until my OS starts booting.

How can I make my computer start booting faster?

Note 1: I have updated the BIOS to the latest version of P465 BIOS (currently 1.70). I have tried to look over all the possible options in it and I have no seen any option to set the timeout for IDE disk detection.

Note 2: I have changed many hard disk drives and DVD-RW units. Even the USB ones take a long time to detect.

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Unfortunately some machines are just slow at power on.

I would start by looking in the BIOS and seeing if you have any options such as "Fast Boot" or similar.

Next, in the IDE/SATA drive section, see if there is any option to both disable all unknown/unused ports.

Lastly, see if you can take automatic off of the used drives and set it to manual or similar with the correct settings.

Hopefully this can help you.

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I've tried to contact Asrock technical support and their forums and I didn't get any answer. Hopefully, I can fiddle (is there such a word in the English language?) with the BIOS settings and speed things up at least a bit. – Tom Sep 13 '10 at 10:40
I tried fiddling around with the BIOS settings but nothing helped. I guess I'll just have to live with it until I get a whole new computer. Your answer was accepted for "Unfortunately some machines are just slow at power on." – Tom Sep 26 '10 at 18:07

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