2012 Macbook Air Slow Shutdown Problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by goblin cadet, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. goblin cadet macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    Hey guys, Ive been having problems with my macbook air. It takes about 20 seconds to turn off. It goes into a white screen with a spinning grey circle. Ive looked online and done various things to try to solve the problem. I clean installed 10.8.2, however the problem was still present during 10.8.1. I was hoping the update would fix it.

    Also many applications are laggy.

    Are there any ideas on what I can do to fix this?

    Also I was reading something about their being a problem with HP software maybe? but Im unsure.

    Thanks for the help
  2. SoIsays macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2011
    I only have a problem when I have mail open. If I close mail, it still shows up in the taskbar. It's only when I reopen it again and then the system will shut down. BTW, I didn't update to 10.8.2.
  3. goblin cadet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    Something interesting happened. I turned my computer on and it couldnt connect to wifi because "the authentication server is unresponsive" here on campus. When i turned my air off after I got that message, it turned off in 2 seconds.

    Perhaps something with wifi is problematic? Ill try to fix it and see if it goes back to a long shutdown
  4. DWHH1, Sep 20, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2012

    DWHH1 macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2010
    Slow shutdown

    Updated to 10.8.2 and now also experiencing a long shutdown - typically 20 seconds (ish)

    Also, on startup, I am frequently missing the bar at the top of the screen with the Apple symbol, time, battery indicator, wifi connectivity, etc. If I open an App through Finder it appears. Annoying bug.

    Running a Mid 2012 MacBook Air 11-inch i7.

    UPDATE 1
    Just checked CONSOLE and the shutdown problem might be due to problem with SANDBOXing. Could someone please check on your machines for a rash of error messages

    UPDATE 2
    I have also noticed that if I power up and try to shutdown within a minute or two then shutdown takes a long time however, after a number of minutes, not sure exactly how many lets say 5-10 mins shutdown will only take 4 seconds. Something is running or trying to start up and SANDBOXing is getting in the way and the shutdown is delayed. Once all those things that want to start up but get refused are out of the way the MacBook Air is happy to do as instructed.
  5. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    I did notice too that after updating to 10.8.2 that the shutdown took a LOT longer. With 10.8.1, it used to shut down in ~2 seconds, now like 15 seconds.
  6. goblin cadet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    Hopefully someone will be able to find some type of solution
  7. soulred12 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    I'm having this problem too. I'd like to hear more about this sandboxing issue. I have a 2012 MBP classic, but thanks to the SSD I installed, my mac was shutting down in about 2-5 seconds. Then I updated to 10.8.2 and it takes about 20 seconds. And as the person above me, for me it didn't do this in 10.8.1; it only started after I updated to 10.8.2.
  8. FreVC macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    I appear to have the same problem with my 2012 mba, 10.8.2
  9. mba123 macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2012
    Same problems here with 2012 after recent updates.

    Gone from a few seconds to 15-20. Tried turning wifi off but still slow.

  10. Brian Mage macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2012
  11. Drmedic macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2012
    It's definitely much slower than usual, sometimes it does shut down in ~2 seconds but now it's boarding on ~15-18 very frequently.
    Not sure what the reason is.
  12. CoMoMacUser macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2012
    Sometimes after I put it in sleep mode, the screen goes black, but the arrow cursor remains indefinitely.
  13. melantye macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2009
    Exactly the same thing happened to my macbook air 2012, after upgrading to 10.8.2

    Very likely to be software glitch, though it's not happening on my rMBP
  14. crazyxzer0 macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2008
    i rarely shutdown my air and I just did it and it was 23seconds.

    I usually just sleep/restart when necessary.
  15. Seamaster macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2003
    Yep, I've noticed a much longer shutdown I've on my 2012 Air.
  16. laff2 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2010
    Ditto on slow shut down with 10.8.2

    I have a Macbook Air 2011 - same situation. About 15-20seconds to shut down.
    I have done SMC/Power, etc resets and checked all software.

    Read my console and I think it is a glitch in the update as 10.8.1 di not have this problem and seeing a lot of boards mentioning the slow shut down that will be more noticeable with the Air due to to the usual fast shutdown of the SSD.
  17. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    I had a similar issue with a new rMBP.
    called Apple Tech support who reckoned it was 'system wide' software issue inherited by using Migration Assistant to transfer my stuff from a Time Machine backup on my previous Mac - which happened to be an Air.

    they suggested an 'erase and install' and then 'manually' reinstall Apps and Home Folder contents.

    a couple of hours later, and this machine now shuts down in <5 secs and starts up to the login screen in around 10 seconds.

    my $2 worth
  18. slumpey326 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    I dont think its that because I never used migration assistant and still sometimes get up to 15seconds shutdown on my macbook 2012 air.
  19. Skoopman macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2011
    It's not the MA, shut down was fast when I upgraded to 10.8.0. It started to slow down after 10.8.1.
  20. Jason99kr macrumors member


    Nov 12, 2008
    Seattle, WA, USA
    Having same problem.
    I set up the my friend's 10.7.x 2012 13" 4GB Memory MBA few month ago It was blazingly fast on startup and shutdown time (less than 15 sec for startup and less than 5 sec for shutdown time I would say.)

    But on my MBA 10.8.2 2012 13" 8GB Memory MBA I am experiencing slow startup time (around 30 secs) sometimes It gets unresponsive when I open up the MBA from sleep. shutdown time is almost same as HDD!:confused:

    Hopefully Apple will release update soon..
  21. RCranium666 macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2012
    This is retarded. My 2010 MBA is also taking about 30s to shutdown. I'm guessing there's no way to rollback to the previous update? It used to take 1/10th the time.:mad: Fix the freaking problem Apple!:mad:
  22. dmote75 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2013
    2012 Air slow

    I have a 2012 Air that I used Migration Assistant to move from a 2007 Macbook Pro. I also have slow shutdown times now matter when I try and close. I have tried closing all open programs and still the same approx 30 sec or longer shutdown time.

    I did notice when I log in with the Guest User account and then shutdown it's almost instantaneous.

    Have not had a chance to see what the difference is between the Guest acct and my acct but thought I would mention in case anyone would have amny thoughts.
  23. Jason99kr macrumors member


    Nov 12, 2008
    Seattle, WA, USA
    You might wanna reinstall it. Or update software to latest version. I don't have any late shutdown issues after updating
  24. WhiteIphone5 macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2011
    Lima, Peru
    Found a fix for it?
    I'm having this problem too
  25. Jason99kr macrumors member


    Nov 12, 2008
    Seattle, WA, USA
    Updated to latest version and I'm fine now haha

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