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Okay, this is my first time posting here, so bare with me please. I have an Acer Aspire 1810T (I think it's also called a Timeline) and I am currently dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10. Here's the problem, when I choose Ubuntu in Grub, it takes maybe 5-6 minutes to boot. This can't be right! I have a dual core and 4 gb of ram! I've tried Jolicloud as well before and had the same problem. I thought it was slow because it was pre-beta. On the other hand, my Windows 7 boots in 45 sec.! What might be my problem?
There is a known problem with the newest Ubuntu. They are working on a patch. FYI, Cosmic Koala uses grub-2, which is very different than grub. There is no "menu.lst". The boot is controlled by scripts. You could do a web search for grub-2 info. If I remember correctly, during boot on the new Ubuntu, all drives are being scanned even though it is not necessary, taking an unusually long time to boot.
My best solution would be to make sure that you have the latest updates. I triple boot with OpenSuSE, Ubuntu, and XP. I use the grub that comes with OpenSuSE.
The problem is with generic ide and chipset drivers
The kernels that come with the distributions are compiled for every possible hardware. Usually laptops have fancy or strange chipsets, and the generic drivers can not activate the high speed modes for ide interfaces (usually some UDMA level).
The solution is to compile a kernel specifically for your machine. To do that, you need a list of the hardware, which can be obtained using the lspci command. Then download the kernel sources, configure, compile and install it as another entry in your boot choices.
Last edited by Perromuerto; 01-05-2010 at 10:56 AM.