MBP Startup Issue

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by royaletea, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. royaletea macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2007
    So, I just got a brand-new 15' MBP, which shipped with the Leopard Upgrade DVD. Everything went fine in terms of installation, but I've noticed a problem two times now.

    For one thing, shutting down takes a bit of time--but starting up is a whole other issue. It takes forever, often times it never gets past the white screen, and it just sits there. It did it once, and after waiting a bit it finally got to the Apple logo and took a bit of time to load, but then worked fine. Just recently I shut it down (to be nice) and decided to start it back up again. Went through the same problem, but this time, after a while, a blinking Earth appeared on the screen where the Apple logo normally is. Only thing that I can think is that its some sort of network symbol, as my network cable was unplugged once it finally started up.

    I figured that I'd better ask now while the computer's still under warranty and in case its a sign of a bigger problem. I do have an external HD, and I have a Tiger install DVD so I could easily do a fresh install/upgrade if needed. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. paul.b.davis macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2007
    Over the hills and far away...
    no clue what it could be

    try booting from the leopard disk and running disk utility and checking the disk/repairing permissions

    or a hardware test...i forget which key to press... but to boot from optical drive it's the c key when the white screen comes up
  3. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Sounds like there is no Startup Disk set, so it has to look for boot volumes. Try setting your internal drive as the Startup Disk using the Startup Disk preference pane in System Preferences.

    Not sure why it would take an excessive amount of time to shutdown, but it's not usually all that quick normally.

    Unless you're not using your MBP for an extended period of time (days), there really isn't a reason to shutdown. Just close the lid and let it sleep.
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    the same problem has been happening with my new intel iMac. it has been taking aaagggeesss to start-up/shut down.
    i shall try setting the startup disk, but i really dont think this would be part of the issue as i already have a startup disk chosen.
    worth a try tho thanks
  5. royaletea thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2007
    As far as I know the startup disk is correct, so next time I do a restart I might try booting from the CD and checking things out. Always good to know what buttons to push and such. Besides, I'd rather try some things out first before panicking and rushing to the Apple Store for a tiny problem.
  6. cirrusvkc macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2007
    Have the same problem on a MBP I just upgraded to Leopard.

    In System Preferences - Startup Disk, I only have "Network Startup" listed, but pressing D during boot, it starts up quickly.

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