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Old 09-28-2009, 08:48 AM   #1
elfinkind
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Need to reset delay time in BIOS


I have recently gone through a RASH of installations of different versions of Linux. I was using an old decrepit hd so I wasn't worried about anything, and I was deliberately being rough on the installs in an effort to learn about using *nix operating systems. Indeed, I learned a lot, which is how I ultimately ended up with Arch as my primary OS.

At some point along the way, I managed to put something into my BIOS that changed the delay at startup from the original 10 seconds to a mind blowing (and highly irritating) 30 seconds. I don't remember what I did or when or with which install, but now I want to change it back to the way it was.

Can anyone help me? I have entered the BIOS on setup so many times I just about have the screens memorized, but I don't see a way to change it from BIOS itself. Hopefully there is a way to access it and fix it. This is driving me nuts!

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!
 
Old 09-28-2009, 11:19 AM   #2
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Are you certain it's in the BIOS and not in the loader? What is the last message you see before the delay starts?
 
Old 09-28-2009, 12:12 PM   #3
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I'm talking about the BIOS splash screen at the beginning of powerup, where I can press F1 to enter the BIOS or F10 to restore (which doesn't work anymore, as this was originally a windoze machine).

That screen stays up for 30 seconds now, where it used to only stay up for 8 or 10 seconds.

It has nothing to do with the OS, as it happens before GRUB comes up. I know how to configure the GRUB delay, but that isn't the same thing at all. I need to figure out how to change the BIOS delay.

Thanks for asking, hope this helps!
 
Old 09-28-2009, 08:14 PM   #4
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Make sure you don't have any devices plugged in, like USB or cd/dvd in your cdrom. I have no idea but have a look at this.
 
Old 10-28-2009, 05:32 AM   #5
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Memory check

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I'm talking about the BIOS splash screen at the beginning of powerup, where I can press F1 to enter the BIOS or F10 to restore (which doesn't work anymore, as this was originally a windoze machine).

That screen stays up for 30 seconds now, where it used to only stay up for 8 or 10 seconds.

It has nothing to do with the OS, as it happens before GRUB comes up. I know how to configure the GRUB delay, but that isn't the same thing at all. I need to figure out how to change the BIOS delay.

Thanks for asking, hope this helps!
Considering the above info I would check in BIOS Setup if "Quick Boot" is enabled in BIOS; that would skip extensive memory checks which could easily take your 20 lost seconds...
 
  


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