24" Alu iMac takes forever to boot up. Help!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cmcclure16, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. cmcclure16 macrumors regular

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    I purchased a 24" 2.8 GHz Alu iMac with 2 GB of RAM at the beginning of the month. Within the past week or so it has been taking ages to boot up. When I power on I get the signature Macintosh sound but then I just get a white screen. It will stay like that for a good 3 or 4 minutes before I can get the grey Apple logo to show up. (Sometimes it will just stay on the white screen unless I move the mouse or press keys on the keyboard after a few minutes, other times will show up by itself but still takes a few minutes.) This happened while in Tiger but I upgraded (did an archive & install) to Leopard yesterday and it is still doing it. I don't seem to have any problems with the OS. Just the boot up. I only did an Archive & install with Leopard so that may be why I still have it. I could try doing an Erase & Install but I was really hoping to stay away from that, as I don't want to have to reinstall all my apps and all my settings. Anyone think that may fix it?

    Any suggestions as how to fix it?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

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    Try clearing the PRAM hold (Command+Option+P+R) when you power on the computer. If you do it correctly it will reboot itself right after the apple sound.
     
  3. cmcclure16 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I tried that and it took forever for it to decide to restart and then it still took forever to load.
     
  4. cmcclure16 thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

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    Try swapping your RAM chips. Take one out boot it up, still slow swap with the other try again.
     

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