My MBP takes 2mins+ to boot into leopard!

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  1. billandy macrumors regular

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    For no reason, my 17" 2.33GHz with 2GB RAM takes ridiculously long to boot into leopard. I performed a clean installation on the first day leopard was officially released and have quite a lot of pictures, videos and documents on the 160GB 5400rpm hard drive-about 100GB. Still I don't think those data will slow the leopard down so significantly compared to about 30-40 seconds in most mac boot tests. Any idea how this could be? THX!!!:apple:
     
  2. mbpcron macrumors member

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    Check your add-on software

    All it takes is one device, one device driver, or one piece of bootup software that goes into a timeout mode to slow any computer's reboot process. I'd look at what you have installed / connected first.
     
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    If you press and hold CMD-V when starting up you will see more detail on the startup process (it looks more like a traditional Unix boot up sequence). This may help you identify if somethings stalling the boot.
     
  4. Twe Foju macrumors 6502

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    that is quite long to boot

    normally it would boot leopard in not more than 10 seconds ( on 2.4 GHz )
     
  5. BioChron macrumors regular

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    That is weird. It could be a number of things, such as some device that is attached to the computer that slows it down.
     
  6. billandy thread starter macrumors regular

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    removed ViruScan, much faster now, but still takes around 1min. tried cmd-v, it seems to freeze for abot 3-5 seconds on bluetooth and airport start-up. i am using the wireless mighty mouse and a wired aluminium keyboard. other peripherals include a logitech usb microphone attached to the keyboard and a dock-connector for my iPod Touch.

    BTW, the new apple keyboard is really CRAP!!! Keeps on missing keystrokes and the Caps key is really a pain to use as it really has to be pressed down in the centre of the key for a very long time. Also the strange shape of the "enter" key on the British version is another pain to use! Looks very nice though...
     
  7. skyrider007 macrumors 65816

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    I totally agree with this! We pay more in the UK for a crappy enter key?
     
  8. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    Sounds obvious but I would take it in to apple if I were you. I had a similar problem with my macbook (although it was taking more in the region of 5 mins), but after I sent it in, it's been back to its old zippy self.
     
  9. matt4077 macrumors member

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    I don't even remember the last reboot. Isn't sleep/suspend a lot better anyway?
     
  10. Fiasco macrumors regular

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    Out of curiosity, what does that UK enter key look like? Any pics?
     
  11. skyrider007 macrumors 65816

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  12. Brianstorm91 macrumors 65816

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    Our enter key is far, far too narrow: I'm constantly missing it.
    And why is @ in the wrong place?
    It should be right next to enter.
     
  13. billandy thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes, most of the time no one bothers to reboot the machine, but just noticed my laptop getting slower and slower at boot-up recently.

    everything's wrong with the new aluminium keyboard. the caps key is my biggest headache, followed by the tiny stingy "return", then it's the useless "§" key. the "@"'s in the wrong place with many other keys. have no idea which retard gave such keyboard layout map to apple and claim it being "british"...
     
  14. billandy thread starter macrumors regular

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    after switching off all the network services and wireless connections(including bluetooth), the boot-up was immediately sped up to around 40 seconds. seems that it has something to do with the complexity and huge size of my university network.
     

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