Why does my system startup so slow?

Discussion in 'OS X' started by joegoodone, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2010
    my computer is macbook pro(2.4 intel core 2 duo 2,2g 1067MHZ ddr3)
    my system is mac os x10.6.4, the startup about 2 minutes! why so slow??

    how let is faster? thanks.
  2. macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    Check to make sure you don't have applications in your Login Items. It's normal to have the iTunes Helper there, but if you have a lot of other applications, that can slow things down.

    You can also consider running a system cleaning application, such as Onyx. Have it rebuild your system caches as well. Your first startup will be excruciatingly slow, but each successive startup will be much faster.

  3. Moderator emeritus


    Dec 10, 2008
    System Preferences > Startup Disk > Select you OS X disk and click reboot

    Also, reset SMC and PRAM and run Disk Utility
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2010
    how to check startup items? i check in /Library/StartupItems/ ,is this right? how to remove them? thanks.
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2010
    how to check which startup items charge most of time ? thanks.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2010
    Ok before you go zapping PRAM etc try these steps:

    In an administrator account in the terminal (in utilities) run these commands after the prompt type in command hit return you will be asked for the admin password:
    sudo periodic daily
    sudo periodic weekly
    sudo periodic monthly

    Run each, one at a time, when done clean your user cache files out:
    Go to your user folder/Libary/Caches
    Delete the contents Not the folder
    There are more cache folders but try this one for starters. Once you've done this run disk utility repair permissions and then restart.

    Let me know the results. Also how many fonts do you have? For example do you do graphic design and have a 1000 fonts active or something like that? If so that can cause major slow downs.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 8, 2010
    I already do this , but still slow ,how to do now ? thanks.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2010
    Ok, could I get more details about what you use the computer for and when you noted the problem? For example was it after you updated the OS or installed an application etc.

    Typical slow machine issues would be resolved with what you have done so far.

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