Mac takes a long time to fully boot

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  1. celticpride678

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    The actual boot up time is very fast. However, when my dock and menu bar load, it takes like a minute before any apps begin launching. I only have Caffeine launching at start up. Any ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Check your login items and menu bar ones too. It takes a long time to load up the desktop scene and more so on a notebook with a 5400 RPM hard drive.
     
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    The login items say:
     

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  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Patience then? How often to you have to cold boot a machine?
     
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    I know, but the thing is that even after a restart of using it for like 7 hours, it takes a long time. Any other ideas?:confused:
     
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    I'll try that right now. I'll report back.
     
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    Run Onyx and clean some caches, see if that helps. It may be slower on first boot but after that it will be back up to speed.
     
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    Should I clean every system cache or just the user cache?
     
  10. Stachelsk macrumors regular

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    Can't hurt to do both.
     
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    how much hard drive space have you used up? freeing over 25% may increase boot speed a little.

    also how much RAM is used up after a cold boot? you may need more RAM.
     
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    I am using about 30 GB of a 250 GB hard drive.

    How can I tell how much RAM is being used after a cold boot?
     
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    in Activity Monitor under the System Memory tab type out or post a screenshot of the stats.

    it might not be the case though.
     
  14. mags631 Guest

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    How long is it actually taking? Can you roughly time it and report back?

    You should try:
    1) Repairing permissions (Disk Utility)
    2) Removing all peripherals but keyboard and mouse
    3) Turning off the network
    4) Disable all start-up items
    5) Reboot -- if speed has improved, then you should add everything back one-by-one to see if you can isolate a problem. I would add the network back first in case other items rely on having a network connection.

    Note that clearing caches can slow down performance initially. Caches are meant to make things easier for the OS and Applications to find information... it stands to reason that if a cache is corrupt, clearing them out will get rid of the problem, so it doesn't hurt to try that.
     
  15. celticpride678 thread starter Guest

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    Here is the system memory tab screenshot:

    (Roughly 5 minutes after a cold boot)
     

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    Well, boot up time is about 36 seconds. after logging in, it takes another minute to become usable.

    UPDATE: I am repairing permissions right now. After, I will try and restart. I will then try the rest of your steps. I already cleared every single cache there is...so it is not that.

    UPDATE 2: Should I try and repair the disk as well?
     
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    I'm not sure if this makes a difference, but here is my disk activity chart. The place where there is the very high peek is seconds after login. Does this make a difference. Does that mean the system is trying to access something?
     

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  19. Stachelsk macrumors regular

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    That's normal.

    How long is it taking to start up? I'd say for an clean system, a minute isn't all that out of the ordinary. If you really want to see fast boot up times, buy a bigger/faster harddrive, or consider a SSD.
     
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    Thanks for all the help. After about a hour of cleaning up cache, system files and resetting about a hundred different things, my system is back up and speedy after login again. I will continue to work on it, but it is pretty good so far. I will try and let the computer sit a while and then try a cold boot and see what happens and hopefully it will work.:)

    Once again, thanks for all the help:D
     

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