Slow startup - fine after boot?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lieb39, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. lieb39 macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hello everyone,

    I've got a friend with a 12" Powerbook, 1.33GHz G4, 768MB DDR400, running 10.4 latest. Just within the week the Powerbook started to take up to 7 minutes to boot, but is fine when finally booted, no unusual slowdowns. No recent software installed.. and she'll preform the hardware test next week, as she doesn't have access to the disks right now. Anyone have any ideas of the cause / fix in the mean time?


  2. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Does it still take 7 minutes to boot, or just that once? Once could be Spotlight indexing her HD. If it is every time, check Preferences > Startup Disk to make sure that her local disk is selected and the machine is not waiting to connect to a network drive. Disk Utility should already be on the machine. Have you tried running it?

    Actually, now that I think of it, Spotlight indexing would only make the machine run slow not keep it from booting.
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Does your friend have over 8GB of free space? What does your friend have listed in the Login Items (System Preferences) and Startup Items (a folder on the System's Library)?

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