May 4th update has improved boot up time on my 17" 2011 mbp with Vertex 3

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  1. pedrofan, May 5, 2011
    Last edited: May 5, 2011

    pedrofan macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
    In my 17" 2011 2,3ghz I7 Macbook pro with an OCZ vertex 3, boot times have been improved for three seconds with the last apple's update (may 4th) going from 18 to 15 seconds. And now, the rolling loading circle doesn't even appear below the apple logo in the boot up screen as it used to appear rolling two or three times before the update. It just loads instanctly after the apple logo appears.

    With AJA System Test, Xbench, and DiskSpeedTest, transfer speeds seems to remain the same.

    I made all the fixes berofe the upgrade, smc and pr resets, fixing the last apple upgrade with these commands
    sudo chown root:admin /
    sudo kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel
    sudo kextcache -system-caches, and the faster I could get was 18 seconds. Now after the update It boots faster (I also entered the above commands in terminal after the upgrade).

    This are only speculations, but I think that this improvement can be seen as software fix for the problems of interference that the 17" 2011 macbook pros have been suffering between the sata 6 cable and the battery indicator cable.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I'm seeing the same thing with my 2011 13" MBP and Intel 510 SSD.

    Previously the grey circle would do two or three loops before going to the login sequence. Now you have to watch closely to even see the grey circle. It briefly appears and does about half a circle before booting.

    I did an XBench test and see about the same speeds as before though.
  3. pedrofan, May 5, 2011
    Last edited: May 5, 2011

    pedrofan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
    You can say that I am crazy, but I feel everything a lot faster after the update. It restarts in 15 seconds, the same as a normal boot!!
  4. pedrofan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
  5. mharpo, May 5, 2011
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    mharpo macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010
    Same here. 17" MBP 8,3; Crucial M4 256GB boot disk, OWC 240GB in optibay. :D
  6. romeo21 macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2010
    Me too, i have a owc ssd and i see no spinning wheel and it boots up super fast :):D:D:D:D
  7. oButto, May 5, 2011
    Last edited: May 5, 2011

    oButto macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2011
    Mine actually went up 1 second T.T


    Nevermind, just tried it and and boot time decreased by three! 18 --> 15 second for me as well. Running an Intel 320 on a 2011 MBP
  8. Noctis macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2009
    Toronto, ON
    Hmm looks like gfxcardstatus isn't working now. It's gonna need an update.

    Nvm, maybe it was just glitchy seems to work.
  9. pedrofan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
    Mine is working
  10. m4rk0 macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2008
    mine works as well.
    are your boot times referred from pressing the button? would you take it from the boeeeeeiiiiiiing sound please? :)
  11. odedia macrumors 65816

    Nov 24, 2005
    This update breaks the TRIM enabler. Make sure you run TRIM enabler again after the update or you'll lose TRIM support!

    I have an Intel X25-M 120gb in my 17" 2011 MBP, with TRIM enabled, and I also don't get any spinning wheels. Great update. Too bad no 6gb/s magic fix for the optibay, but it was a long shot.
  12. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    Wirelessly posted (Johnny iphone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8G4 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Just fine the update- ssd owc merc extreme sata3

    Boot time increased 14-18secs!!

    Will play around tomorrow an re-enable trim to c if it gets my boot times back to what they where
  13. tcador macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    I swear my remaining battery estimates went up after installing this update. Prior to it I was seeing at best 4.5 hours on the estimated time remaining. It always bothered me a little bit but I never worried or looked too hard to find the culprit (if it's an application or background process). After updating, i've seen the estimate go as high as 9 hours with an average of around 7.

    And just to stay on topic, my boot times remained about the same but they were always good anyhow :p
  14. mac jones, May 5, 2011
    Last edited: May 5, 2011

    mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    boot time on the Vertex 3 seems to be quicker...a lot. :)
  15. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    Confirmed with Micron C400 512GB that the gears no longer show up. Now I'm hoping the beach balls won't either.
  16. adrian1480 macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2010
    Same results here as the OP.

    Intel X-25 Gen II. No spinning loading thing at all during boot-up.

    Very impressive.
  17. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    For boots, are you guys clocking it from power on to the login screen, or are you just not using a password?
  18. wallpop macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2011
  19. mape2k macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2011
    same here, bye bye spinning ball :cool: intel 320 300gb
  20. adrian1480 macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2010
    i'm not timing anything.

    I push the power button from logo pops up...then I'm at my desktop (no login screen).

    In the past, I'd see at least a few rotations of that loading circle below the Apple logo during boot. No longer. So I suppose it's 3 or 4 seconds faster now. Not particularly significant, but still cool.
  21. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Does anyone know what they did? Was there any disclosure to this?

    This is rather a substantial alteration. All of us with SSDs , that wheel is gone forever.

    Long live the wheel :)
  22. wallpop macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2011
    same experiences from the hdd macbook pro users?
  23. JH4DC5 macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2010
    i also have noticed slightly quicker boot times with my 120gb apple ssd. i didnt record and before/after times, but i went from 2.5 gear spins to .5 gear spins. sometimes it doesnt even show up at all! im happy:D
  24. Ozix macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2011
    Hawaii / Deployed to Afghanistan
    Sweet, looking forward to installing the updates (second attempt). Redownloading them isn't normally an issue, except with super slow Internet. I dunno if my first download was corrupted but neither the EFI update or the Software Update wanted to install, I'll keep my fingers crossed it works and I get faster boot times :D

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