slow startup...MBC2d

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  1. arsenalroc macrumors newbie

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    my core 2 duo MB takes a fair while to start up- about 1 minute which in my terms is really slow
    I have 1 Gb of RAM and 120GB HD with 86BG free space
    and wherever i start programs in the Dock like Firefox or itunes , it seems to bounce for ages once it start?
    you reckon its a problem or am i just being pedantic??
     
  2. poppe macrumors 68020

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    I get this problem a lot if I try to start them to early after a restart or a shutdown. If I don't wait until everything is done loading and what not.... sucks because actually my programs don't open they just bounce and bounce and boucne and bounce. then they stop and just have a little triangle under them...
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    What do you have listed in your Login Items in System Preferences and also in your StartupItems folder in the Library? After restarting, if it stays sluggish for a little while then open up Activity Monitor, view All Processes and see if there's anything taking up an extraordinary amount of resources. :)
     
  4. poppe macrumors 68020

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    New to Mac's so don't laugh. How do you pull up the activity monitor
     
  5. McGarvels macrumors 6502

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    Applications...Utilities....Activity Monitor. It's a good idea to have it in your dock and have it startup at login, it lets me have a quick view of where all of my memory is going. You can change the icon in the dock to match system memory, disk activity, disk usuage, and network status. Just right click(or control click) the activity monitor icon and go to "dock icon" and then you can change what it shows.

    No worries man, I'm new to Macs too. You get used to them real quick though! Merry Christmas and Happy New Years.

    Cheers!
     
  6. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    If this is from a cold boot, yes, you probably are. Initial startup after a cold boot is slow because everything is being swapped from the hard disk into memory.

    Also, I noticed my startup times becoming more short with the passage of time, Tiger has some startup optimization features that take a few boots to implement.
     
  7. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Cool thanks. You to!!!
     
  8. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    Nice tip. I've set that at least for a while.
     
  9. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Ok here is the confusion I have... I have 2 GB's of RAM and I have activity monitor running, mail, and firefox running. Dashboard is up but only has 5 widgets up and I also have a yahoo calendar widget up...

    How with only that am I using 1.75 gb's of RAM
     
  10. McGarvels macrumors 6502

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    That is active RAM right? That is unusual. It should show a list of active programs running and the Real Memory and Virtual Memory that each app is using. Have the filter set to "All Processes" this way you will see everything. Sort the list by Real Memory and see which apps are the memory hogs. Are you running any non-Universal binary apps? Rosetta is a big memory hog. You can tell by the "KIND" list on the far right, it will either say Intel or PowerPC. Post back with a list of what is taking up the most memory. Hope this helps.
     
  11. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Oh umm... I acctually don't know. Here I'll tell you what it exactly says.

    Wired: 180.91 MB
    Active: 781.46 MB
    InActive: 842.50 MB

    Used: 1.76 GB

    Free: 242.55 MB
    VM size: 12.26 GB

    Page ins/outs: 113393/667

    I was just going by Used and Free. but I'm supposed to go by active and inactive?
     
  12. instorn macrumors newbie

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    I was experiencing slow booting times with my C2D MBP (~1min) until I came across this fix:

    Go to System Preferences -> Startup Disk and make sure Mac OS X on Macintosh HD is selected. It cut my boot time to under 25 seconds.
     
  13. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Where do you select the HD? I'm in start up dick and it says "Select the system you want to use to start up your computer" and gives me two options. Mac OS X, 10.4.8 on Poppe

    and: Network Startup with a question mark on top of it.

    Perfect. Thanks!
     
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    Ok cool. I have that already clicked. Thanks
     
  16. Merlyn3D macrumors regular

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    Yup, I had this exact same issue, like 30 seconds before the apple logo would appear at startup. Go into the startup disk and make sure OS X is selected.

    BTW, that's a hilarious typo:D
     
  17. MaaseyRacer macrumors regular

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    Have you checked the drive to make sure you do not have any bad sectors?
     
  18. McGarvels macrumors 6502

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    Hey Poppe,

    Yeah it seems like you have a lot of memory usage for what you have open. You should count inactive memory as free memory so I wouldn't worry too much about free memory still your active memory should be less. Again, if you have any apps open that aren't universal binary rosetta will suck up a lot of memory. As far as the slow boot time, you might want to try to repair permissions from disk utility. See if that might help a bit, other than that I can't be too much more help. Hope you get it all working.

    Cheers.
     
  19. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Hmm really ok I'll tell you what is all running. Let me know what is hogging it. Thanks. For all Processes:

    Kernel_task - 121.41 MB
    Firefox 51.99 MB
    WindowServer 50.14 MB
    Mail 39.52 MB
    Finder 33.99 MB
    coreserivced 22.39 MB
    Yahoo! Weather 22.39 MB
    SystemUIServer 20.72 MB
    Microsoft AU Daemon 20.34 MB
    Loginwindow 12.73 MB
    mds 12.16 MB
    Dock 9.13 MB
    Activity Monitor 8.86 MB
    iChat Bezel 8.56 MB
    VirtueDesktops 8.36 MB
    Boot Camp Assisant 8.35 MB
    Dictionary Dashboard Client 8.22 MB
    Weather Dashboard Client 8.17 MB
    Weather Dashboard Client 8.13 MB
    Weather Dashboard Client 8.13 MB
    SizzlingKeys4iTunes 7.83 MB
    Yahoo! Widget Engine 7.43 MB
    AtSServer 6.45 MB
    Diskimages-helpe 6.16 MB
    Wikipedia DashboardClient 6.15 MB
    Calendar DashboardClient 5.83 MB
    coreaudiod 5.24 MB
    Calculator DashboardClient 5.11 MB
    Movie Locater DashboardClient 4.92 MB
    kextd 4.36 MB
    UniversalAccessApp 3.80 MB
    DiskImage UI Agent 3.76 MB
    mdimport 3.56 MB
    iCalAlarScheduler 3.27 MB
    DirectoryService 3.04 MB
    configd 2.47 MB
    pbs 2.33 MB
    securityd 2.18 MB
    iTunes Helper 2.13 MB
    mdimport 2.05 MB
    AppleSpell 1.84 MB
    diskarbitrationd 1.75 MB
    qmasterd 1.75 MB
    automount 1.63 MB
    DiskManagementTo 1.59 MB
    blued 1.55 MB
    aped 1.48 MB
    cupsd 1.27 MB
    mDNSResponder 1.27 MB
    distnoted 1.22 MB
    qmastered 1.20 MB
    qmastered 1.20 MB
    pmTool 1,012.00 KB
    automount 944.00 KB
    netinfod 812.00 KB
    syslodg 704.00 KB
    memberd 616.00 KB
    notifyd 616.00 KB
    launchd 556.00 KB
    update 524.00 KB
    KernelEventAgent 504.00 KB
    crashreporterd 236.00 KB
    translated 224.00 KB
    rpc.lockd 208.00 KB
    nfsiod 200.00 KB
    dynamic_paper 192.00 KB

    Wired: 182.71 MB
    Active: 784.02 MB
    InActive: 1.02 GB
    Used: 1.97 GB
    Free: 31.80 MB

    So what are your thoughts? Since I'm new to Mac's I'm sure I just downloaded some crap that i probably shouldn't have and now it is all dragging it down.

    Any thoughts
     
  20. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    RAM isn't the problem. You're not even using half of it. :)

    Have you checked the Startup and Login Items? Have you verified the drive as mentioned by the wise and ancient MaaseyRacer? Do this through Disk utility. :cool:
     
  21. poppe macrumors 68020

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    are you talking to me.

    Sorry to original poster I didn't mean to take over this thread...
     
  22. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah mate, sorry, I should have been specific. I'm talking to you. :)
     
  23. arsenalroc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hey man no worries
    i only got my MB last month-first time user and you have saved me tons of typing by asking the questions!!!:) :D
    ps- i alsp downloaded tons of stuff for no apparent reason:p:p
     
  24. poppe macrumors 68020

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    Login Items:

    VirtueDesktops (Says it's unknown)
    SizzlingKeys4iTunes
    VirtueDesktops (the application)

    Thats it for login items

    How do I find the Start up Items again?

    Also in the Startup Disk I clicked the Mac OS X yada yada yada but it doesn't ever seem to really be clicked. It shows it's highlighted and what not but is there someway to make it seem more permanent?

    Anyways thats all for now. Thanks for the support!
     

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