Startup times 2009 Unibody Macbook

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  1. olympic macrumors newbie

    olympic

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    Greetings all.
    Hope this is the right forum.
    I have been asked by a friend to look at their 2009 Macbook which has had a few problems. It is one of the white unibody 2009 models with a SATA hard drive ( not SSD).

    I wonder if someone could advise me on what they would expect as a roughly "normal" startup time for this model. Startup time is in the order of (from switching power on) approx 1 sec to Chimes, approx 35 secs to Apple logo appearing, (plain grey screen during this time), then approx a further 60 secs before getting to the login screen.

    Secondly, are there any pressure adjustments (internally or externally) for the trackpad. The pad works but requires a really hard press to open or close apps etc. I am comparing the pressure on this unit to my own Macbook Air which requires much less force to work.

    Any advice greatly appreciated.

    Regards to all.
     
  2. BrettAP98 macrumors member

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    I have an old white MBU, it takes about 1.5 for chime, and a full 45/60 seconds to load. Mine has a SATA drive as well. It has gotten slower, but still fires up on the first push.
     
  3. BrettAP98 macrumors member

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  4. olympic thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Brett,
    Sounds like the time is about what one might expect. I may pull the pad out and see if there is a problem.
    And yes, I do use a mouse with my mac also. Find it much more convenient.
     
  5. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    There's no direct mechanical adjustment for pressure. Do check in the Trackpad pref pane, where a settings adjustment might make some difference in the feel of the trackpad.
    However, on an older Mac laptop, a battery that is beginning to swell can push up against the trackpad, and can affect how that trackpad responds.
    Disconnect and remove the battery, looking for obvious swelling. You can place the battery upside down on a hard, flat surface. The battery should not rock back and forth. And, with the battery removed, you can boot up with the power adapter, then try the trackpad. If it responds normally for you, then the battery is going to be the problem.
     

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