Resolved Mac Mini taking 45 mins to boot

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by bigfeller, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. bigfeller macrumors newbie

    bigfeller

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    Hi All,

    I have a Mac Mini that is taking 45 mins to boot. It's a Late 2012 with a 2.5 GHz Core i5 and 4 gig of ram. I've updated it to 10.11.4. I can ssh onto the box and there doesn't seem to be any extra load or stuck processes. This is all that's posted to the system.log at the time:

    Mar 24 08:42:54 My-Mac-mini com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (com.apple.speech.speechsynthesisd): This key does not do anything: OnDemand
    Mar 24 08:42:54 My-Mac-mini com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (com.apple.trustd.agent): This key does not do anything: OnDemand
    Mar 24 08:42:54 My-Mac-mini com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (com.apple.trustd.agent): The ServiceIPC key is no longer respected. Please remove it.
    Mar 24 08:42:54 My-Mac-mini com.apple.xpc.launchd[1] (com.apple.TrustEvaluationAgent): This key does not do anything: OnDemand
    Mar 24 08:42:56 My-Mac-mini sshd: user [priv][224]: USER_PROCESS: 22
    Mar 24 08:48:05 My-Mac-mini syslogd[44]: ASL Sender Statistics
    Mar 24 08:48:09 My-Mac-mini WindowServer[158]: device_generate_desktop_screenshot: authw 0x0(0), shield 0x0(0)
    Mar 24 08:48:09 My-Mac-mini WindowServer[158]: device_generate_lock_screen_screenshot: authw 0x0(0)[inf, inf, 0, 0] shield 0x0(0), dev [1920,1080]
    Mar 24 08:53:12 My-Mac-mini mDNSResponder[92]: Double NAT (external NAT gateway address 192.168.0.10 is also a private RFC 1918 address)
    Mar 24 08:54:02 My-Mac-mini launchd[1]: BUG in libdispatch: 15E65 - 1718 - 0x0
    Mar 24 08:54:02 My-Mac-mini configd[54]: network changed: v4(en0:192.168.1.2) DNS* Proxy SMB
    Mar 24 09:02:41 My-Mac-mini syslogd[44]: ASL Sender Statistics


    Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    Honestly haven't the foggiest from that system log. However we can check a few things to identify what isn't the problem, to try isolate what's wrong. Please could you:

    - Check the HDD SMART by downloading SMART Utility here. If it comes back with a warning/failed, the issue's caused by a corrupted HDD. Basically, anything other than 'Passed' means you need to replace the HDD.

    - If the HDD is OK, verify volume in Disk Utility. Any errors there?

    Once we've identified it's not the HDD or volume corruptions, we can check a few more things from there.

    Speak with you soon.
     
  3. bigfeller thread starter macrumors newbie

    bigfeller

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    Smart Utility came back with a overall status of Passed.

    Ran First Aid from Disk Utility and everything came back fine

    Cheers for the help! Still flummoxed as to what this could be.
     
  4. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    When it takes ages to boot, do you see a white screen before the Apple logo? Or does it load the logo but take ages from there to load up?
     
  5. bigfeller thread starter macrumors newbie

    bigfeller

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    So it's a black screen with the Apple logo and a status bar below. The bar gets about 2/3rds of the way along and then it's takes ages.
     
  6. Crosscreek macrumors 68030

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    Backup your system and do a fresh install of OS X would be my suggestion.
     
  7. bigfeller thread starter macrumors newbie

    bigfeller

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    I thought it might come to this... :) Looks like my weekend is planned for me.

    Now, to see if I can do it without a keyboard.
     
  8. highlystrange macrumors member

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    Resetting the PRAM (parameter RAM) might be useful to try. It's not hard. For instructions, try this.
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP wrote:
    "Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated"

    Best advice I can give:
    Get an external drive, install a copy of the OS onto it, boot that way, and compare.

    One should always, ALWAYS have a -second-, fully-bootable external drive within arm's reach...
     
  10. an-other macrumors regular

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    Do you have 10% or more of disk space available?
     
  11. bigfeller thread starter macrumors newbie

    bigfeller

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    Have just moved house so can't find any USB keys at the moment. I've ordered another one online so I don't get into this situation again

    Slightly under - 46GB of 500. Transferring a load of stuff now to the NAS
    --- Post Merged, Mar 24, 2016 ---
    Going to try this shortly when I free up some drive space.
     
  12. bigfeller thread starter macrumors newbie

    bigfeller

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    Woohoo!! We're back baby!! The PRAM reset fixed it. Thank you for all your help!
     

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