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My MacBook Air takes 4-5 hours to boot.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nuribruner, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie


    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.
  2. macrumors 65816


    Did this happen suddenly one day, or gradually over time?
  3. macrumors 68000

    Video -> youtube or it isn't happening. Just shoot the 1st 5 minutes after you press power.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    And what model is it, and does it have an SSD?
  5. macrumors 68030

    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.
  6. macrumors demi-god


  7. macrumors newbie



    It happened immediately.
  8. macrumors demi-god


    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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    macrumors newbie


    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.
  10. macrumors 68030

    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
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 16, 2011

    macrumors newbie


    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.
  12. macrumors 65816


  13. nuribruner, Feb 16, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 16, 2011

    macrumors newbie


  14. macrumors G5


    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
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 16, 2011

    macrumors newbie


    What do they mean by the grey screen? the whitish grayish screen when you first start up or a different one?

    it isnt =(
  16. macrumors 65816



    I hope you have a backup of your system then.
  17. macrumors demi-god


    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.
  18. macrumors newbie


    Alright I tried that and it's been about 5min on the greyish whitish screen. Is that normal?
  19. macrumors P6


    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
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2011

    macrumors newbie


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

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


    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. =(
  21. MRU


    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.
  22. macrumors newbie


    Thank you very much. So if the HDD is shot then what do i do? This was a very expensive computer =(

    Well.......... It is still taking along time. Crap.
  23. MRU



    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.
  24. macrumors newbie


    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?
  25. macrumors 6502

    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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