Mac Pro Slow boot... 5 minutes....

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by avinator, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. avinator macrumors member

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    My mac pro has been working without any problems till a few days ago. I am getting very slow boot times lasting 5 minutes...

    White screen for about 5 sec then the white screen with the apple logo for another 2 - 3min and the a blue screen for another 2 - 3 minutes then the log on windows appears.. I used to be able to boot in about 1 minute tops...

    I reset the nvram, did the safeboot, installed a fresh snow leopard os on a separate drive, ran a mem check and nothing... The darn thing is cursed ! :mad:

    From time to time I am now getting a line coming down on my screen and a black box with the message that I need to shut of the computer by pressing the shut down button.

    Even when I boot from a external drive is still takes forever....

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. marcelog4 macrumors newbie

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    Did you try boot with "Apple hardware Test" CD/DVD???

    sounds like a ram issue...
     
  3. avinator thread starter macrumors member

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    Not yet, I used "rember" and it check out ok. I'll try the Apple hardware test dvd next and advise...
     
  4. avinator thread starter macrumors member

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    Ran the asd test - everything passed... possible to pass and a mem stick could be bad ?
     
  5. marcelog4 macrumors newbie

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    yes..how many ram stick are you installed?
     
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  7. someguy macrumors 68020

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    This is a kernel panic.

    Very common symptom of a faulty memory module, though it can mean other things as well.

    I would start by booting the system repeatedly, each time with a different memory configuration installed in the same memory channel. Start with 1GB pairs (2x512MB sticks). If one pair gives you a problem and the rest don't, swap one of the two sticks out for one from a good pair and that will tell you which stick is bad. If you have the same issue with all pairs, try a different memory channel on the motherboard.

    Process of elimination is key, though you may just have a faulty motherboard.
     
  8. marcelog4 macrumors newbie

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    That is correct...Avinator,do it that.

    Then tell as what happen

    PD: Be careful to put the fist two 512 ram stick on correct dual channels. (you can check your mac manual)
     
  9. avinator thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. We'll do as soon as I get home later tonight and post results asap.
     
  10. avinator thread starter macrumors member

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    I swapped and tested all the mem sticks as suggested and everything is still the same. It appears the mem sticks are ok. Anything else I could try ? :confused:
     
  11. avinator thread starter macrumors member

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    Just noticed something which may or may not have anything to do with my problem. I just ran onyx, maintenance and yasu to confirm that my mac won't reboot after asking for a restart after running the above mentioned apps. huh ? The system just sits until I power it back on manually - On the crash report i am getting the following..... ( partial )

    Thu Sep 30 21:56:17 2010
    panic(cpu 3 caller 0x2a8ab2): Kernel trap at 0x5cd70d67, type 14=page fault, registers:
    CR0: 0x8001003b, CR2: 0x00000008, CR3: 0x00100000, CR4: 0x00000660
    EAX: 0x00000001, EBX: 0x07ae9540, ECX: 0x20000000, EDX: 0x00000008
    CR2: 0x00000008, EBP: 0x5d30bad8, ESI: 0x00000001, EDI: 0x07aeae00
    EFL: 0x00010206, EIP: 0x5cd70d67, CS: 0x00000008, DS: 0x00000010
    Error code: 0x00000000

    Backtrace (CPU 3), Frame : Return Address (4 potential args on stack)
    0x5d30b8e8 : 0x21b455 (0x5cf328 0x5d30b91c 0x2238b1 0x0)
    0x5d30b938 : 0x2a8ab2 (0x591664 0x5cd70d67 0xe 0x59182e)
    0x5d30ba18 : 0x29e9a8 (0x5d30ba30 0x5cd9571c 0x5d30bad8 0x5cd70d67)
    0x5d30ba28 : 0x5cd70d67 (0xe 0x7780048 0x5d300010 0x7ae0010)
    0x5d30bad8 : 0x5cd6fb66 (0x7ae9540 0x85fa78 0x5d30bb08 0x76c5800)
    0x5d30bb08 : 0x5cd6dec3 (0x7aeae00 0x85fa78 0x5d30bb38 0x4fbdd9)
    Kernel Extensions in backtrace (with dependencies):
    com.apple.iokit.IOUSBFamily(4.0.2)@0x5cd65000->0x5cd95fff
    dependency: com.apple.iokit.IOPCIFamily(2.6)@0x55cc6000

    BSD process name corresponding to current thread: kernel_task

    Mac OS version:
    10F569

    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kernel Version 10.4.0: Fri Apr 23 18:28:53 PDT 2010; root:xnu-1504.7.4~1/RELEASE_I386
    System model name: MacPro1,1
     
  12. someguy macrumors 68020

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    Sounds like you've more or less ruled out software issues with the restore. You've ruled out the likelihood of a failing hard drive and bad memory, as well.

    What are you left with?

    CPU, motherboard, power supply, and anything else that is, but for troubleshooting purposes shouldn't be, plugged into the machine via USB or FireWire. I'd also remove any unnecessary peripherals like PCI add-on cards, etc.
     
  13. avinator thread starter macrumors member

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    I'll try to make it to the Apple Store to see what they come up with... Do they charge for a diagnose?
     
  14. avinator thread starter macrumors member

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    All systems go again ! I did a SMC reset on the logic board and everything is back to normal...:D
    I am glad was nothing more serious.... ;)
    Cheers !
     

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