why does the gray screen take so long?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by orchidgirl, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. orchidgirl macrumors newbie

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    lately my gray screen takes a really long time before it opens up to the main screen. can anyone help me solve this please????
     
  2. wrc fan macrumors 65816

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    hold down apple - v while booting up, which will boot you into verbose mode. You can then see what's happening if it ever has any long pauses. If you don't know what something means that it pauses at, just write it down and then post it here.

    oh, you can also try repairing permissions and reparing disk in disk utility to see if that helps.
     
  3. evil_santa macrumors 6502a

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    have you installed any extra fonts. I put some on my old g4 and it slowed it right down on the Gray Screen. I think one of the fonts was corrupt.
     
  4. orchidgirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i think i totally need to upgrade my ibook... it's G3, still 10.2.8, 128 mb, and 900 mhz....
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    It won't help start up, but extra RAM will dramatically speed up general system usage. :)
     
  6. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Do you have third-party USB devices plugged in while booting?
     
  7. orchidgirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    how do i get extra RAM? should i also upload tiger?
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You can get RAM from one of the links at the top of the page. Most people seem to think Crucial is pretty safe. Just make sure it is the appropriate type of RAM first. :)

    As for Tiger, a clean install of any OS will probably speed things up. Tiger may give you a slight gain in speed but I doubt it's worth spending money on unless you can find a cheap version.
     

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  9. orchidgirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i could here the fan running in the ibook prob about an hour or so after i turn it on.... and i have a feeling it cause to run even slower.. it that true?
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    If the fan is still running an hour after you've used it then you have a problem. Is the iBook well ventilated? Are you keeping it on a flat, hard surface? Most of the heat dissipated from the iBooks is through the bottom of the case so it is important that you let it cool off on a flat surface, not something like a pillow which will inhibit ventilation.

    Have you still got the hardware test CD that came with the iBook? It may be worthwhile running that to see if you have a problem with the mechanics of the iBook.
     
  11. orchidgirl thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanx... i'll try that and post anything if i have a problem... nite
     
  12. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    No problem. Hold off on the RAM for a while though. You don't want to be spending money on a machine you may end up replacing soon anyway. :)
     
  13. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    ;) Restart holding the "Command-s" keys after you hear the boot chime.

    Wait !

    You'll get a prompt.

    At the prompt type: fsck -f

    Hit return.

    If it repairs the disk, retype the "fsck -f" until it returns OK.

    Type "reboot" ...... Hit return.

    get "Cocktail" app.

    ........use it to journal the disk. :cool:
     

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