Strange delay in startup

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  1. tarsierspectral macrumors regular

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    I have MP hex with SSD as a start up disk. From the moment I hear the chime the computer starts really fast. But the from the time I press the power button and when I hear the chime it takes exactly 15 seconds. I find this a bit odd. So I press the power button, I see the monitor light come on but the screen stays black for 15 seconds and then I hear the chime and the grey screen shows up. Is this normal?

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  3. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    Set the SSD as default start up disk in the pref pane
     
  4. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    will try, and report back, thanks
     
  5. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    it is already set.
     
  6. tommyknockrs macrumors newbie

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    Can you also let us know if the SSD is stock from apple or did you install it yourself? Memory configuration? Are there other hard drives in your configuration, how is your monitor connected, and if there any type of unusual USB/Firewire peripherals connected?
     
  7. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    SSD is not stock, I installed it myself. RAM is 10GB, 2x4GB and 2x1GB. Monitor connected via DVI cable directly to the computer. No peripherals connected.
     
  8. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    Did PRAM reset, made no difference, how do you reset MSC?
     
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    Try repairing permissions with Disk Utility
     
  12. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    No difference
     
  13. dockingbay94 macrumors regular

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    Same thing happening here. I didn't see it as a problem though. I'm running an SSD in the optical bay and a monitor through DVI. Hit the power button, 15 seconds later I hear a chime and 15 seconds from then I'm at the desktop.
     
  14. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    Glad to hear that I am not alone. Yes, exactly the same timings here. I wonder if it has to do with the fact that our SSDs are in the optical drive bay.
     
  15. reel2reel macrumors 6502a

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    Can you swap it temporarily into one of the HD bays? You can probably just hang it there if you don't have an adapter, just for testing purposes?
     
  16. reel2reel macrumors 6502a

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    I'd try trashing the system preferences plist (in your Home folder > Library > Preferences). Just make sure you don't have System Pref's open, trash the com.apple.systempreferences.plist file and then open System Pref's and re-set the SSD as your startup disk.

    I don't think there's a specific plist file for startup disk.
     
  17. serrada macrumors newbie

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    Do you mean that you walked through setting it again or that you set it when you installed? If the latter, you should try selecting it and reboot.
     
  18. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    It's really strange the time between pressing the button and the screen coming on.

    It's < 5 sec on my MBP yet it can vary between 10 and 30 seconds on my Mac Pro.

    What on earth is it doing!?

    My MacBook Pro boots from cold to desktop from a HD quicker than my MP does from a SSD! (SSD boot from first grey screen takes ~ 10-15 seconds).
     
  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Mine does the same thing. I've been living with it for ages. If you find a solution, please update.
     
  20. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    selected it again and rebooted. No difference
     
  21. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    trashed preferences, no difference
     
  22. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    It's normal to be honest.

    It's something to do with the EFI boot sequence. :confused:
     
  23. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    My previous Mac didn't do it. It was Mac 1,1
     
  24. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    But I've used 5 Mac Pro 4,1s and they also all do it.

    Not like it's a great issue is it? :p
     
  25. tarsierspectral thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, but I wanted to show off ;) and when I called my husband over to see how fast it starts up using SSD all I got from him was: "why is it taking so long to show the screen?"
    It's not really a problem :eek:
     

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