10 years ago
Hey there, I will be updating this with new tips and tricks I find work best!
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.
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
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 --
Save and exit!
Open up a terminal again and type
enter root password, wait for it too update, and then restart your computer.
( 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?
open a terminal and type
sudo apt-get install bum
enter root password, and accept the installation
Open "Bum" by typing in
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!
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!
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 -
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
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!
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with no where? errors, between you and guy making the comments. #2 When you refer to entering something into terminal show the last few chars. of the prompt ... like "...$". I'm new to this big world of linux and there are many details to learn! My name is Bill Kannon and my #is 586-468-8338. We could discuss your fine work from my "newbie" point of view, if that would help you?
Read everything you can and question everything you read. Nice tips, though.
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.
A bunch of useful info, thank you.
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.
Woah, i just noticed all these notifications, maybe i should redo it with better presentation?
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.
Useful tips, but I think is not all about booting exactly...
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.
I find this tutorial useful. Let me check how it goes with my system.
I prefer rcconf than bum.
Great Tute, don't forget to install Preload from the repos for more speed.
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.
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.
And also remove Xserver, it makes your boot even faster.
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.
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).
Totally forgot about that :)
Thanks for reminding me :D