Applications take long time to open (sometimes hours)

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by beauthaine, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. beauthaine macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2014
    Hi there, am new to mac rumours so please prompt me if this is the wrong place to do this.

    For the last year or so, perhaps not product of Mavericks per se, a selection of applications take over an hour to start up after launching my Macbook Pro from shut down.

    These apps include Google Chrome, Logic Pro, Ableton, Microsoft Office (typically my most used apps). So I guess non-default apps.

    Have trawled through forums and have found no real answer to this problem which seems to be cropping up with a few people but in different forms. Although I understand the habit of not shutting down regularly may be the cause, shutting down and rebooting then causes the problem itself, so my hands are tied. I have to keep it on the whole time to avoid this!

    Please can someone help!!!? :(

  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    You don't post the spec of your Mac? How much RAM do you have and what model is it...? There is no way that this is normal. Things you can try first

    Run a disk check and then a permissions check and repair if indicated:

    Then try an SMC reset..this is different depending on your Mac, so choose the right instructions for your Mac:

    These are the first steps to diagnosing the issue, others include Activity monitor to see what you have running, but try the first steps before anything else.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Taking hours is not right, something is definitely wrong. Have you run any diagnostics on your mac, i.e., Disk Utility, or AHT?

    I'd say your storage (hard disk or SSD - which one is it?) may be having issues.
  4. beauthaine thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2014
    Thanks for getting back to me so quickly guys.

    My specs are:-

    Mid 2010, 500GB Macbook Pro

    Processor: 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7

    Memory: 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512 MB

    I have about 50 GB left of space on my hard disk.

    Am performing said tasks but can't risk reboot until tomorrow so will let you know results then.
  5. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Do the first few apps open at a reasonable rate? What about if you only open any one application?
    Without being able to investigate further, I would suspect that your disk is on the verge of failure and that the computer is having difficulty reading it. Make sure you have valid backups.
  6. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    4GB is a little low these days, but that's not the issue here I don't think. If the steps I posted above do not correct things, then I too would go with a hardware issue, almost certainly the drive.
  7. beauthaine thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2014
    The same apps take the same time (mostly over an hour) to open afte the computer has powered on. After they have started working I can open and close apps freely.

    I also get other problems such as the brightness function stops working so sometimes after closing and opening the lid, the screen stays black even though it is clearly on. Also after reboot I just won't be able to change the brightness. This occurs less often however (once every one/two weeks).

    It does also just randomly switch off, and when opened up has grey screen saying "had to restart because of a problem" (not exact words). This is again not too often.

    This is also bearing in mind my last hard drive died and was replaced about a year ago. Should a year old hard drive behave like this?

    Soon to perform AHT
  8. beauthaine thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2014
    When I tried the AHT it just did a normal launch?

    Power on, then hold D, that's what i did?
  9. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    These forced restarts should basically never happen. Your computer may be part of a group from Apple which have problems with the Nvidia graphics in them. I would bring it to the Apple Store for them to diagnose that.
  10. beauthaine thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2014
    how much will that cost roughly??

    a new mac may have to be an option
  11. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    It may be free, if you're inside 3 years from the date of purchase, and it may still be free if not, if Apple is generous.
  12. beauthaine thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2014
    Outside of three years but oh well, no other choice!

    Thanks for your help guys, very much appreciated.
  13. nalk7 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Sounds like your startup volume might be corrupted, when you have the time (weekend I'm assuming) restart your computer and hold down the command+shift+R keys when it starts booting up. Choose the disk utility and verify the disk and repair if needed.
    Another less likely culprit might be your HDD, there is a possibility it might be fragmented.
    Hope this helps, let us know if it worked.
  14. beauthaine, Jul 28, 2014
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2014

    beauthaine thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2014
    Hi guys,

    I changed my graphics card and had the HDD checked (which was fine, had it replaced a couple of years ago anyway).

    It seemed like it was fixed but just restarted it for the first time and apps like Chrome, Logic Pro etc. won't open still. I'll probably have to wait all day for them to start working.

    Anyone else out there having this problem?
  15. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    No. But my suggestion is download the free application EtreCheck and use it to find old services and hackies that are compatible with Mavericks. Thus way you can manually delete those incompatible hackies.
  16. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Try a safe mode boot. That bypasses any login or startup items and will eliminate that as the cause.

    If you do not have the problem in safe mode, that tells you one of your startup to login items is causing a conflict. The tool sat comer mentioned is useful for identifying these items.

    If a safe mode boot does not stop it, it really sounds like a bad drive to me. Sometimes drives are bad even though they test fine. It is less common, but a bad drive cable can also cause these symptoms.

    Let us know what a safe mode boot does.

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