10.4.4 shocking booting speed

Discussion in 'macOS' started by caccamolle, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. caccamolle macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2005
    I just cannot believe how fast my Dual g4 1.25 starts up since I installed the latest upgrade. It is almost like very suspicious, like something is deeply wrong (may be it is). It just is a matter of a few seconds. I will time this and get back here. Has anyone noticed changes like this ?
  2. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
    I haven't noticed much on my 1.25 GHz Mac Mini... but then again, I haven't rebooted my Mac in 5 days, 1 hour, and 3 minutes.
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Didn't notice a difference on my iMac G5 but my G3/900 iBook boots incredibly fast now.
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    My two Macs (and the other six or seven in the office) have been fine. They took a little longer the first time they booted after the update, but it's been hunky dory since. Perhaps go to Disk Utility and Verify your disk. :)
  5. jimsowden macrumors 68000


    Sep 6, 2003
    I've noticed that since about 10.3.8 my G5 boots up in under 10 seconds. I love you apple.
  6. pdpfilms macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
    This is so funny.... "My Mac is acting suspiciously fast....must be something wrong." What are your boot up times? And jim, which G5 do you have?
  7. jimsowden macrumors 68000


    Sep 6, 2003
    Suprisingly, a 1.6GHz
  8. DSL Steve macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2005
    Boot times

    On a new hi res 15" PowerBook with 1G RAM and a 7200 RPM HD: ~25 seconds with 10.4.4 and about the same with 10.4.3.
  9. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    I don't boot up all that often, but each time I do I seem to get differing boot times (probably because a significant number of those restarts were instigated by some update).

    Anywho, I timed my boot-up on my 12" PowerBook, and going from power button to desktop took about 45 seconds (I have an extension or two, Quicksilver, and a few other startup apps). All in all, I'd say things have been about the same for me throughout the Tiger point releases.
  10. white89gt macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2006
    My girlfriend's 12" G4 PowerBook used to take forever when booting up. But after upgrading from 10.3.2 to 10.4.4 not only does it boot faster, but it runs everything faster than it did before.
  11. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    Even more surprising is that my B&W 400(oc) G3 takes only about 5 seconds longer than my TiBook 1GHz under 10.4.4 to fire up.

    The gap remains the same when opening up Photoshop CS2 too. :eek:
  12. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816


    May 3, 2004
    Hamilton, Ontario (CANADA)
    Same thing here on my dual G5 2.5GHz. It would usually take 20+ seconds but after 10.4.4 it seems to be less than 10 every time.
  13. discoforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    Vermont, USA
    Mine's faster too. I just love watching that swirly blue bar shoot across the window from left to right :D

    (15" G4 Powerbook 1.25GHz)
  14. johnnybluejeans macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    New York, NY
    Pull a stopwatch out. Nothing boots in 10 seconds. If your Mac boots in 10 seconds I want to see a video of it from the time you hit the power button to the time the dock comes up. I guarantee these "10 second" boots are in the 40 second range.
  15. liketom macrumors 601


    Apr 8, 2004
    i get about 10-12 sec when the white screen goes blue

    3gb dual 1.8 G5:)

    but if you count from the boom then about 30-40 secs
  16. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    The big comparo!

    Alright, here's my list:
    First is the numbers from off to ready-to-use desktop, second is warm reboot to ready-to-use.

    B&W G3 w/ G4/500 upgrade, 448 MB RAM: 2:01, 34 (Yes, a warm reboot takes 1/4 the time of a cold start.)
    iMac G3 600, 384 MB RAM: 47, 30 (Not nearly as big an improvement here.)
    12" PowerBook G4 867 MHz, 640 MB RAM: 72, 72.
    eMac 1.25 GHz, 768 MB RAM: 48, 40

    And if you want all the gory details, here they are subdivided by 'step'...
    1. From power button hit to screen turning on. (Or from screen black to screen on in the case of a reboot.)
    2. To when the gray-on-white Apple logo screen adds the 'spinnner'.
    3. To the gray-on-white Apple logo screen going away and being replaced with blue.
    4. To the 'Mac OS X' box with progress bar.
    5. To the login window (as appropriate, only the PowerBook and eMac have multiple users on, I took about 3 seconds clicking and typing in my password on those two, 'x' for the other two computers.)
    6. To the wallpaper appearance.
    7. To the Menu Bar appearing
    8. To the Menu Bar status area filled, desktop icons drawn, ready-to-use.
    All times in seconds:

    B&W cold boot: 12,46,100,106,x,117,119,121
    B&W warm boot: 7,16,25,27,x,29,30,34
    iMac cold: 9,14,28,29,x,37,40,47
    iMac warm: 4,9,18,19,x,24,26,30
    PowerBook cold: 10,16,30,32,35,40,51,72
    PowerBook warm: same (really, no improvement at all. In fact, the last step took one second longer, but I'm chalking that up to timing error.)
    eMac cold: 14,21,31,33,36,39,41,48
    eMac warm: 14,20,28,29,32,35,36,40

    Notes: Yes, the PowerBook took significantly longer than the warm boot on the B&W, and either boot on the iMac. It has FileVault on, secure VM on, and has a bunch (6) of programs that start automatically in the background... The B&W and iMac are pretty much stock Tiger. The eMac also has a few (4) programs start automatically. And both the PB and the eMac have Multiple Users, so it takes me a few seconds to click on me and type in my password.

    Commentary: So the biggest improvement in percentage is, by far, the B&W. From cold boot to warm boot, it shaves off almost 75% of its time, actually making it the second fastest on a warm boot, where it was by far the slowest on a cold boot. The older Macs also seem to go from off to on faster on warm boot than the newer. (7 and 4 seconds from screen off to screen on on the B&W and iMac compared to 10 and 14 on the PowerBook and eMac.) If you subtract the 'power on test' time (only count from the moment you get the 'spinner' on the Apple logo,) on warm boot, then the B&W is fastest, at 18 seconds; followed by the eMac (20,) iMac (21,) and PowerBook (57.) I imagine that the eMac would be significantly faster if it had Multi-User turned off, and didn't load 4 programs the B&W doesn't.

    And I wonder about the PowerBook. Is it the slow hard drive? FileVault? Secure VM? FileVault seems to be a big culprit, as the PB takes 22 seconds from displaying wallpaper to being ready to use, where every other computer takes exactly 4 seconds to do that same step on warm boot.
  17. Platform macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
  18. Phat_Pat macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2004
    I Live Where I Live
    i haven't turned the machine off in 20 days 2 hours and 54 minutes

    **knock on wood**

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