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bnoobston
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W520 - slow boot?

Hi all,

 

I just got my w520 and I've noticed that it boots incredibly slow compared to other w520s. It takes nearly 2 minutes to load and is just annoying me because of what I paid for this laptop. The laptop is an i7-2720, 6gb ram, and 500 gb hdd and runs windows 7 enterprise. The bios version is 1.25.

 

I would appreciate any advice on how to optimize boot speed (and general processor speed) because it's just so much slower than I think it should be.

 

Thanks!

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huberth
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Location: USA
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Re: W520 - slow boot?


bnoobston wrote:

Hi all,

 

I just got my w520 and I've noticed that it boots incredibly slow compared to other w520s. It takes nearly 2 minutes to load and is just annoying me because of what I paid for this laptop. The laptop is an i7-2720, 6gb ram, and 500 gb hdd and runs windows 7 enterprise. The bios version is 1.25.

 

I would appreciate any advice on how to optimize boot speed (and general processor speed) because it's just so much slower than I think it should be.

 

Thanks!


You could set your BIOS to boot diagnostic mode. It may show you where the slowdown occurs. 

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W520 4270CTO i7-2820QM Quadro2000M 1920x1080 Display 16GB RAM 2x240GB Intel 510 SSDs (RAID 0) - BIOS 1.42 - PCMark7:4,568
Samsung Series 9 15-inch NP900X4C-A03US - PCMark7: 4674
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bnoobston
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Re: W520 - slow boot?

How would I go about doing this?

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huberth
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Re: W520 - slow boot?

Holding F1 at boot-up will get you the BIOS menu.
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W520 4270CTO i7-2820QM Quadro2000M 1920x1080 Display 16GB RAM 2x240GB Intel 510 SSDs (RAID 0) - BIOS 1.42 - PCMark7:4,568
Samsung Series 9 15-inch NP900X4C-A03US - PCMark7: 4674
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Exalt
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Registered: ‎08-06-2011
Location: Netherlands
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Re: W520 - slow boot?

I'm having the same issue, i fixed it by filling all my memory slots with 4gig modules... now it takes only 1,20 secs to boot!
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bnoobston
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Re: W520 - slow boot?

Where do you go inside bios? I looked but there was nothing that said diagnostic

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yongtw
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Re: W520 - slow boot?

F1 enter BIOS, go to Startup. Change boot mode from Quick to Diagnostics

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bnoobston
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Re: W520 - slow boot?

Tried it but nothing seems to have happened....any other suggestions? In my event viewer, it shows the boot time consistently as around 2:30 which is unacceptable for this type of laptop.

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huberth
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Re: W520 - slow boot?


bnoobston wrote:

Tried it but nothing seems to have happened....any other suggestions? In my event viewer, it shows the boot time consistently as around 2:30 which is unacceptable for this type of laptop.


During the diagnostic boot, is there any point where it hangs for more than 20 seconds?

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W520 4270CTO i7-2820QM Quadro2000M 1920x1080 Display 16GB RAM 2x240GB Intel 510 SSDs (RAID 0) - BIOS 1.42 - PCMark7:4,568
Samsung Series 9 15-inch NP900X4C-A03US - PCMark7: 4674
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harrisb
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Re: W520 - slow boot?

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Faster boot/load times can be had by by several routes:

 

1. Install BIOS 1.26  (allows CPU to get into TurboBoost on AC)

2. Replace the 2GB RAM dimm with a 4GB RAM dimm (dual channel memory offers 3-5% speed increase)

3. Install an mSata SSD 80GB (move OS and frequently used applications to SSD)

 

My system went from 2:50  in stock form (BIOS 1.25, 8GB RAM) to 47 secs (BIOS 1.26, mSata SSD + 8GB+ RAM).

 

Time to Windows 7 login 17 sec. (correcting typo)

 

 

W520, i7-2820QM, BIOS 1.42, 1920x1080 FHD, 32 GB RAM, 2000M NVIDIA GPU, Samsung 840 Pro 480GB SSD, Hitachi 1TB 7200rpm HDD, WD 2TB USB 3.0, eSata Plextor PX-LB950UE BluRay

W520, i7-2760QM, BIOS 1.42 1920x1080 FHD, 32 GB RAM, 1000M NVIDIA GPU, Crucial M500 480GB mSata SSD, Hitachi 500GB HDD, WD 2TB USB 3.0