Brand new iMac takes a while to show apple on boot

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nporteschaikin, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. nporteschaikin macrumors newbie

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    I love my new iMac. The one unusual thing is that it takes a while to show the Apple logo when I turn it on... like 20 seconds. Is that unusual?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    System Preferences > Startup Disk > Select your OS X volume > Click reboot
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    "I love my new iMac. The one unusual thing is that it takes a while to show the Apple logo when I turn it on... like 20 seconds. Is that unusual?"

    One thing I immediately noticed when I moved up from OS 10.4 to OS 10.6 on my own (white Intel) iMac is that the boot times _definitely_ increased. Considerably longer.

    However, the shutdown time dropped as dramatically.

    I'm guessing that with OS 10.6, there are some additional routines and checks going on before the blue splash screen and login get displayed. Not sure as to exactly what they are.

    But startup times under OS 10.6 certainly ARE longer for those using spinning-platter hard drives.

    Unless you have a MacBook Air, of course!
     
  4. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    This is what I was going to suggest. When I got my refurb iMac this weekend, my bootup time was noticeably longer than my MacBook Pro. I had to go into the settings to choose my system disk as the default disk. You'd think this would be set out of the box but it's not always.
     
  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    This happens because many shops and perhaps apple's Refurb center use network boot to load fresh images on many machines at once and fail to reset the hard drive as the boot device. My engineers used to miss this all the time.

    Cheers,
     
  6. C8XY macrumors 6502

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    Also, reset your PRAM and NVRAM:

    I had a slow boot time and also a glitch when the gray screen turned to the login screen, this resolved it.
    It deals with the following:

    Apple Support
     

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