Speed Up Boot-Up Process in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

A mentionable open source code operating system, the The Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” provides its users to control the system activities like no other, making it undoubtedly the most user friendly platform available today. However, according to some, a drawback of the Lucid Lynx is the time taken for the operating system to boot. The booting process of the Ubuntu 10.04 is arguably slow and as a result the user has to wait for an ample amount of time to login to his system. We here, at Tech-Tips-Geek plow upon this problem and shade light on the process to reduce the boot time in Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx”.

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How Does the Booting Process Speed Up?

The booting process in Ubuntu 10.04 can be sped up by creating a “Boot Profile” that is saved into your system. The next time your system boots up, it uses this saved profile to carry out the booting process. This results in a scenario where the system recognizes that it’s working upon something that had been been previously completed. It refers to the “Boot Profile” to boot up making the process faster and reducing the time required normally.

The booting speed increases once the system has booted up for 2 or 3 times. This is because the “Boot Profile” gets updated every time your system starts up.

Procedure to Reduce Boot Time :

The process to speed up the booting process involves editing the Grub (similar to editing the Registry in Windows), and then updating it. The Grub needs to be re-edited and updated once again following a reboot of your system to complete the process. Proceed in the following steps to make your system boot-up faster using Ubuntu 10.04 as your operating system :

Editing the Grub :

1. Click on “Applications” and navigate to Accessories>Terminal to open the Terminal window to access the system’s internal proceedings.

2. At the Terminal, type in the command line as shown in the screenshot below and press ENTER to open the Grub console.

3. You are at once prompted to type in the administrative password. Type in your set password and press ENTER to continue with the process.

4. The Grub console opens up. You are now privileged to edit the Grub.

Edit the line highlighted in the above screenshot (GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash”), by typing in “profile” after the word splash, so that the line now displays GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”quiet splash profile”. The screenshot below displays the resulting edited grub.

5. Save the edited grub by clicking on the “Save” option in the menu-bar. Close the grub console.

Updating the Grub :

Once you have edited the Grub, the next step is to update Grub2. The process to accomplish this is given below :

1. In the open Terminal, type in sudo update-grub2 and press ENTER. As in the previous case, type in your administrative password and press ENTER.

2. The grub2 gets updated with the editions you have performed. The results display that a boot-up linux image has been found and loaded.

3. Exit the Terminal and restart your system.

Re-Editing and Updating the Grub :

Once the system reboots, you need to re-edit the grub and update it once again to complete the total process.

1. After the system restarts, open the Terminal and follow the steps to open the grub console as described above.

2. The grub console opens. Move to the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT-“quite splash profile”. This is the line that you had earlier edited. Now re-edit it to remove the word “profile” that had been added before.

3. Save and Exit the grub console.

4. At the Terminal, again type in sudo update-grub2 and press ENTER. Confirm by entering your administrative password.

5. The grub2 gets updated and this is displayed to the user through the Terminal. Close the Terminal window and for a second time, restart your computer.

When the system is booting up on restarting, a noticeable change in the boot time is seen. Ubuntu 10.04 boots up a lot faster consuming much less amount of time than it would take normally. The difference in time is more perfectly visualized after a couple of more restarts.

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  1. Minibiti :

    You can also edit the grub setting directly at boot time, with the bonus that your changes will take place only for that boot.
    More info here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=254263

  2. Mike Huff :

    When I open up grub, there is no text to edit. Help?

  3. Daniel_Laixer :

    @Mike Huff

    Remember using “sudo”!

  4. arvindh :

    just interested to know what dose that “quiet splash” & “quiet splash profile” means/reffer to,..?!!
    coze i have the booting slowdown problem very recently. before that i was so proud and did showed-off a lot about my quickest booting time which was about 5-7 sec. once i did a heavy set up for hardware programming on linux like AVR,PIC,TI microcontroller to work around with, my booting time started increaing, and im sure that these have’nt caused such a mess. lately i found root partision was 25% full and home was 99% full,..

    so brfore doing anything i want know what will the do exactly at system level.

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