I recently install Mandrake 9.1 on an older machine with a light installation (no KDE/GNOME/extra apps) and do not plan to use X11. However, the machine still takes about 4.5 minutes to boot up and I'd like to cut down on this if possible. There are 3 points at which the machine spends considerable time while booting:
- Finding module dependencies: (1 min 30 secs)
Is it necessary to run depmod on every boot? If so, is there a way to cut down on the amount of time it takes to run (by removing modules or caching the results somehow).
- Checking for new hardware (50 secs)
Not installing any new hardware.. My guess is this is harddrake running, can/should I disable it?
- Doing alsactl to restore mixer settings... (1 min)
I definitely want to keep the sound system running, but this seems like an awful long time to "restore mixer settings". Is there a way to turn this off or defer restoring whatever this is until later?
Besides these things performance has been very good for a K6-2 150, and the machine will happily play mp3s, serve web pages, and do file storage. Any help I can get with these issues or general pointers for reducing startup time would be appreciated. Thanks.