iMac shutdown

treemaine

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You all must have seen this question many times. Why does it take forever to shut down my iMac. I have tried and tried many ways to get it to shut down normally. In the end I just turn it of from the back. I normally put it to sleep, no problem. There are times when I have to do a restart. My Mac is OS X 10.8
 
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justperry

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You all must have seen this question many times. Why does it take forever to shut down my iMac. I have tried and tried many ways to get it to shut down normally. In the end I just turn it of from the back. I normally put it to sleep, no problem. There are times when I have to do a restart. My Mac is OS X 10.8
Don't know if this is an iMac issue but have you ever tried to start up, log into root and do a shutdown after login has completed, is it the same, if not something is wrong in your user account.
If you don't want to log into root account create a new user and repeat what I said above.
 

treemaine

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Jun 11, 2011
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Many thanks

Don't know if this is an iMac issue but have you ever tried to start up, log into root and do a shutdown after login has completed, is it the same, if not something is wrong in your user account.
If you don't want to log into root account create a new user and repeat what I said above.
Many thanks for you quick reply. I do not wish to be stupid but I have not had this mac long, and everything is new to me. I no idea how to do what you have written. Sorry. Perhaps in time I may get used to it a bit more.
 

justperry

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Aug 10, 2007
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Many thanks for you quick reply. I do not wish to be stupid but I have not had this mac long, and everything is new to me. I no idea how to do what you have written. Sorry. Perhaps in time I may get used to it a bit more.
No problem.

Do this :

Open System Preferences in the Apple menu, then click on Accounts, you will be able to create a new account there, look if the padlock is locked, if so click on it and enter your password.
After it is unlocked you can create a new User account, now log out and you should have a new user which you just created, login into that account to set it up, it is done automatically the first time.

After this restart, and login to the same new account, shutdown again.

After the second shutdown is it much faster?
If so there is a problem in your normal account.

First try and report back your findings.
 

treemaine

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Jun 11, 2011
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Thanks again

Sorry....I have opened System Preferences but cannot find accounts.
No problem.

Do this :

Open System Preferences in the Apple menu, then click on Accounts, you will be able to create a new account there, look if the padlock is locked, if so click on it and enter your password.
After it is unlocked you can create a new User account, now log out and you should have a new user which you just created, login into that account to set it up, it is done automatically the first time.

After this restart, and login to the same new account, shutdown again.

After the second shutdown is it much faster?
If so there is a problem in your normal account.

First try and report back your findings.
 

DLary

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Oct 21, 2005
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Download Mt Lion Cache Cleaner.

http://www.northernsoftworks.com/download.html

You need to clear out your caches. Reboot the computer a few times after doing this, then run the Mt Lion Cache Cleaner optimize file cache option. This always works for me when I start to experience slow startup or shutdown.
 

treemaine

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Jun 11, 2011
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Many thanks

Many thanks for your reply. Can you tell where to find ML Cache Cleaner

Download Mt Lion Cache Cleaner.

http://www.northernsoftworks.com/download.html

You need to clear out your caches. Reboot the computer a few times after doing this, then run the Mt Lion Cache Cleaner optimize file cache option. This always works for me when I start to experience slow startup or shutdown.


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Mountain Lion

Erm, I am on Leopard and it's there in My system, what do you have, Lion, Mountain lion.
There should be something there somewhere.

I will try to find out.
 

justperry

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Aug 10, 2007
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Sorry....I have opened System Preferences but cannot find accounts.
Erm, I am on Leopard and it's there in My system, what do you have, Lion, Mountain lion.
There should be something there somewhere.

I will try to find out.

It's User and Groups.

Web site which explains how to create new User

Edit: Strange, double post, first one without the second part, had some error here.
 

treemaine

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Jun 11, 2011
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Hey guess what? it works....do I keep the news settings and get rid of the old account?
 

justperry

macrumors G4
Aug 10, 2007
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I'm a rolling stone.
Hey guess what? it works....do I keep the news settings and get rid of the old account?
That's up to you, if it isn't that much work to move data like music pictures and so over than do it otherwise you have to find out which folder/file(s) has the conflict part in it.

If you need to know how, ask and I explain, keep in mind, it's almost bedtime for me.:)
 

justperry

macrumors G4
Aug 10, 2007
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I'm a rolling stone.
Ah, what the heck, tell you how now.

Most of the time the problem is preferences, they are located in:

User/***username***/Library/Preferences

***username*** = your user account name

Start by making a folder in User/***username***/Library
Name the folder : Preferences Old
Put all the preferences from the Preferences folder in the Preferences Old folder.

Logout and login again

Now restart, if it still slow to to restart login again and restart again, if it is better now you know something is wrong in the preferences.

If it does not make any difference it is in a different folder in Library folder.
You can do this trick with any folder inside your user Library folder.

If it worked on the preference folder then there is a time consuming process by moving 50% back into the preference folder and look if it comes back, if so you know it's in that 50% and have to move 50% again of that 50%.

Confusing???

It's actually not hard, trying to explain is harder than doing it, if I could show you you would understand in a minute.

Cheers
 

treemaine

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Jun 11, 2011
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Many thanks

Many thanks for all your help. At the moment I am leaving as it is with the new account. Once again many thanks

Ah, what the heck, tell you how now.

Most of the time the problem is preferences, they are located in:

User/***username***/Library/Preferences

***username*** = your user account name

Start by making a folder in User/***username***/Library
Name the folder : Preferences Old
Put all the preferences from the Preferences folder in the Preferences Old folder.

Logout and login again

Now restart, if it still slow to to restart login again and restart again, if it is better now you know something is wrong in the preferences.

If it does not make any difference it is in a different folder in Library folder.
You can do this trick with any folder inside your user Library folder.

If it worked on the preference folder then there is a time consuming process by moving 50% back into the preference folder and look if it comes back, if so you know it's in that 50% and have to move 50% again of that 50%.

Confusing???

It's actually not hard, trying to explain is harder than doing it, if I could show you you would understand in a minute.

Cheers
 
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