|I have the Gateway Solo 9100 and 9300 notebooks.|
With Windows 95 installed, they both have minor delays at boot up due to:
1) ESS audio driver that loads in DOS mode right after the "Starting Windows 95" message
2) PCMCIA driver and Orinoco Gold wireless card which loads in DOS mode, also right after the "Starting Windows 95" message
Windows 98 would experience these delays as well. My experience from the 2002-2006 period of increasing broadband availability has been that Windows 9x loads ethernet and wireless 802.11x network cards slower than NT based versions of Windows.
Such is the compromise of being able to use old software and hardware witth DOS based operating systems.