Why does wife's laptop boot faster than mine?

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January 8, 2010 at 12:24:38
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium x86
My laptop has an AMD Turion64 X2 2.0GHZ with a 1.6GHZ FSB and 4GB RAM. My wife's laptop has an Intel Centrino Duo 1.5GHZ with a 800MHZ FSB and 2GB RAM. Both are running Vista Home Premium 32-bit, and yet her laptop boots and loads the startup applications faster than mine, even though mine clearly has the faster processor and more RAM. Both have practically the same startup programs (hers may even have more!), and yet, I get the shaft on boot performance. Any Ideas?

P.S. My former boss used to work at Microsoft and he said that Vista has known compatibility issues with AMD Processors, sometimes causing up to a 50% performance loss, if this helps at all.


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#1
January 8, 2010 at 13:48:14
If you have a lot of programs installed, this can slow down the boot-up

Also try cleaning the registry and defragmenting the hard disk....

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#2
January 8, 2010 at 18:24:57
Thanks for the quick response.

I periodically defrag, virus/malware scan on both computers. Her computer has always loaded faster, even from the first day we got them. Both have been reformatted since then with the same results. She actually has more programs installed than I do, yet mine boots to a usable state slower than hers.

I am beginning to wonder if AMD just isn't as compatible with Vista as Intel is, or rather Vista was written to run better on Intel processors.

I am A+ certified, but this is kinda of baffling. The specs on mine are obviously better than hers, and yet hers boots to a usable state faster than mine.

Any other ideas?


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#3
January 8, 2010 at 23:27:58
Several days ago I found such a thing....there was a patch to install, but I can`t find it now...

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#4
January 9, 2010 at 15:47:40
When comparing computer systems, the few seconds that one machine boots faster than another is not a validation of which is actually faster between the two in the grand scheme of things.

Also, the Turion 64 does not utilize a front-side bus in the traditional sense. AMD designed the CPU with an integrated -- on-die -- memory controller & a HyperTransport bus link.

One other thing, Intel Centrino Duo is not exactly a CPU. It's a mobile technology featuring the CPU, chipset and wireless network module. My guess is: your wife's machine sports a Core Duo processor or the Core 2 Duo processor which is superior to the Core Duo.

Tweaking the BIOS can help speed up the boot process, you can also configure the PC via msconfig to use both CPU processors during the boot process.

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#5
January 9, 2010 at 17:24:44
I remember reading something about tweaking the msconfig, but then I read that Vista by default uses all the cores during boot, and the tweak was just a sham. I don't know which is true, since I haven't tried it myself.

My wife's laptop does have the Core 2 Duo 1.5GHZ CPU with the Centrino Technology. Sorry, I should have emphasized that earlier.

Once my computer is booted, it is faster than hers in every way, but during the boot and startup loading is when hers beats me out. Its not just a few seconds, its like almost a whole minute faster than mine on boot and startup programs.

My former boss who used to work at Microsoft said there was a patch for AMD on Vista, but he never got around to getting me the info.

Any other suggestions? I can try the msconfig CPU setting and see if it works though...


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