How can I speed up my Macbook at startup?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SuperSnake2012, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

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    I have one of the Rev A Macbooks (specs in sig). I upgraded the hard drive to a 160GB 5400rpm drive and have 2 gigs of RAM. Even though my computer is pretty beefy, the computer is pretty slow to start up. If I try to open any apps right after the computer boots up, it will beach ball. The computer is not normal for 2-3 minutes, then everything works normally. I'm only using about half of the HD so I don't know why it's being slow. This only happens when the computer comes out of a cold boot. I always put my computer to sleep, so this doesn't happen very often.

    I'm running OS X 10.5.1.
     
  2. eddietr macrumors 6502a

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    I suppose you could put an SSD in there.

    But how often do you boot it? I reboot mine every time an update requires it. And that's it. I do that when I'm on the phone or something.
     
  3. SuperSnake2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well I only re-boot it when I have to install system updates or my computer acts weird (which might be once a month), but I would still like to resolve this problem :p
     
  4. SheriffParker macrumors 6502a

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    2-3 minutes? Wow thats a long time... Has it always been that slow? or did it just recently start doing that?
     
  5. SuperSnake2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Recently... I installed this hard drive in June and it was okay... it may be related to the Leopard install I did (upgrade instead of fresh install). That may fix it, but I don't feel like re-installing all my apps. :rolleyes:
     
  6. mattcube64 macrumors 65816

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    We both have the same computer, and I've been noticing this lately, too. I have a CD 2GHz MB with 2GB RAM, and an upgraded 7200 RPM 160GB HDD.

    My boot-ups were about a 50 seconds when I first got my computer. I upgraded to 2 gigs of RAM, and my bootup was about 30 seconds... Nowadays, it takes about two minutes to boot up. Ugh.
     
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  8. ViveLeLivre macrumors regular

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    Do you have any 3rd party software loading at boot time?

    Go to System Pref. > Accounts > (Your account) > Login Items.

    Anything suspicious in there? Poorly written 3rd party software or perhaps a bloated antivirus prog.? Try uninstalling those and see if your performance improves.
     
  9. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Don't really need to uninstall them, just take note what they are and remove them... Thats a good suggestion.
     
  10. djinn macrumors 68000

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    hehe.. antivirus, I didn't see that til after I submitted.
     
  11. SuperSnake2012 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Only two things in there... iScrobbler (for Last.fm) and Connect360 (streams my iTunes to my Xbox 360)... I've tried repairing permissions before, that didn't do anything. I have a little more than 71GB free on the HD.
     
  12. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Try download and running the Onyx program I mentioned above.
     

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