Slow Boot Time?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ChudMaster, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. ChudMaster macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2007
    It takes about 40 seconds to boot my MBP. What is slowing it down, and what can i do to make it faster?
  2. bmcgrath macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    London, United Kingdom
    How much space have you left on yer drive? And how much ram do ya have also?
  3. ChudMaster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2007
    i have 4 gigs of kingston ram. in my mac partition, i have 40 gigs left, and 20 gigs left in my bootcamp partition
  4. ivi7 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2007
    Usually it takes time to boot after installing updates should not happen normally.
  5. jakeguy99 macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2007
    Mine has also recently slowed down, and i am still at 105GB of space left with 2GB of ram, it used to load instantly and now it is about at 40 seconds.
  6. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    it takes ONLY 40 seconds???

    mine takes about 90
  7. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    use sleep instead of shutdown;)
  8. Iamtherealwoody macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2007
    Gainesville, Florida
    I have noticed that my MB(2.0 C2D 2gb ram) takes considerably longer to boot once I've installed BootCamp. Even after returning my partition to one boot time is horrible. Is this caused by bootcamp? Is it waiting for user input on which OS to boot, even though now OS X is my only OS?

    If anyone has any info, fell free to share.
  9. looking4anotebo macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2007
    My SR MBP was taking about 15 seconds to boot. Yesterday I deleted Iwork and Office 2004 trials and loaded NeoOffice. Now my computer boots in about 10 seconds.

    I have bootcamp/windows XP with about 24 gigs left, and 50 gigs on the Mac OS partition.

    Everything is pretty organized, and not too many programs, that might be why my MBP boots so fast.
  10. lofight macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2007
    mine takes about 30 secs with only 512 mb ram and only 20GB left space. so i think i'm fast??
  11. brewno macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    My SR MBP would boot in record time, but after installing (and unninstalling) bootcamp, it takes a minute to boot. 4 Gb of RAM here, with 40 Gb left. Just waiting for Leopard for a total wipe. Meanwhile, sleep is the option. ;)
  12. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    LOL, 5 years ago we'd probably be saying "OMG, my PowerBook is taking 5 minutes to boot!" :p

    Anyway, I've noticed the same thing, and I also use bootcamp. I thought it was a problem with my hard drive, because I ran all possible maintenance thingies, though I'm going to try a defrag (my data is very fragmented).
  13. applesith macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2007
    I too have noticed a slight decrease in boot time on my MBP 2.4GHz. I have 4GB RAM, 160GB 7200RPM with 43GB free. For a while it booted in 32 seconds. Now it can take as much as 45 seconds. I'm not really complaining since i consider that from the time i press the power button to when the desktop is up, it can take 45 seconds. so much faster than my windows machine.

    If you leave it in sleep, is the hard drive still spinning? I do this during the day but then shut it off before I go to bed. I would hate to leave the hard drive running straight for so long.

    Anyone know a way to speed up the boot time? What can be used to clean everything up?
  14. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Run permissions repairs (disc utility) after any piece of software is installed. That can speed things up dramatically. You can also run maintenance scripts using Onyx or Cocktail or Applejack, though OSX runs these scripts regularly if your machine is running at night (it may run most of them regardless during other idle points).

    Otherwise, hmm. It's hard to say what's slowing it down without seeing an image of your HDD. If the Windows partition is in the interior, in theory your OSX partition should fly, provided you have at least 50-60% of the space free. Partitions are always trickier than single partition drives, however (I have a repair partition on my main drive, it is only 10gb but it definitely boots a bit slower than when it was all one partition, though only by 3-5 secs). Another trick is to make sure that you don't have any software set to start automatically when the computer boots; I had Skype set to launch at boot, and it doubled the time my computer took to completely boot. I disabled the auto-launch and my machine is back to its speedy self. Good luck!
  15. Helfeather macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2007
    I think it depends on fragmentation and space of hard drive; those two are important make sure you pay attention to them.
  16. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Check that your OS X volume is selected in Startup Disk.
  17. writeous macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2007
    I have BootCamp installed, and it takes me about 25 seconds to boot into OS X. I honestly dont remember how fast it was b4 hand, so it couldnt have been that much of a difference.
  18. minis2003 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2007
    what happen

    my macbook 2.16 takes about 1 minute for it to boot. after i loaded the new firmware i get about 45 second of white screen then 15 seconds to start 10.4.11
    permissions are repaired weekly or when i load a new program
    bootcamp was deleted

    my setup is 3 gb with 250gb hdd
  19. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I had this exact problem, after I removed my Boot Camp partition. Resetting the PRAM (by holding down Apple+Option+P+R while the computer is booting, and waiting until it chimes twice) fixed it.:D
  20. brewno macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    Montreal, Canada
    Hey, THANK YOU! :D
    That worked for me, too. Now it restarted in 15s. Great!
  21. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    No, sleep turns off pretty much everything except the RAM (and I'm sure a bit of power to the chipset and CPU).

    OS X also hibernates when you put it to sleep, so it doesn't actually go to sleep for (random guess) 15-30 seconds after you put it to sleep.

    I'm pretty sure that at least 10.4 runs those periodically (possibly during startup?), since obviously most consumer systems aren't going to be on/awake all night every night :)

    Are you sure the same thing wouldn't have happened by setting the OS X disc to be the boot disc? If that's not selected as someone mentioned it might take longer, and resetting the P RAM might default that back.
  22. rtracey macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2007
    Stanford, CA
    SR MBP Takes 60 Seconds to Boot! Help!

    I'm using a SR MBP 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM and unfortunately saw my boot time quadruple this past week. When I first got my computer, I was experiencing boot times of around 15 seconds, and they stayed that way--even after a Leopard install--until this past week, when I was fumbling around with my boot camp partition. I eventually got rid of the Windows partition and tried to undo all of the changes i made (mainly to the /etc/fstab file) and still experienced 60 second boot times. I tried resetting my PRAM and installing some dameons that run at boot, but still saw a boot time of 60 secs.

    I've attached a system log file from my last boot. If anyone can lend any advice, I'd greatly appreciate it. I'm about a dozen slow boots away from wiping my hard-drive and starting from scratch.

    SR MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 7200 rpm 160GB

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