Speed up boot time HDD based Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by costabunny, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors demi-goddess

    costabunny

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    Well boot time is usually something I care nothing for in OSX (mainly as I need to reboot so rarely).

    I have recently been given a rev.A MacbookAir with HDD. The battery is dead so even the slightest disconnection of the power lead causes instant shutdown.

    I have taped the magsafe in situ but occasionaly it does trip (also we get the odd micro power cut where I live and I cant afford a UPS).

    So my question is what (if anything) can I do to make this little Air boot quicker as currently its a case of turn on - go make coffee - hope its done when I get back :(

    What can be done? any tips here would be great please



    I know adding a runcore or other such zif SSD would make a difference but again I have ZERO budget until I am well enough to work again.
     
  2. thread starter macrumors demi-goddess

    costabunny

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    Ive done the usual verify permissions, remove unnecessary startup items etc. still takes ages - are there system services i can be rid of?
     
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  4. thread starter macrumors demi-goddess

    costabunny

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    cant afford to right now

    yes oneday I will; but as I said for now I am off work recovering from cancer surgery and am on a grand income of £71 a week. When I get better and back to work I will definitely get a battery for this little gem, and most likely find a deserving new owner for it (who like myself when in need).

    for the time being its a mains only beastie - and a godsend it is indeed (just being able to sit comfortably in bed or my easy chair whilst typing, googling, editing webpages etc is amazing).
     
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    I just want to say congratulations on the surgery, and I hope your recovery is smooth and full! Really cool of someone to give you a machine to recover with, something similar happened to me after I took a header off a bike. People can be wonderful sometimes :)
     
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    I'm guessing you've tried a PRAM re-set too...The problem is that an SMC re-set might help, but you can't do it with a dead battery. I'm short on ideas here really expect to try and keep the thing on as much as possible....Without a battery, a lot of things can't be tested / run. Is it hibernating when left alone?
     
  7. macrumors 68000

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    That's your only options. Those 1.8" HD's are super slow.
     
  8. macrumors 601

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    Dumb Q: What does quick boot has anything to do with failing battery?

    Answer u already know: No fund = Be Patience.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors demi-goddess

    costabunny

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    possibly not much (other than system talks to battery) - no the issue was because no battery, if the magsafe is knocked the machine resets and as its a 1st gen slowness it takes ages to get back up and finish whatever I was doing before the power outage :)
     

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