Slow boot after installing Windows Vista using Boot Camp ?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MiBi4ever, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. MiBi4ever macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2008
    Hi there guys,
    This is the 1st time i got a Mac , i bought a black Macbook 2.4GHz some days ago .
    I installed Windows Vista Ultimate using Boot Camp , and all went smoothly .
    Only 1 prob is when restarting , i have to wait too long for the Windows to log on , i think about 1min with the black screen.
    And if i want to boot in Mac OS , i have to push down the D button or the Alt, it takes quite a long time too .

    So do you guys have any solution to this problem ? I want to get rid of the waiting time, way too much.

    And do you know how to make my Macbook jump right in the choosing section when it starts ? ( so that i dont have to push down any button when it starts )

    Thanks in advance.
  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Try BootPicker.

    Speed things up by adding more memory to your MacBook. Another 2 Gb will make a big difference. Check with

  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    You can't have it jump right in to the boot selection. It needs to load the OS and then load Boot Camp should you hold the option key.
  4. syddel macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2009
    Very slow Vista boot on iMac dual-boot

    I have a 24-inch iMac, 2.66GHz with 4GB of RAM. I don't think this problem is related to RAM. I have rEFIt installed. If I choose OSX, boot happens quite quickly. If I choose Vista, everything stays idle for about 2 minutes.

    I believe it's partitioning problem (partition type/search/scan) - just a hunch at this stage. I did have a different version of Vista on my iMac earlier, and when I chose Windows, everything would fire up within 20 to 30 seconds.
  5. syddel macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2009
    I found the problem with my setup - the slow boot time was caused by a hybrid USB hub/memory card reader that was plugged into one of my USB ports. For some reason, the card reader registers as an external storage device, even when there is no USB memory stick or memory card attached.

    It's strange the OSX will still boot quickly with this device attached...

    If Windows takes a long time to boot up, try unplugging all attached devices (everything except your keyboard and mouse).

    Good luck.

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