I'm about to sell my old laptop (Dell Inspiron 1545, 3GB RAM, Core 2 Duo @ 2.0 GHZ, 250GB HDD) to a family member. I decided to put Linux Mint (64-bit) on it as well since that's what they're used to and I don't have a Windows license they can use for it other than Vista (*shudder*).
However, after the initial setup, I noticed the boot was taking an unusual amount of time.
Some Googling brought me to a program called bootchart which times your boot and provides an extremely detailed chart of what is being loaded.
So I ran it on the Dell and got a boot time of 1:18. Not too shabby. But it still seemed slightly slow to me.
Ran it on my netbook. 47 seconds. Whut?
How in the heck is an Atom-based netbook 31 seconds faster than a Core 2 Duo-based laptop? Not to mention the fact that there is extra stuff running on the netbook at startup (Dropbox, LibreOffice Quickstarter, Firestarter firewall, etc.). The 64-bit install on the Dell was squeaky clean. At first, I thought it might be a 32-bit vs 64-bit thing, but some research seems to have dispelled that theory (most people say 64-bit is faster than 32-bit on capable hardware).
I even installed 32-bit Linux on the Dell just to be sure and my boot time according to bootchart was 1:08 (still 21 seconds slower).
Edited by keyboardNinja, 24 July 2011 - 08:57 PM.