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Question Bios time consistently 25+ seconds

Jun 22, 2021
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I am using a PC I built around 3 years ago that I encountered this problem with a few months ago. For a while now I have been having very long BIOS times usually around 30 seconds.
My build is:
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor
Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti graphics card
MSI B350 PC Mate motherboard
16GB ram
2 SSDs
4 Hard drives
An optical drive
1 PCIe Wifi adapter
1 PCIe SATA expansion card
Peripherals Id typically have plugged in on boot are:
Keyboard + mouse
2 monitors
Speakers
headphones
a USB hub
and an HTC link box for my VR setup

First of all I know the fist thing to do was to try disconnecting peripherals and my many hard drives but this had little to no effect on my boot time.
One thing I have noticed wile my PC boots is that text flashes on the screen before the typical BIOS screen. Fist being a description of my graphics card. Then blank with a single flashing underscore. Then a description of my PCIe SATA expansion card.

I tried removing the SATA expansion card along with all the items I disconnected before and my BIOS time decreased by about 5 or 6 seconds. Still very long, but better. Obviously I can't disconnect my graphics card and still have a working computer. I have removed all boot options but my primary SSD in my BIOS but still nothing.
So here I am turning to the lovely folks on the Tom's Hardware Forum to help me.
 
Jun 22, 2021
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If you have disabled all of the optional boot ROMs, then "fast boot" which skips the quick memory check and possibly other POST tests should be the only time-hogger left if you haven't enabled that already.
I cannot seem to find such a feature in my BIOS. It should be on the boot page but I don't see anything of that sort.
 
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Make sure you disable the splash screen so that you can actually see what’s happening when the bios is posting

This is what I get upon disabling the splash screen. Everything seems normal to me.
Note this is after a while of a blank screen with an underscore like this:
 

InvalidError

Titan
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I cannot seem to find such a feature in my BIOS. It should be on the boot page but I don't see anything of that sort.
I think every PC I've had starting with my 486DX had a "fast boot" option, I'd be a little surprised if a modern board got rid of it at a point in time where people demand faster boot times... unless the manufacturer decided to force fast-boot.

If your BIOS really doesn't have a fast-boot option, then there aren't many options left to explain the long boot delay besides something being on the fritz and taking much longer to initialize than it is supposed to.
 

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