Are there ways to improve boot & shut down time?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jamesryanbell, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    For some reason, it seems like my MBA has taken longer and longer to boot and shut down since I purchased it. When Lion was installed, it seemed to triple it. Are there any easy maintenance ideas to improve boot and shut down times? Sorry if this is noobish. Thanks in advance. :)
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You could look into the Login Items in System Preferences > Accounts >> YOUR ACCOUNT >>> Login Items
    or you could just use the SLEEP feature.
  3. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    Thank you!

    One follow-up question. When I went into that screen, one of the programs listed was "iTunesHelper", and it had a yellow triangle by it with an exclamation point. I deleted it from the list, then right-clicked the iTunes logo in my toolbar and clicked "open at login". When it was added back to the list, it appeared as "iTunes". what was "iTunesHelper", and why did it have a warning marker beside it? Just curious.
  4. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    run this …

    run this in terminal - one line at a time

    then restart and you'll notice a difference.

    sudo chown root:admin /

    sudo kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel

    sudo kextcache -system-caches
  5. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Another idea - just shut the lid and put the machine to sleep instead of shutting down. I only shutdown once every 3 months or when updates require it.
  6. OnEMoReTrY macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    This. You're running OS X not Windows. There is 0 need to reboot more than once every couple months (except for updates obviously).
  7. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2009
    +1 on that. When I first started using Mac laptops I also used to shut down the computer all the time (used to that from the PC era). Then I noticed it's really not necessary. I only shut it down when I need to install a system update, or if I know it will be turned off for a long time (weeks). One second or so to shut down, same time to start up, and you have all your open applications running ready for use. Also, you don't get the old PC problem with available memory getting less and less, or that it gets slower for each passing day. That's a thing of the past - there's really no reason not to put it to sleep instead of shutting down :)
  8. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    you guys are obsessed! you don't even have to shut down very often with the mba. :D
  9. fatlardo macrumors 6502


    Mar 15, 2011
    Does sleep drain the battery? I've been shutting down because I thought it did?
  10. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2009
    Very little. I think it can go somewhere around a few weeks - a month before the battery is drained in sleep mode. Personally I usually have it plugged in over night, so it's not really an issue.
  11. Neolithium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2010
    Wherever the army needs me.
    I put mine to sleep in the morning before I go to work at around 0530, and by the time I'm done around 1600, my battery goes down anywhere from 2-5%, it's really not much of an issue at all in the grand scheme of things.

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