General Tech Question
OK, I put together a computer for the express purpose of running Winamp. But I need some suggestions to cut down the boot time to around 10-20 seconds.
Abit VH6 II (BIOS ver 7F)
PIII 300 mhz
64mb pc100 ram (2 matching 32mb sticks)
WD Caviar 34300 (UDMA-2)
WD Caviar WD400 (mounted in removable HD bay) (UDMA-5)
Hercules 3D Prophet II MX (Standard VGA driver, no monitor used)
Onboard Realtek AC97 sound (driver ver 3.45)
17 Key Keypad connected to the PS/2 Keyboard port (Standard 102 key Keyboard driver)
Most recent BIOS and motherboard drivers from Abit
Windows 98SE (no updates installed, custom installation, Wordpad is the only optional component installed)
Winamp 2.91 full install with a Parallel port to LCD output plugin (do not remember the name)
I changed the line in the system.ini file from
Shell=Explorer.exe to Shell=C:Progra~1\Winamp\Winamp.exe
and I disabled the FDD control in the BIOS (no floppy installed). There are no optical drives, network interfaces, or any PCI cards installed.
Right now my boot time from pushing the power button to Winamp playing is 64-65 seconds. Is there anything else I can change in the BIOS/Registry/Startup files? I have done google searches for info on this but haven’t found much useful info. Also I haven’t been able to get it to boot without a video card, is there some way to do that? Basically the only thing I care about is it boots to Winamp, and the onboard sound chip, parallel ports and PS/2 port function. I am not necessarily looking for detailed instructions, just general info on some things I can change/delete and where to look for them.