mac pro boot time

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by groundog, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. groundog macrumors newbie

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    well the macbook pro is the late 2010 model (13inch) and i remember when i got it, its boot time was super fast but it gradually got longer and longer until now it takes 1min 20secs to boot so I'm looking to reduce that
    I've removed all login items i don't need (down to only one)
    removed some things from 'launch agents'
    my disk space and everything still has more than half of its space left
    so any ideas?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Since the title and the sub forum suggest this thread is about a "Mac Pro", but your post uses the word "MacBook Pro", I am a little confused. Is it a Mac Pro or a MacBook Pro you have problems with?

    PS: If it is a MacBook Pro, why don't you use its sleep feature, thus you have boot times of less than two seconds?
     
  3. diazj3 macrumors 6502a

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    How long did it use to take, and how long does it take now?

    Here are some basic things... check your activity monitor for any old app daemons left behind running , try using Onyx to do some basic maintenance and cleaning, repair permissions using your install disk, rebuild directories using DiskWarrior or some equivalent such as TechTool Pro... reset PRAM and SMC... give it some time for spotlight indexes to rebuild.

    cheers!
     
  4. groundog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry yeah its a macbook pro and i don't want to sleep it, rather shut it down when i leave it for more than 6+ hours, sorry i don't know how long it used to take but it was under 30 seconds now it takes around 1min 20 but the shutdown is still quite quick. ill check out some of your suggestions diaz
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    You could take a look at Console (Applications / Utilities) and see, what the log says.

    Btw, why do you not sleep your Mac for longer than six hours?

    My MBP is currently running for 10 days, and when I sleep it sleeps too, which is often more than six hours. You can't damage your MBP via sleeping.
     
  6. groundog, Oct 16, 2011
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    groundog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what specifically am i looking for in the log. idk it seems kind of bad for the computer, leaving it on for that amount of time but thats just me I'm sure its just the same.

    heres some additional info, i have upgraged to lion so would that effect it?
     
  7. The-Pro macrumors 65816

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    YES it can indeed. When i upgraded my boot times shot up, and the whole system was slower. Then i did a clean install and migrated my user back over. Since then its been fast again.
    BTW, boot time of 30secs with a standard HDD (I presume) isn't possible. I thought my mac mini (2007) when I got it first booted in 20 secs, I was mistaken its always been a minute :D All my macs boot times are slower than what they used to be.
    What really helps for me is using Onyx to do some basic cleaning (deleting boot cache etc)
     
  8. groundog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so your saying that thats just what I'm gonna get unless i do a clean install ??
    and if i wanted to upgrade my mac to improve boot time it would be more ram i would need right?
     
  9. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 6502a

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    Go and ask in the correct forum. mac Pros are the big silver buggers you know?
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    Yes, that is what s/he is saying.

    RAM will not increase boot time.
    But you don't need to boot, as there is the sleep feature, though I have seen many people not using it due to only knowing it from Windows, where the sleep feature in 2000 and XP and Vista is abysmal compared to Mac OS X.
    Btw, booting the Mac every day will put more wear to the HDD.
     
  11. diazj3 macrumors 6502a

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    60-90 sec. boot is not too bad. The best upgrade for improving it is getting an SSD (most people go with Intel or OWC). If cost is an issue, you can combine a smaller SSD for OSX and apps, and the drive you have for the user files using this, taking out the optical drive.

    If you get an SSD, you can take the opportunity to do a fresh install: major updates (SL to Lion) usually warrant it. Perhaps there are some SL-Lion incompatible apps or prefs that are affecting your boot times. Finally, I'd also recommend not rebooting every day - sleep/wake generally works ok. Personally I reboot my MBP every 2-3 weeks on average, and have no problems with it.

    Cheers!
     
  12. groundog thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok thanks guys, think ill just wait till i upgrade my mac because i just got the iPhone 4s also i will start using the sleep feature more often.
     

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