MacBook Pro - boot times

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bam bam, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. bam bam macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2007
    Chicago area
    My wife has a 13" MBP 2.66Ghz, Core 2 Duo, 4GB Ram (bought in April 2010). Running OS X 10.6.6

    She uses it 95% of the time for web surfing, email. I loaded on Office for Mac, Clean My Mac, and Windows 7 (via Boot Camp) within the first 1-2 months of purchase. Battery life is great, everything works fine. BUT she has been noting for the past 2 months are so that it seems to be taking longer to boot up.

    It takes about 55-60 seconds to boot up today.

    What is normal?

    What can I do to speed up the boot time?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You could remove some Login Items from System Preferences > Accounts >> her account >>> Login Items.

    Or you or she could just close the lid and let the MBP sleep, unless she needs to boot into Windows daily, for which maybe Virtual Box (free) or another VM application like VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop might more than suffice.
  3. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    Try the following, see if it is faster after each step:

    • make sure your Mac HD is selected under system preferences / startup disk
    • reset PRAM
    • reset SMC
  4. bam bam thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2007
    Chicago area

    How do I reset PRAM and SMC?
  5. jenzjen macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2010
    MRoogle or Google
  6. JamesMB macrumors 68000


    Jan 2, 2011
  7. Prelude2elude macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2010
    I'm in the same boat. I use mine for internet, homework, and I don't download programs.

    My startup time is the same, it never use to do this either. now during startup and shutdown i get the little loading symbol, that never was there either.

    purchased in Feb '10 2.53ghz MBP.

    Tried all of the following listed above and none of it helped.
  8. nippyjun macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2007
  9. roliath macrumors regular


    Dec 7, 2009
  10. Politis macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010
    What % in bootcamp?

    QUESTION. When you BootCamped, what % did you give to each side? Thanks
  11. bam bam thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2007
    Chicago area
    I can't recall exactly offhand but I'm guessing the Windows side is 30-50GB.

    The Mac side shows 285GB capacity with ~265GB of free space.

    We really don't use a lot of document/photos/songs/etc on this machine - it is basically only used for web browsing.
  12. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Here you go:


    • Shut down the computer.

    • Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power source, connecting it to the Mac if its not already connected.

    • *On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time.

    • Release all the keys and the power button at the same time.

    • Press the power button to turn on the computer. *


    • *Shut down the computer.

    • *Locate the following keys on the keyboard: Command, Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down simultaneously in step

    • *Turn on the computer.

    • *Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys. You must press this key combination before the gray screen appears.

    • *Hold the keys down until the computer restarts and you hear the startup sound for the second time.

    • Release the keys.
  13. mac82 macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Try fixing disk permissions. That usually works to speed up boot times. Open Disk Utility, select 'Macintosh HD' or whatever you've called your hard disk, and hit the button at the bottom of the window that says 'Repair Disk Permissions'. When it's done, run it another couple of times (it will find more permissions to repair), and then try rebooting. Hope this helps.
  14. bam bam thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2007
    Chicago area
    Thanks for all the help. Here's what I've done so far:

    - Streamlined the Login items at start-up (the only one listed was iTunes Helper which I un-ticked)
    - Repaired Permissions after rebooting from the original CD boot disk

    The good news: It worked.....sort of...

    But I found something I wasn't expecting: Boot times varied dramatically depending on if the MBP was plugged into the wall or not.

    When I booted up (not a restart, but a full start up) and the MBP was plugged in the start time was 25-30 seconds. Just like a new machine!!

    But the boot time is still 55-60 seconds when it is running on battery power. I find that puzzling because I've always been impressed with the battery strength (8+ hrs) and never had a power issue.

    Does anyone else think that is strange or have an idea why this is occurring??:confused:

    Here is the battery/power data I copied from my laptop:
    Battery Information:

    Model Information:
    Serial Number:9G0150AUJD3MA
    Device name:bq20z451
    Pack Lot Code:0000
    PCB Lot Code:0000
    Firmware Version:0201
    Hardware Revision:0002
    Cell Revision:0158
    Charge Information:
    Charge remaining (mAh):4258
    Fully charged:No
    Full charge capacity (mAh):5522
    Health Information:
    Cycle count:107
    Battery Installed:Yes
    Amperage (mA):1664
    Voltage (mV):12278

    System Power Settings:

    AC Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes):10
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes):10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes):10
    Wake On AC Change:No
    Wake On Clamshell Open:Yes
    Wake On LAN:Yes
    Current Power Source:Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim:Yes
    Battery Power:
    System Sleep Timer (Minutes):10
    Disk Sleep Timer (Minutes):10
    Display Sleep Timer (Minutes):5
    Wake On AC Change:No
    Wake On Clamshell Open:Yes
    Display Sleep Uses Dim:Yes
    Reduce Brightness:Yes
  15. Blu101 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2010
    "Un-ticking" only un-hides it ;)

    You need to select iTunes helper by clicking it (one click the whole line, not just the check box), then click on the "-" button at the bottom of the items list, which removes/deletes it from the list, leaving you with an empty list of nothing :)

    Also, probably won't help, but good to do once in a while anyway, open up Safari and clean it out--> empty the cache, cookies and databases.

    Are you running an anti-virus on the windows side? Download "Microsoft Security Essentials" if not (it's free and one of the best).
  16. pjny, Mar 5, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2011

    pjny macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010

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