Slow restart is a new problem. Why?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BitterB, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. BitterB macrumors member

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    I'm relatively new to Mac, working on a white iMac 24, 2.16Ghz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 256 VRAM. The computer has always booted up quick, and restarted fast when I needed to restart....I'm talking 1 Min or less. Now all of a sudden it's 5-6 minutes after I choose "restart" under the Apple menu icon in upper left. Why would this be happening?? I have some thoughts, but I'm not sure....

    I recently got the MacHeist II. I've activated very few of the programs with the licenses, and have really only used one up to this point (Tiki Golf...the kids love it!). I also hooked up an external HDD about 2-3 weeks ago, but the slow startup didn't happen then.

    The only other computer changes, would be a few songs downloaded, and my kids using some library software (games) on here. I have plenty of on board HDD space left (over 170 GB).

    I don't know what to do here. This sudden change to 5-6 minutes startup has me worried. Any thoughts from you pros out there?? Many thanks...
     
  2. BitterB thread starter macrumors member

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    Changed Startup Disk preference

    For those that care or have similar issue, while looking through my preference panels, I noticed the "startup disk" had no disk selected. Weird, I'm not sure how this happened. I selected my "Mac OS X 10.4.11" version on "Macintosh HD", made sure the setting was saved, and then rebooted. Everything was smooth, less than 1 minute. I did it twice to make sure it wasn't a fluke.

    I'm thinking because I didn't have anything selected in this preference, I had a kids game in the CD drive, and I also have an external, that the comp was searching around for what to boot from. It still seems odd, but I'm thinking that could have been it.

    Am I on target here, or did I just get lucky for a couple of boots?? This iMac is only 7 months old. It couldn't be slow yet.
     
  3. JG271 macrumors 6502a

    JG271

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    Sometimes when you have lots of folders and files on your desktop it can slow the startup...
    Thats all i can think of really... the mac won't try and boot from a CD or an external unless you press down keys after startup.

    Post again if you have any problems, you'll probably be fine although strange how it didn't have a startup disk selected!
     

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