lag when booting windows v.bootcamp

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  1. maxgohan macrumors newbie

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    ok so i got my windows all set up with boot camp and everything works

    only thing i noticed is that when i 'option' button into the windows partition, before the black windows loading screen comes up, there is a '_' char flashing for quite some time...

    is this normal?

    i'm thinking it might be the timeout before windows loading where it checks to see if you wanna run anything from the disk, if this is the case how do i shorten the timeout?
     
  2. TheSideshow macrumors 6502

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    You probably have GUI boot turned off if it does this but never shows the Windows Orb coming together animation.

    Go to Start>type "msconfig">Boot> Uncheck No GUI boot if it's checked. If not I dont know.
     
  3. maxgohan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    for comparison...

    stock i5 MBP 2011 13" model

    from the start up 'option' screen
    load times:
    osx: 32.5 s
    win7: 1m59s

    the actual "Starting Windows" black screen doesn't show up until about 1m17s
     
  4. maxgohan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok under the boot tab in msconfig the 'No GUI boot' is unchecked

    can anyone with a similar setup try to do a boot time test for comparison?

    edit: heading out for a bit, hopefully there is some response to this :x:
     
  5. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Well, I can tell you that is 100% not normal. While I can't compare it to a 2011 i5 MBP running Windows 7, I do have a 2006 MBP running Windows Vista, and it boots in about 1/2 the time from the chime to a usable desktop.
     
  6. maxgohan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what would you recommend?
    delete the partition and reinstall widows again?

    if it's of any consolation, it was an install of the x64 version
     
  7. adrian1480 macrumors 6502

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    yes, it is normal.

    When you see the blinking cursor on the black screen, you can press the F8 key, which will enable you to see the Startup Options menu where you can and boot into various iteration of Safe Mode and other special boot modes.

    edit: when you say "quite some time", how long are we talking exactly? also, is there a disc in your SuperDrive? The blinking cursor should only last for a few seconds, followed by the Windows "loading screen".
     
  8. maxgohan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    no discs in the SuperDrive
    the blinking screen lasts for 1m +
    like I stated earlier, the Starting Windows screen shows up at 1m17s
     
  9. adrian1480 macrumors 6502

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    okay, I don't have an HDD (only SSD), but that sounds excessive. It blinks for maybe 2 or 3 seconds on my machine.

    But wait for someone running Windows 7 off of a normal hard drive to confirm either way.

    Make sure your Bootcamp drivers are up to date.
     
  10. maxgohan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    you mean the bootcamp drivers for windows?
    I have the 3.2 bootcamp installed on windows
     
  11. maxgohan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    alright so i formated the partition and did a fresh install of x64 and same thing
    maybe the iso i downloaded was messed up

    had an old x86 w7 laying around so i popped that in
    works like a charm, no more lag...

    managed to get my boot time down to 57s for w7 x86

    i'm downloading a new copy of w7 x64 w/ sp1, hopefully that one will work as well

    i'll eventually end up using vmware or parallels once i get an ssd
     
  12. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Sorry to rain on your parade but a SSD will do nothing for you in terms of speed in VM's unless you start running out of RAM.
     
  13. devilstrider macrumors 6502a

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    It's normal. Mine does it as well. It shows the blinking character for a while and then the windows logo comes up.
     
  14. TheSideshow macrumors 6502

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    Did you use a bootloader to run a non legit Windows?
     
  15. maxgohan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    as in a legit windows 7 cd, no i just burned one?
    why
     
  16. TheSideshow macrumors 6502

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    I mean like using a bootloader crack so that you can bypass the validation checks. Ive heard of them causing problems like you described
     
  17. maxgohan thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i didn't load any cracks or anything, just put in a burned cd?

    my burned x86 w7 cd worked fine, i'm gonna try the new iso i downloaded later today
     

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