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When I boot my computer, I've never seen a boot screen. I only get a purple or black background for about 45-60 seconds (which seems abnormally long to me, considering I have a fairly modern system and when the process of shutting down takes about 6 seconds tops). Is this normal? If not, any suggestions on a possible fix or what could be causing it? I see it sometimes when I shut down, but is it normal that I never see this image on boot up:

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Shutdown is fast because slow processes are dealt a swift kill after a timeout. Booting will be slow as long as you store the os on a harddrive. – Egil May 6 '12 at 20:26
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It could be that the timeout for the Grub menu is set to zero. You can have a look by installing Grub Customizer. The link below gives some great help as well as showing you how to install it. Good luck.

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The timeout was set to zero. I suppose that's the default option. The Grub Customizer helped a lot. Thanks! – Jiskya May 6 '12 at 19:33

I don't think it will be a problem, because holding Shift during initial boot on swaps the purple screen for the text console where all sorts of messages are logged.

Shift varies a bit per distribution, I believe it is for Ubuntu.

The time required to boot is totally dependend on a number of things, this answer explains how you can figure out what your time is being spent on.

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