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Written by:
bolle
Score: 59
votes: 70
Format: Article

 How To Speed up Linux Mint Boot!


Hey there, I will be updating this with new tips and tricks I find work best!

(2012)

 

1.

Disable all un-needed services and applications from starting up,

do this by going into Mint Menu, and searching "startup" , it will give you an option to go to the program Startup Applications. click it.

Remove any unwanted or unused services that are in there, for example, remove bluetooth if you dont use bluetooth, printer (cups) iif you dont have a printer, etc.

This is basically the most drastic change in boot speed in my opinion.. The less services starting up, the faster the speed.

 

2.

Go to the terminal and type in

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

enter your root password, and wait for a file to open up.

look for the line that says

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"

and remove the words "quiet" and "splash" ( NOTE : THIS WILL DISABLE YOUR LINUX MINT SPLASH SCREEN, it doesnt help THAT much, but in my opinion it helps a little. )

also, add the word "profile" into that space. this wiill profile your boot and make it faster everytime, ( NOTE : THE FIRST BOOT AFTERDOING THIS WILL MOST LIKELY BE SLOWER, DONT WORRY! IT IS JUST REPROFILING YOUR BOOT NOW )

So basically make that line look like this --

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="profile"

Save and exit!

Open up a terminal again and type

Sudo update-grub2

enter root password, wait for it too update, and then  restart your computer.

 

3.

( NOTE : THIS WILL DISABLE LINUX FROM CHECKING YOUR HARD DRIVES EVERYTIME YOU BOOT.. it speeds it up alot, but if something goes wrong with your hard drive, you wont know! )

BE CAREFUL WITH THIS STEP! SKIP IT IF YOU WANT TO BE 100% SAFE

Open a terminal and type

sudo gedit /etc/fstab

enter root password, and then open the documentt

look for the line that says this

UUID=2a782d1e-fc91-4bbb-b86d-c139bb2d3f46 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1

you see that 1 at the end of it? change that  to a 0

also do it for your swap or other partitions if there are 1's next to them also.

in the end it will look like this

UUID=2a782d1e-fc91-4bbb-b86d-c139bb2d3f46 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       0

save and exit, andn restart your computer,

see the difference?

 

4.

open a terminal and type

sudo apt-get install bum

enter root password, and accept the installation

Open "Bum" by typing in

sudo bum

or going through the mintmenu!

From here you can disable other things that werent possible to disable from "startup applications", such as hdd temps, scanner services, etc.

Be careful with this also!

 

5.

This is a simple tip that most of you have already done, but make sure you set GDM ( the login manager ) to log you in automatically! Simple, but  saves alot of time!

 

6.

Disable compiz-effects!!

Unless you really want those crazy cool looking effects, then disable them! They add a bunch of extra time to your boot up!

Go to Menu > Appearance > Visual effects > None!

 

 

Added tips -

 

Bootcharts: 

open a terminal and type

sudo apt-get install bootchart

enter root password, wait for the download to finish.

restart your computer and go to 

/var/log/bootchart

there will be a picture of your boot!

there you can decipher what is slowing down yoour boot, etc!

 

 

 

Let me know if anything goes wrong, or if you have any suggestions !

I wrote this a while ago, just checked in!

 

Remember - there is always a possibility that modifying your system can mess up your computer, so be careful!


Tags: speed up, speed up boot,fast boot, slow boot, ext4, mint gnome, gnome speed up
Created: 4 years ago.
Last edited: 2 years ago.
Read 21320 times.

Comments
5 months ago

jfleen
Read everything you can and question everything you read. Nice tips, though.  
5 months ago

retrobeast
Hey There. Good tips but still have some questions.
I notice when I boot up mint 16 i seem to see all the behind the scenes code running on the screen as system boots.
Is there a way to hide that?

Also it seems my system booted up a lot quicker when I did the default dual boot install of mint. On this latest round I chose Something Else and created my own partitions.
I have tripled my bootup time slowness it seems.

Thanks in advance.
Retrobeast (wisebod@gmail.com)
 
1 year ago

ranbowsally
I'm a KDE user but I expect this would do the same for anyone.

The best speed improvement for me was to edit fstab and change the "error=remount-ro" to "defaults.

Went from about 5 minutes (I have several drives) to 30 seconds and still does fsck monthly -- which is plenty. And this is important to me because I have several OSs running on this machine.

The original setting, it seems to me, is only useful on first boot and should be accompanied by a warning that it's going to be slow first time.

(Note: of all the distros I have tested recently (Knoppix, opensuse 12 + 13, centos, and a few others) ONLY Mint has gotten grub installed correctly for a system that already has windows + another linux partition. Nice work!)

If the developers change the defaults or make it easier for newbies to change the fstab setting, I think Mint could become the KDE system to try to beat.

[As an aside: openSuSE 13 changed my boot partition and then couldn't even find my OTHER openSuSE installation. Fine for Win 8+ because no other linux can live with those, but for previous versions of Windows the boot partition should NOT be changed without the user's knowledge and permission. Mint put the bootloader where *I* wanted it. Thanks. I might be in love.]
 
1 year ago

Rokas
A bunch of useful info, thank you.  
2 years ago

seier
How can you disable the compiz effects (animations)? Please provide step by step instructions. This is way too vague. I'm a novice, from Ubuntu-land where it was extremely easy to disable all the animations and I loved that.  
2 years ago

pavankm
thanks Pal.  
2 years ago

bolle
Woah, i just noticed all these notifications, maybe i should redo it with better presentation?  
2 years ago

nuncio_bitis
Actually, no. The longest part of startup happens before you even see the GUI, long before you get a login prompt.
After the BIOS screen, there are minutes of black screen before the login screen. Once I log in, I can get to work in under a minute.
I'd say if you really want to speed up startup, remove a lot of drivers you don't need. CHange your BIOS to boot from the hard drive instead of a network or a CD.
 
2 years ago

jerincon
Useful tips, but I think is not all about booting exactly...  
3 years ago

blueXrider
I personally didn't see any improvement in performance after your recommendations.
It might be because I have optimized my system using other methods.

What I see, is if, one was using an earlier version of mint one might experience the improvement.

Useful tutorial though.
 
3 years ago

prativasic
I find this tutorial useful. Let me check how it goes with my system.  
3 years ago

dodjie60
I prefer rcconf than bum.  
3 years ago

900i
Great Tute, don't forget to install Preload from the repos for more speed.  
3 years ago

Alexio
It is a good idea to disable the unused services/daemons. For the first step of this short tutorial I recommend reading the full tutorial named Disabling unused daemons to speed up your boot sequence.  
4 years ago

m4daredsun
I agree with farnaby & kiswa.

The content is good, but the tutorial would become much better (or less scary for newbies) with an improved presentation and some more details about the operations you describe.
 
4 years ago

koolobus
And also remove Xserver, it makes your boot even faster.  
4 years ago

kiswa
I agree with farnaby.

Also, reformat the text so only important parts are bold, not the whole thing. The tips seem useful, but I can't take them seriously because of their presentation.
 
4 years ago

farnaby
Hm... Good Ideas, but a little more structure in the text layout would make this look much better. Also I think it would be a good idea to explain some things a bit more (e.g. which services can you disable safely? perhaps a link could help) and separate "newbie"-proof tunings (like disabling bluetooth, compiz etc) from those that are a bit risky and not to be recommended for everyone (like disabling hd check).
 
4 years ago

bolle
Totally forgot about that :)
Thanks for reminding me :D
 
4 years ago

Alexio
To profile boot times and bottlenecks easily through an intuitive image graph I recommend a bootchart software for the Boot Process Performance Visualization.  

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