My MacBook Air takes 4-5 hours to boot.

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    nuribruner

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    Hey guys,

    My MacBook Air takes a total of 4-5 hours to load 3 hours on the white screen, an hour on both the blue screens and when it finally gets the the desktop opening an application takes 10-15 minutes. the whole time it's incredibly slow.

    What the heck's wrong with it.
     
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    Did this happen suddenly one day, or gradually over time?
     
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    Video -> youtube or it isn't happening. Just shoot the 1st 5 minutes after you press power.
     
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    And what model is it, and does it have an SSD?
     
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    4 hours? Kind of extreme... dont you think?

    I would never stare at a computer for 4 hours to just boot up.

    Take it apple store. Your computer is not working.
     
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    You are a better man than I am if you waited 5 hours to see if it would boot

    Take it to Apple and have them look at it
    Anything else and you are probably wasting even more time ;)
     
  9. nuribruner, Feb 16, 2011
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    It is along time but I Just leave it on the table while i do other things. regrettably i don't have $84 to spend so i have to figure it out some other way =(

    No ssd. older model.
     
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    Where is this 84 dollars coming from? Is that what apple quoted you for repairing this machine?

    Are you out of warranty?
     
  11. nuribruner, Feb 16, 2011
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    It happened immediately. for no apparent reason.

    I am out of warranty. it's the local apple repair they quoted $84 just to look at it for an hour.
     
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    If it is one of the new MBAs then it doesn't matter what's wrong - it will be fixed under warranty.
     
  15. nuribruner, Feb 16, 2011
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    What do they mean by the grey screen? the whitish grayish screen when you first start up or a different one?

    it isnt =(
     
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    Yes.

    I hope you have a backup of your system then.
     
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    If you don't positively know what you're doing, I recommend leaving Terminal alone. It's a good way to screw up your system.
     
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    Alright I tried that and it's been about 5min on the greyish whitish screen. Is that normal?
     
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    If you say it happened all of a sudden and your MBA has a HDD in it and is running slowly. I'd say the hard drive is dying.
     
  20. nuribruner, Feb 16, 2011
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    nuribruner

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    Ha, no way I'm a hard core terminal person!!!!

    Ahh shoot i hope your wrong how would i fix something like that?




    Okay!!!!!!

    It's been about 30min after receting the RAM so i don't think it worked. I tried the disk utility and it said it was unable to verify. =(
     
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    When starting up your mac, hold down option/alt so that it forces the machine to look for a boot-up drive and then shows up the Macintosh HD.

    If it's still taking forever then yes, your HDD is probably shot.

    If it shows up, and then you can boot - once booted go into system preference, click on startup disk, and select Macintosh HD, and then click the lock.

    Then go into utilities / disk utility and repair disk permissions.

    Then reboot and see if things have improved.
     
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    Thank you very much. So if the HDD is shot then what do i do? This was a very expensive computer =(

    <EDIT>
    Well.......... It is still taking along time. Crap.
    </EDIT>
     
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    Do you know what revision of Macbook Air you have ?

    Your choices are to take it to an Apple Store and have them repair it / replace the drive.

    Or if you're feeling daring you could source a 1.8" PATA drive off ebay for your MacBook Air and attempt to replace the drive yourself.

    Either way........ it is going to cost you some $$$ regardless unfortunately, unless it's very new and you are still covered by a warranty of some regard.
    :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    I have the older version =( so how much $$$ are we talking? If anything i would do it myself.


    I also have the smaller hard drive will the 1.8 still work?

    And while i'm at it is it passable to update the memory?
     
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    Terminal is what makes OS X great. It is a full unix system and to get the maximum out of it, terminal is the way to go.
    You probably a Unix ignorant with terminal fear... so be it..... but please don't speak about what you do not know nor understand!
     

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