Mini Server boot times?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by AuroraProject, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. AuroraProject macrumors 65816

    AuroraProject

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    Maybe I'm just used to my older MBP, it would boot Snow Leopard in around a minute. My new Mini Server is stock base except for an 8gb G.Skill kit. From the bong to login screen is 2 minutes. After the bong it shows a solid grey screen for 35 seconds, then the Apple logo appears, then the gear.
    I have tried putting the stock ram back in and it takes the same amount of time, so I assume it's normal. I don't restart it or turn it off very often, it's usually on 24/7.
    Is this a normal boot time for a Mini Server? Thanks.
     
  2. holme73 macrumors newbie

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    Hi, That's definitely not normal, I achieve pretty consistent boot times of under 20 seconds with 8gb of crucial memory. Server is the dual 500gb drive model. I have it in a Raid0, but the boot times are similar to the non-raid setup for me.
     
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    down load geekbench and see what score you get. around 9000 for 32 bit is normal
     
  4. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    Reset PRAM and ensure that you have set your OS X drive as Startup Disk in Sys Prefs.
     
  5. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    By the time mine has booted, logged in and loaded all the services it runs about 2-3 minutes have passed. Considering what its doing and the slow hard drive it seems about right to me. But, I've got it pretty heavily loaded. My solution is to leave it running 24\7 and only reboot when I have to. Usually thats for a software update and isn't too often.
     
  6. AuroraProject thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I really didn't think this would make a difference, but it did. After selecting the startup disk and resetting the PRAM my Mini Server now consistently boots in 50 seconds.

    Thanks!
     

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