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Boot time P900

2015-01-26, 22:29 PM

My P900 was shipped today and it is really well deisigned, everything is good placed and handling/upgrading and everything is fine, while the footprint of the P900 is quite large. But thats ok for me. The first thing i noticed is a very slow boot time. >1min

 

Slow BOOT

The P900 with SSD Boot Drive is very slow, my other Workstation (2 year old win7 install on a Lenovo D30) is a lot faster. Both boot from SSD. Is there anything i can tweak in the bios to boot faster. The Lenovo logo at startup shows very long before windows starts booting up.

 

best regards, and thanks for some answers

 

 

 

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Re: Boot time P900

2015-01-26, 23:27 PM

what other add-on cards (if any) are in the system?   what SSD are you using?   what OS and was it installed clean or cloned from the preload?

 

the more details you can provide, the better.   the P900 has a lot of components to run through POST but there might be a reason behind your slower boot time.

 

have you considered using sleep or hibernation rather than a full power cycle?

 

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Re: Boot time P900

2015-01-27, 0:14 AM

Hi Erik,

thanks for your reply.

 

I have no other add-on cards in the system.

I am using a Crucial 512 GB MX100, the ASSD Benchmark is quite good, not as good as the Samsung 840 in my D30. OS is win7 Pro 64bit.

The SSD is cloned from the original HDD provided with the system.

 

I am not using hibernation and sleep, i thought that this will eat up my SSD. Does it?

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Re: Boot time P900

2015-01-27, 1:24 AM

sleep and hibernation are fine with an SSD.   consider how many notebooks now use SSDs with sleep and hibernate and do so without issue.   a desktop or workstation would be no worse.

 

if sleep is an option for you, that alone would eliminate any boot delays and still save energy when not in use.

 

with that said, i'm not sure how ideal a cloned preload would be on an SSD.   there might be some optimizations in windows needing enabled or disabled to work more efficiently.   but, this would affect your boot time past POST, not any delays before POST completes.

 

the only recommendation i have would be to use UEFI mode (legacy disabled) in the BIOS, then install win7 clean onto GPT partitions if it isn't already.   legacy+MBR will be slightly slower than UEFI+GPT.   you might be able to clone from an MBR source onto GPT but i'm not an expert in cloning software to know if this ability exists.

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Re: Boot time P900

2015-01-27, 12:22 PM

thanks Erik for your recommendation. I will try to use hibernation more often, how high will the standby energy consumption be. If i don't shut down my workstations over night?

 

 

Now another problem occured, i randomly get a system freezes, error code shown on the front panel is S200. I couldn't find anything about this code. It looks like an System Voltages & Power  error. But this one is not been listed on this document.

 

i found out that it is a 0x124 error in windows - WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR

 

best regards.

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Re: Boot time P900

2015-01-27, 15:55 PM

Boot times on P900 are high, but unfortunately it's to be expected at this time.  It seems to be a platform wide issue with Grantley BIOS (i.e. industry issue).  We've tested the competition and our platforms actually fare a bit better in many cases with regard to boot time.

 

The best advice for now is to make sure your BIOS is up to date, and make sure you keep updating as new code gets released.  I think BIOS 62A is the latest right now, and itshould have some boot time improvements over some of the very early ship level BIOS releases.

 




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Re: Boot time P900

2015-01-27, 15:57 PM

True hibernate (S4) uses the same amount of power as shutting down your system (S5).  These sleep states are essentially the same....it's the return path used upon wakeup/power on that is different between them.  Depending on configuration and environment, S4/S5 usually consumes at most a few watts.




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Re: Boot time P900

2015-02-02, 8:48 AM

Thank you very much for your answer.

I installed the latest BIOS A62 from the Lenovo Support website. After the flash the shutdown sound was different and adterwards it only booted to a black screen, no video - nothing. I contacted support and they told me that if the bios update is not recomended over the system update utility, my guarantee is lost and they will try to start a accomodated service request, now a technician will come and replace the mainboard.

 

At the moment my Boot time is .... longer then ever ^^

 

 

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Re: Boot time P900

2015-02-02, 16:08 PM

What method did you use to update BIOS?  And did it complete successfully? 

 

I'm not sure what support is telling you, but if they are telling you that you should not update BIOS then I whole-heartedly disagree with that statement.




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Re: Boot time P900

2015-02-02, 21:15 PM

i used the flash from OS version. The Shutdown afterwards sounded kind of strange and was quite abrupt. Afterwards no video signal, no beep, no error message... just the fans started.

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