you should move to the CMOS setup you should make sure that
none of the IDE channels (slave or master) are set to auto detect.
Rather, for each channel that you know contains a drive, set
the drive info to what that drive should be, so that it only
auto detects it once, and not each time you start the computer.
You will also want to set each channel that you know does not
have a drive attached to "none" as this will prevent
the computer from looking to that channel for a drive. Another
quick and easy tip would be to set the boot sequence to "C:"
only. This will prevent the computer from looking to drive A:
each time for a disk. Also make sure to disable floppy boot
seek if you choose to do this.
you should visit the advanced BIOS features/setting menu if
you have one. Here you can turn off or on your computer's boot
sector virus selector. Unless you are paranoid or more susceptible
to receiving a boot sector virus you should set this to "disabled"
for a faster boot sequence.
tiny, somewhat hidden utility aptly entitled System Configuration
Utility is a great place to start your Windows tweaking extravaganza.
This little program basically has control over most of the aspects
of the procedure of booting your computer in that there are
a few key files that are accessed during this time. Four files,
system.ini, config.sys, autoexec.bat and msdos.sys are easily
modifiable to speed up boot time. To run msconfig go to start
> run > type msconfig then press enter.
you'll want to choose selective startup under the general tab.
Next you should untick all excluding process system.ini, process
win.ini, and load startup group items. Unless you're running
virus scanning utilities you won't need to load autoexec.bat
as it'll probably be empty anyway. Please take note that the
WindowsME and Windows9x versions of msconfig are slightly different.
If you're a WindowsME user you will probably want to leave everything
except for load environment variables checked.