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Boot time over 1 minute - machine slow

Post by Drygar » Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:46 pm

Hi all,

Been running Mint for more than half an year now. Last, I stuck with Mint 17.1 Xfce since this ran lighter of all Mint.
I have relatively new laptop Toshiba bought just for the Linux about half an year ago.

Been long time Windows user for more than 20 years and coming from Windows world, I expected same speed on Mint. Anyway, I got used to many of the things now.
What really bugs me is when I do machine restarts - this has always been very long journey.

Earlier today I installed bootchart and it measured my boot was more than 1 minute. I find this very long for new machine with multicore Intel processor, 4 GB RAM and 500 GB SATA II HDD with default Mint installation and very few additions. My start-up is pretty much default software + Virtual Box.

In the company I work for, we use Windows on the laptops in the office and these machines are really heavily loaded with software on them with pretty much the same specs and their boot time is less than 30-40 seconds. I'd expect the same or similar here.

I really find it annoying and I wonder why this happens.

Can some expert have a look at the attachment and provide advice how can I speed the boot time ? :arrow: http://store.picbg.net/pubpic/B6/36/70d ... c1b636.png
I really find it annoying and I wonder why this happens.

As a side note - some programs have always been very slow to open/work - e.g. Firefox browser.
Any help is greatly appreciated ! :arrow: Thanks !
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Re: Boot time over 1 minute - machine slow

Post by Buzzsaw » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:41 pm

Over one minute is abnormal. My computer boots in about 15-20 seconds.

I'm not familar with boot charts, but it seems from yours that many different boot processes are taking a long time. This suggests to me (and I might be wrong) that reading from your hard drive is abnormally slow.

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Re: Boot time over 1 minute - machine slow

Post by Drygar » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:49 pm

Buzzsaw wrote:Over one minute is abnormal. My computer boots in about 15-20 seconds.

I'm not familar with boot charts, but it seems from yours that many different boot processes are taking a long time. This suggests to me (and I might be wrong) that reading from your hard drive is abnormally slow.
Thank you!

Is there a way I can test this ?

I tested my HDD using Mint's internal tools, S.M.A.R.T, etc. - all seems fine and no HDD errors.
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Re: Boot time over 1 minute - machine slow

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Re: Boot time over 1 minute - machine slow

Post by Drygar » Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:29 pm

Hi,

Thank you.

I read the article from Ubuntu and performed the steps.
Here are the results - do you think they are OK ?
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Re: Boot time over 1 minute - machine slow

Post by Buzzsaw » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:28 pm

It seems slow. I repeated your 'dd' command a few times. The slowest speed I got was 762 MB/s, and the fastest I got was 1.1 GB/s. This was using a laptop with a slow 5400 rpm hard drive. So my hard drive is about four times faster than yours, and my boot time is about a quarter of yours; so your hard drive probably is the reason your boots are slow.

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Re: Boot time over 1 minute - machine slow

Post by Drygar » Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:23 am

Thank you so much ! I'll see what I can do.
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Re: Boot time over 1 minute - machine slow

Post by Drygar » Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:43 am

I booted via Live media (Live USB pen drive) and started the Benchmark utility in Disks to also check the HDD with this method.
It showed that both for the read/write, the average was about ~ 100 MB/s

Compared to your results, mines are insane :D <slow>
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Re: Boot time over 1 minute - machine slow

Post by Pierre » Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:29 am

both the HDDs in this PC are old: 60Gb /40Gb :o

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pierre@Maya ~ $ sudo hdparm -v /dev/sda

/dev/sda:
 multcount     = 16 (on)
 IO_support    =  1 (32-bit)
 readonly      =  0 (off)
 readahead     = 256 (on)
 geometry      = 7297/255/63, sectors = 117231408, start = 0
pierre@Maya ~ $ sudo hdparm -v /dev/sdb

/dev/sdb:
 multcount     = 16 (on)
 IO_support    =  1 (32-bit)
 readonly      =  0 (off)
 readahead     = 256 (on)
 geometry      = 4865/255/63, sectors = 78163247, start = 0
pierre@Maya ~ $ 
pierre@Maya ~ $ sudo hdparm -Tt /dev/sda

/dev/sda:
 Timing cached reads:   1516 MB in  2.00 seconds = 758.41 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads: 122 MB in  3.03 seconds =  40.27 MB/sec
pierre@Maya ~ $ sudo hdparm -Tt /dev/sdb

/dev/sdb:
 Timing cached reads:   1428 MB in  2.00 seconds = 714.27 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads:  80 MB in  3.05 seconds =  26.23 MB/sec
pierre@Maya ~ $ 
the boot time is about a minute - to desktop.
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