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How fast does your new 13" Air boot

  • < 15 seconds

    Votes: 34 85.0%
  • 16 - 30 seconds

    Votes: 3 7.5%
  • 31 - 45 seconds

    Votes: 1 2.5%
  • 46 - 60 seconds

    Votes: 1 2.5%
  • > 60 seconds

    Votes: 1 2.5%

  • Total voters
    40
  • Poll closed .

MooneyFlyer

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Original poster
Nov 18, 2007
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Boston
All,

I didn't turn up any threads on this using search so I apologize if I missed something. I'm curious about what people are seeing for boot times on their new 13" Airs after loading it up with their "stuff".

I've got the maxed out 13" and I'm seeing boot times of ~50 seconds now which is a little unfortunate. Resume times are about 5 seconds or so. Certainly not instant on but also not bad. Now I'm off to figure out where the time is going but I'm not exactly sure how to go about that.

I did not buy this computer for the boot times so I'm not completely worried about it but it would be nice to know.

So, what types of times are you seeing on your 13" MB Air?
 

OSMac

macrumors 65816
Jun 14, 2010
1,451
6
I posted a thread a few days ago on this
as I was seeing many with 15 sec boot times and others with 30 sec.

Turns out after you install some updates boot times will increase for a few boots. Check the thread where others explained why.

Mine was 30 secs for a couple days then suddenly 15 was the norm.

But all I ever do now is use sleep mode and just open and close the lid as needed.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1036615/
 

MooneyFlyer

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Nov 18, 2007
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Boston
thanks - sorry I didn't catch that in MRoogle. I'll see what happens as I cycle it a lot more this week on travel.
 

henry72

macrumors 65816
Jun 18, 2009
1,352
618
New Zealand
Just timed mine, 15 seconds, 13 seconds, 13 seconds. (not done any software updates yet)

I bet After you install the updates will get slower again. After a while it will get better and better. Don't ask me why! This is Mac OS X.

Just ge everything up to date and this is my experience

Cheers :)
 

MooneyFlyer

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Nov 18, 2007
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It occurred to me that maybe it's different if it is in my "dock" setup (24", Time machine disk, keyboard, etc.). So I used it standalone all day today and my most recent startup was 24 seconds. That's definitely better.
I'll try it back in the dock config later again. Right now I'm battery conditioning -- and it's taking a while to drain it :)
 

wirelessmacuser

macrumors 68000
Dec 20, 2009
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Planet.Earth
Day three, fully setup with my software etc.

I have lots of time on mine, I've really been using it.

Boot times have stabilized to between 12 & 15 seconds, that three second differential is giving me a migraine.

I may very well have to return this _very slow_ computer.




JK...ha..ha...ha...:)
 

Captain Spekkie

macrumors member
Oct 24, 2009
44
4
The Netherlands
Hi guys,

My 13.3 inch 4GB machine boots in 13 to 14 seconds and the 11.6 my dad has boots in 14 to 15 seconds.

As i posted in the other thread it sometimes after an update or installation it wil boot slower. Then it takes 30 to 40 seconds.

After a few reboots and some time using it is turns back to 14/15 seconds.
As some helpful guy in the other thread pointed out, OSX takes a while to build the cash back up to speed.

So every macbook Air 2010 should startup in 15 seconds unless a system update has been done. ;)
 

GreatestDane

macrumors member
Oct 26, 2010
34
0
That certainly is quick!
I wouldn't buy just because of the boot times, but it is an important factor.
And nice for showoff in front of people who know nothing about technology (my parents :rolleyes:)
 

MooneyFlyer

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Nov 18, 2007
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Boston
Traveling today and my boot time was <20 seconds (I didn't have a timer and was counting so it could have been slightly more or less). Anyway, I won't be back to my office setup until the 11th, so no way to test this. Maybe it has to do with external drives, etc.. not sure.
 

Crusader

macrumors member
Sep 26, 2007
49
0
Installed all my apps and updated with latest OSX. Can't remember the first boot time (too excited to time). 2nd boot up till now less than 15 seconds, about 13-14 seconds.
 

EsspeN

macrumors newbie
Nov 2, 2010
25
8
I got my 11.6" , 1.6 4gb 128ssd last night.
My first mac by the way!

Boot up time for OSX was approx 7-8 seconds after innstalling a few apps from adobe. From sleep its more like 1-2 seconds.

With so fast boot up time, maybe i should stop using the sleep.
 

MooneyFlyer

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Original poster
Nov 18, 2007
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Boston
Does anyone with these incredible times have external disks, keyboard, mice, or screens hooked up?
 

fsb

macrumors newbie
Dec 12, 2010
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Maybe the fast boot times even after huge software updates and installations result due to the garbage collection form the toshiba SSD controller?
I also had this weird decrease in boot time after installing some applications.
I did a complete reinstall then and made some measurements.
Seems like the garbage collection is really doing a good job.
Anandtech also has an article about the garbage collection / cleanup feature on the Toshiba controller.

For further details, please read my summary about the MacBook Air 13 boot times.

~fsb
 
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superdudeo

macrumors regular
Dec 7, 2010
221
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I took my MBA in to genius bar this weekend. One of the reasons was because the boot time after the update was 40 secs. If you don't boot in less than 15 secs, there's something wrong. He deleted the cache folder and did something else which I can't remember the name of but involved plugging the power cable in and pressing something like ctrl, cmd and p and r at the same time while turning the MBA on. I can't remember the exact combination of buttons though. This cleared something and it was fine after that.
 

BENJMNS

macrumors 6502
Dec 28, 2005
449
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i may be the only one, but 15 seconds is still 15 seconds too long.

i hope we get to a point where there is no such thing as booting and you just have it instant on period. we have that in a way right now, but not exactly.

i've gotten used to not shutting down my laptop. it's cool. i noticed after the latest firmware the thing's even snappier.
 

fsb

macrumors newbie
Dec 12, 2010
2
0
He deleted the cache folder and did something else which I can't remember the name of but involved plugging the power cable in and pressing something like ctrl, cmd and p and r at the same time while turning the MBA on. I can't remember the exact combination of buttons though. This cleared something and it was fine after that.

This was most likely resetting the PRAM and NVRAM.
 
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