My start up times used to take 43 seconds now it takes 1 min. 40 secs. Here are my info and how my mac looks. Its a unibody macbook pro with 4 gb at 2.53. 1) I have a lot of hard drive space, only using 40 gb out of my 320 gb 7200 rpm. 2) I have no items on my desktop except the Macintosh HD. 3) My dock only has 15 items: finder, firefox, itunes, ichat, word, ical, iphoto, spaces, disc utility, system preferences, Stacks: activity monitor, applications, games, downloads, trash. 4) Log-on items, only 5 - ituneshelper, google notifier, speechsynthesisserver, istat menus helper, logitech control center for mouse. 5) Only 3 widgets. Before right after the timer or clock in the blank blue screen stopped it would load my whole desktop in a flash. Now after the timer ends it stays in that blank blue screen for a long time, then loads my desktop's wallpaper, then dock, and after a while it finally loads up the top dock (?) dunno what to call it, the one with the time, battery, wifi, etc information. This is the exact set-up i had before the long start-ups I still have the same about of ram usage at start up. 3.09 free. I have ran programs like macaroni to clean up the Unix and left my computer on idle all night so that the Unix will clean itself. I heard at start up the computer might take longer if its having a hard time finding a internet connection, however all my settings and my college internet is fast to connect and is working fine. The longer start-up times seems to have started since the newest update 10.5.6 I also ran spyware and trojanware scanners that found nothing but cookies that I have erased. Do you guys know of any tweaks I can do with instructions or any programs i can d/l to help speed up the process. If it gets worst should I do a clean system install and just c/p my settings and applications or do a timecapule restore.