GRUB loading really slowly
I recently installed Ubuntu on my Acer Aspire laptop to make use of the 64bit processor (the machine shipped with WinXP Home edition). I've had no issues with neither Ubuntu nor GRUB on other hardware, but on the laptop, GRUB takes ages to load. After the BIOS POST, there's a blank screen with a blinking cursor for some 30-45 seconds, after which the grub menu finally shows up, after that, everything runs smoothly, with no slowdowns. NTLOADER boots up instantly, but that doesn't really help, because if I were to add Ubuntu into the Windows bootmenu (yuk!), GRUB would still have to load, and I'd just get extra overhead from having to load NTLOADER first.
I don't have any splash-screens or other eye-candy in GRUB, and other than renaming the Caption of my second windows boot-option I've made no changes to what Ubuntu Feisty defaults to.
Any help at all with this would be greatly appreciated, because this is a major nuisance, mainly because I need the laptop to be ready for use as fast as possible when I power it on, for obvious reasons.
Thank you in advance for any and all replies, and please do tell if any further information is needed, I'll be more than happy to provide additional details.