Test Results so Far
FMCB boots a little over 2 seconds Faster if the FREEMCB.CNF is loaded from a reasonably fast USB device. Below are some test results of how long it takes from pressing the reset button till you can see the OSDSYS. (Timed with a stopwatch on a v9 PS2 connected to NTSC CRT TV via composite cable. Times are averages of 5-6 test times.)
Sony 8MB Official
From Standby mode- 15.8 seconds
From OSDSYS or PS2 game- 15.5 s
From Standby W/ Lexar 8GB Flash drive and FREEMCB.CNF on root of drive- 13.3 s
From OSDSYS or PS2 game W/ Lexar 8GB Flash drive and FREEMCB.CNF on root of drive- 12.9 s
From OSDSYS or PS2 game W/ Kingston 8GB Flash drive and FREEMCB.CNF on root of drive- 13.4 s
**Note- Certain Kingston drives may require the use of the newer IRX files from uLE in the SYS-CONF folder of the MC with FMCB installed. (see link below)
Datel 16MB (newest PCB design)
From Standby mode- 16.9 s
From OSDSYS or PS2 game- 16.6 s
From Standby W/ Lexar 8GB Flash drive and FREEMCB.CNF on root of drive- 14.2 s
From OSDSYS or PS2 game W/ Lexar 8GB Flash drive and FREEMCB.CNF on root of drive- 13.8 s
Anyone else who can do similar tests with USB drives they know to be even speedier than mine may find it is even faster.
I did test with a slower USB drive and it was a second or so slower.
There has been discussion that having fewer OSDSYS_ITEM entries in the FREEMCB.CNF will make FMCB boot faster than having more. I will test this with my FREEMCB.CNF that has 100 entries.
If I'm lacking some critical information about how to make FMCB boot even faster, let me know. I found this information out while testing which MC would boot FMCB fastest. The original thread about that is the first one linked below.
Please post your results if you find a USB device that is drastically faster, or slower than the test results above.
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Thanks to the FMCB team, dlanor, radad and all who offer test results in the future.