How long have you had the system installed? could it still be indexing for Spotlight? Do you shutdown often after brief up-times? is there an external drive attached that could be getting a Time Machine backup in progress that has to complete the current process before shutting down?Well by all means the Leopard boot and shut down times are not SLOW, but I found that Tiger was so so so much faster at this. Is it just me or do you guys have this too?
I'm experiencing the EXACT same thing! I have a 2,6GHz MBP for crying out loud...hmm ya I'm thinking that there's some iffy stuff left over since I upgraded. When I was running Tiger my MBP would boot up and shut down like lightning. Restarts weren't an inconvenience whatsoever. But now with Leopard it takes several seconds longer. When shutting down the screen goes black for like just under 10 seconds before actually switching off. Tiger was instantaneous.
So I guess you aren't having this problem then..
I had horrible boot and shutdown times after upgrading to Leopard. I also got the beachball seemingly every five minutes while using Finder, iTunes, safari, pretty much anything, especially since updating to 10.5.1.
Today, I backed up my stuff and did a completely clean Leopard install. The difference is amazing. It feels like Tiger again. Fast as hell to boot and shutdown, and "snappy" as heck otherwise. It's excellent. I thought the "do a clean install" thing was ******** but apparently it makes a huge difference, at least to me.
thanks, Archive and install solved the problem. though after reinstall my MacBook did not accept my password and I had to reset itArchive and Install is a clean install that keeps your current settings. If the problem lingers then you can do a totally clean install to see if that helps...