11-05-2011 07:44 PM
I'm new here with a week old X220. I love the thing so much that I went ahead and bought my wife an X120e in the hopes that she could feel the same "laptop love" as I do...
Anyway, I've been getting start up times lasting more than a minute on the X120e (E-350, 0596).
I think I remember having to enable or install RapidBoot onto my X220 but I can't for the life of me figure out how to do it on the X120e.
I've checked the BIOS and the only boot mode options were "Quick" and "Diagnostics".
Also the BIOS version is 1.14 so I figured maybe I need to update the current BIOS 1.15.
Unfortunately that opened up another can of worms as I kept getting a memory dump blue screen as soon as I try to install the update.
So anyone have any clues whats up?
Should I be concerned with the BIOS problem? Everything else works peachy - All I really want to do is get quicker start ups and shut downs.
Thanks in advance!
11-06-2011 12:17 PM
hi rapid boot is a solid state disc on a msata port.
in other words the old wireless card type slot.
some of the new notebooks feature a open msata port where you can add a ssd msata type.
if your x120e did not come with a ssd then you have to add it.
intel has released some and is pushing this format as as ocz and others.
msata is very tiny like the size of a older long card,the new wireless cards half size.
i would not go for any sandforce driven ssd as they are problematic for many and use alot of power and there speed is from the way they handle data that is not allways the best,they dont do uncompressed data well.
rapid boot uses the msata port that is sata 2 3.0Gbs speed even if the chipset is 6.0gbs.
the idea is to place the os on a fast ssd and keep a platter disc as well.
that makes for very easy upgrade and normally it is near the wireless card and standard disk.
however msata ssd are small and they tend to run slower then there biger brother 2.5 ' notebook size disk.
also they are very size limited but that not really a issue as you keep your platter drive and it a boot drive mostly.
they come in 40,64 sizes more then enough for a os and some programs.
but again they never run as fast as a standard size ssd or run fiull sata 3 6.0Gps speed.
intel is selling them on new egg and there been a big push on them so prices are sub 100.
but watch out there are many older eeepc models that are not fast at all and stutter.
the apple mac air and the new asus ultrabook use a msata form of this but it a super long.
this is how they get great performance in a tiny mac air but even those cards are substandard then what out there.
so your choices are the msata full that intel sells and it be called for rapid boot as this is really part of an intel thing.
there also software lenovo provides that tweeks the start up.
rapid boot 2.0 is really both.
i have a extra msata slot on my B575 like the 120e and i read that the 120 is A50 chipset so it should do sata 3 on the main drive however mine is capped at sata 2.
i picked a samsung 830 for my boot drive in the 2.5 standard slot and my boot times run 24-28 with levono EE boot 22 best.
msata wont do this or better as the drives are not as good as the full size drives but you might have a advantage in a 120 where it a A50 chip,note i said might because there a few chips and power settings and other factors change things alot.
20 secs i think would be best i think with EFI bios and a new samsung 830 or a M4 with say a sandy bridge.
those 10 sec or less are complete nonsence they use hibernation mode and a sleep state to wake a pc.
thats pretty much the limits of windows 7 somewhere around 22-24 on a brazos/atom like cpu and 18 plus on a full notebook cpu depending on how the os is setup on a solid state disc.
on a standard disk with windows 7 set up right mayby 45.
there more to a fast boot then just a lenovo program there also many tweeks needed in windows core and rapid boot normally just uses a way to solve slow booting programs.
windows 7 will tell you this as well what is booting slow and how long it takes.
i hope this is helpful and i been doing work on boot times for years so i knida know alot on how to setup and make a pc boot and run fast.
11-06-2011 02:40 PM
I think I might upgrade to an SSD at some point but for now I think I'll just stick it out with what I got.
Your post has been extremely helpful though at clearing things up when it comes time to upgrade though.
11-06-2011 02:45 PM
I was able to get the BIOS to kick in.
Instead of updating thru the ThinkVantage Toolbox, go straight to the lenovo site and download the update file.
Next, shutdown the computer... wait a few... then turn computer back on. Hook up AC adapter and battery, turn off wireless service and make sure no unnecessary things are running in the background. Finally, run the file, sit back and pray.