smkreddy
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XPS 8900 slow boot time

I am seeing slow boot time on my XPS 8900 desktop (Skylake Core i7).  The desktop is booting off an M.2 Solid State Drive (the only drive) and boots into Windows 10.  The total boot time (from cold start to Windows login prompt) is about 19 seconds of which 14 seconds is taken by the BIOS - verified by the startup page in the Windows Task Manager as well.  Changing the POST behavior in the BIOS setting to minimal, thorough or auto does not change the boot time.  Looks like that part of the BIOS is not working and needs to be fixed.

For comparison, a one year old non-Dell, Core i3 with American Megatrends UEFI BIOS from 2013, fast booting enabled, booting from an older solid state drive into Windows 10 takes about 4 seconds.  The startup page of the Windows task manager shows that the BIOS takes 1.4 seconds to boot.

Dell XPS 8900 Older Machine
Processor Skylake Core i7 Older Core i3
Boot Device M.2 SSD Older SATA SSD
Boot Type UEFI UEFI
BIOS Dell American Megatrends from 2013
Fast Boot Yes Yes
BIOS Boot Time 14 seconds 1.5 seconds
Total Boot Time 28 seconds 4 seconds

Any suggestions on how to improve the boot time will be appreciated. 

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Dan-H
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RE: XPS 8900 slow boot time

Same problem with 8700 after one of the BIOS updates around A06. 

To work around this, I put the desktops to sleep (not hibernate) and and reboot weekly or so.

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smkreddy
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RE: XPS 8900 slow boot time

Thanks for the response.  I was hoping that Dell would fix this but doesn't appear that it is high on their radar.  I have contacted support about this as well.  Will update this thread if that leads to something.

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Dan-H
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RE: XPS 8900 slow boot time

I would not hold my breath waiting for dell to improve this.

It took a long time for dell to update BIOS to get it to work with GTX 9xx class video cards and there was a huge uproar.

The thing is, once you use retail hardware (vs OEM hardware) that has competition (eg Gigabyte, ASUS, EVGA ) you will start to see the Niche that Dell plays in, and most buyers don't know what they are missing.

It is unfortunate that Dell doesn't improve their BIOS because their hardware choices are decent and middle of the road and at the price point of an 8900 it could be much, much better if their software was better.

pea1052nut
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RE: XPS 8900 slow boot time

Your 8700 should be A10

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Dan-H
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RE: XPS 8900 slow boot time

Your 8700 should be A10

I have one 8700 with A10 to support a GTX 970.
I have one 8700 with A06 to correct the beep on boot after installing a GTX 760
I would not be surprised if the 8900 BIOS is a fork of the XPS 8700 version A10 or A11 version with support for Win10, and GTX 9xx graphics cards. 
Either way, the Bios is really slow to boot.
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blitzkrieg79
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RE: XPS 8900 slow boot time

Hello,

Few days ago I have received an XPS 8900 but with a regular (non-SSD) 1 GB hard drive and I have actually timed the total boot time (from machine being turned off, to Windows 7 log in screen) and it takes a total of 48 seconds which seems to be rather slow.

smkreddy
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RE: XPS 8900 slow boot time

An update:  After spending several hours with Dell support, there was no progress on the issue.  Since it was a new system, I was able to exchange it for another XPS 8900.  The second one had the same issue as well.  So, it was not specific to my original XPS 8900 (as Dan-H mentioned earlier).  The other desktop I was comparing the boot times to in my earlier post is an HP Pavilion 500-200t (a low end model) and it is surprising that Dell wouldn't fix the issue.  I wonder if HP advertising how much quicker their desktops boot up in comparison to Dell's would do the trick :-)

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smkreddy
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RE: XPS 8900 slow boot time

That does sound rather slow.  However, I have not time the boot times with the hard drive that came with the desktop (non-ssd).  So, can't comment on that.  I am not sure if there is anything in Windows 7 that would provide how long the BIOS is taking to boot.  In Windows 10, that information is on the "startup" page of the task manager.

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joosujin
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RE: XPS 8900 slow boot time

I have XPS 8900 with Windows 10 and BIOS v2.1.3.  It takes 115 seconds to boot...  There seems to be nothing that I can do but to wait for a new BIOS release.

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