We bought a new Dell Latitude two weeks ago (E5420 with core i5) and noticed that the shutdown time for windows was much longer than other laptops we have. I was finally able to narrow it down to the O2FLASH and O2SDIOAssist services that were running (I assume these services were installed from the O2 Micro Driver on Dell's website). I stopped the services and set them to manual startup and now the laptop shuts down 20 seconds faster than with them on. It went from a full 30 seconds down to 10 seconds to shut down.
Does anyone know:
a) why it does this
b) if these services are really needed
c) anyway of finding out a solution to this problem, or is it just one of those things that really will never get addressed with Dell or O2 Micro?
O2 Mirco didn't have any sort of tech support option on their website, and I am afraid if I call Dell tech support, I'll just get the standard "script reading" tech support agent from another country.