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DMcCl4
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Intel Xeon Silver 4208 2.1 GHz base; Multi-Partition HDD. Power start take three minutes to get Windows Boot Manager and 6 minutes to running OS Is this normal for the CPU? Would additional RAM improve start times?

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n_scott_pearson
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Adding additional DRAM is not going to make any difference to boot times. The biggest part of the problem has to do with how long the BIOS is taking to complete its POST processing. There are all sorts of things that could be responsible for this. It could be caused by USB devices (good or bad), DIMMs, storage devices, etc. External USB Hubs will always add to the delay as additional enumeration steps will be necessary. We also regularly see folks here asking about boot issues with some external USB HDDs. Older and higher speed DIMMs may require additional work to get initialized (try using different DIMMs to see if this makes a difference). Storage devices could have physical issues (be slowly failing; look at S.M.A.R.T. data as an indicator) or logical issues (corruption in the file system (run CHKDSK on your system drive), for example).

 

Hope this helps,

...S

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AlHill
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What motherboard?

What OS and VERSION?

How much ram do you have?

What HDD or SSD?

 

Much, much more information is needed before we can consider the processor being a problem.

 

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n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Adding additional DRAM is not going to make any difference to boot times. The biggest part of the problem has to do with how long the BIOS is taking to complete its POST processing. There are all sorts of things that could be responsible for this. It could be caused by USB devices (good or bad), DIMMs, storage devices, etc. External USB Hubs will always add to the delay as additional enumeration steps will be necessary. We also regularly see folks here asking about boot issues with some external USB HDDs. Older and higher speed DIMMs may require additional work to get initialized (try using different DIMMs to see if this makes a difference). Storage devices could have physical issues (be slowly failing; look at S.M.A.R.T. data as an indicator) or logical issues (corruption in the file system (run CHKDSK on your system drive), for example).

 

Hope this helps,

...S

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