15 minutes to boot. WTF?

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  1. kha macrumors member

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    Hey guys. After researching and trying to reset pram, repair permissions and etc I have become frustrated as all hell. I have a duo core i7 mbp with 8gb ram and my boot time is around 10-15 minutes. I don't get it. It all started a week ago when I noticed my boot up to be around 45 seconds... I thought it was no big deal but now it has slowed dramatically. I thought it could be the os 10.6.8 as I read others had the problem so I bought a time capsule, backed it up, and got ox lion from the app store. No dice. Still slow as all hell. Any pointers?
     
  2. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

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    Uh, backup and reinstall OSX.

    (What did you install or change recently?)
     
  3. kha thread starter macrumors member

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  4. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Start in verbose mode so you can see what is hanging.
     
  5. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Fresh install and see how long does it take to boot! Once you see everything doing fine restore from time machine then check again. Pretty simple troubleshooting method.
     
  6. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Could be Memory, Hdd?

    As posted above, boot in verbose and take a look at any errant processes that might be causing it....Sure as heck shouldn't take that long to boot.
     
  7. kha thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok lemme try. I just googled how to get in the verbose.
     
  8. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    IMHO this is the one thing that is wrong with Mac...it tries hide all the geek stuff. There is a terminal command to always allow you to boot into verbose mode.
     
  9. kha thread starter macrumors member

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    **** a lot of text came up. Sat in a few places and got to a grey apple screen now and just sitting here at the grey apple screen. Should I take a picture of the text?

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    What the.. Heh, lot of text came up. Sat in a few places and got to a grey apple screen now and just sitting here at the grey apple screen. Should I take a picture of the text?
     
  10. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Pictures of text would be good.
     
  11. kha thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok. Still waiting for it to boot. Maybe I'll force it off. Brb. Ipad'ing it.
     
  12. kha thread starter macrumors member

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    finally booted and on my computer.. took 12-13 minutes.. everything is slow also.. a lot of beach ball action :(
     

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  15. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    I'm looking around still but..

    If this were my computer I'd zero out the HDD and reinstall.

    The Airport issue seems to be cured with a reinstall
     
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    Once booted up do you still have problems reading and writing files ? My first reading the title of the thread is some serious hard disk failiure.
     
  18. kha thread starter macrumors member

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    after it boots up, everything is very slow and i get a lot of beach ball action. its very unbearable... then after a while it speeds up but there is tremendous lag between actions.
     
  19. hashholly macrumors 6502

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    Have you tried a differ hard drive?
     
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  21. kha thread starter macrumors member

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    *update* did a clean install and boot time is under 3 minutes. hopefully it will get better. Does it still seem like a bad hd?
     
  22. Gurutech macrumors 6502

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    Have you tested your HD yet?
    like SMART status, verify disc etc.
     
  23. dgitalchaos macrumors member

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    3 minutes is way too long. Average with standard HD should be anywhere from 16-30 seconds.

    It sounds like your hard drive is bad, or it will soon be bad.
     
  24. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    Remember the boot gets faster the more you boot..

    Reset the SMC and PRAM it'll probably help too..
     
  25. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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    Keep your fingers crossed that everything stays normal now. I had a bad drive once that seemed to work well after reinstallation but a couple of weeks later it crashed completely.
     

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