What's your boot-up time?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Disciples77, May 24, 2007.

  1. Disciples77 macrumors newbie

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    It takes about 35-40 seconds for my MBP to fully boot up. The laptop is taking longer ever since I installed EyeTV and Pro Tools.

    Note:
    CS3, EyeTV, Office 2004, Logitech Control Center, and Pro Tools LE 7.3 installed
    EyeTV Hybrid, FW Lacie CD/DVD writer, USB Hub and USB HD attached

    Just recently installed a Seagate Momentus 7200.2 120 GB drive. Also, all Login Items are now removed except EyeTV Helper and the Logitech LCCDaemon.


    What's your boot up time? Just wondering... I think mine is too slow...
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You know, you'll never get that 35 seconds back. Have you checked the StartupItems folder in your system's library? :)
     
  3. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    My iBook and my MP are probably on a level setting in terms of bootup time right now. Something like 1-2 minutes maybe? I've got so much crap™ on my Mac Pro. After my exams are over I'm planning on doing a reinstall and clear up of my whole system.

    I don't turn my macs off very much though. I've always considered Apples as machines that like to sleep. While sleep mode and hybernate mode was always a bit temperamental in Windows, it just seems to work perfectly with Macs. I hardly ever turn mine off, I just sleep and restart occasionally.
     
  4. Disciples77 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here's what is in my Library>StartupItems folder:

    Digidesign Mbox 2

    -CheckKextForOs
    -Digidesign Mbox 2
    -getCurrentUser
    -isJaguar
    -Mbox2CS
    -StartupParameters.plist

    DigidesignLoader

    -DigidesignLoader
    -Resources *folder
    -StartupParameters.plist

    PACESupport

    -PACESupport
    -Resources *folder
    -StartupParameters.plist

    Can I delete these and still have a functional Mbox 2? I really want to shave off a good 10 seconds if possible. More of a WANT than need...:D
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Just use sleep instead of shut down, mate. It's safer than deleting random files and it'll ensure your system's maintenance tasks are correctly run. :)
     
  6. Disciples77 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ^Thanks...

    I normally don't shutdown. It's just that recently I reinstalled applications and noticed the slow boot time.

    Other suggestions are welcomed though... besides the usually Login Items, repair/verify permissions, startupitem folders, etc...
     
  7. lu0s3r322 macrumors 6502a

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    i timed myself before i got my RAM upgrade and i got an amazing 20 seconds!

    now that i added another gig its slower but only by about 10 seconds, i think it's getting faster....
     
  8. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    About 45 seconds.

    Doing a "Restart" from within the Mac OS, starting to count when the screen goes dark, stopping counting when my startup apps were finished starting and my networked drives reappeared on the desktop, I get 45 seconds.

    Gray Apple on white is about 5 seconds, spinner with gray Apple on white is about 16 seconds.

    edit: If I remove my startup items, and hold down Option on boot, then only count the time from clicking on my boot drive to seeing all my status icons appear, it's only 24 seconds. 18 of which is still 'gray apple on white', with and without the spinner.
     
  9. The Tuck macrumors 6502

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    Why would adding RAM make the startup time slower? Shouldn't it make it faster if anything?
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    As far as I know, RAM shouldn't greatly affect startup time. However, additional RAM can't really speed up boot times since nothing will have been written to it yet. Extra RAM gives the OS the opportunity to write more to the RAM which may potentially increase startup times but will eventually lead to faster usability once booted. I can't imagine this would be a terribly large factor in overall boot times though...

    In addition, an extra stick of RAM gives the OS one more thing to initialise at startup. Once again, I can't imagine the effects would be al the considerable though...
     
  11. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Going from something like 512MB to 1GB would obviously increase bootup time because of all of the crap™ that OS X has to sort through during bootup. However, on a system that isn't full of loads of stuff, I believe going from 1GB to 2GB could actually take longer to boot.

    The reason being that since time began computers (at least x86 machines) have done a memory test on boot. Remember that counter that counted through the memory on old PCs in the days before they covered that stuff with ugly splash screens? Well adding more memory means more to check through. Although I think computers are usually set to do quick tests rather than slow tests, they do usually still check it all.

    If Apple Intel machines do the same on some level (which I expect they do) then they too would boot up slower with more memory. The extra time would come before OS X starts to load, i.e. before the chime or before the Apple logo comes up.
     
  12. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    I only reboot between updates, and naturally they're slow because lots of stuff is being done.
     
  13. kuebby macrumors 68000

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    I have a question. I have a MB and I shut it off every night because the white sleep light bothers me when I'm trying to sleep. Is there any way to turn it off?
     
  14. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    A piece of tape? Although to be honest, something like Blu-tac would probably do the job best. I already have to hide my iBook's sleeping light from the girlfriend, she hates it! Luckily the light on the Mac Pro is teeny tiny and barely noticeable. She turns hers off every night.... maybe that's why her battery life is so much better than mine... hmmm...
     
  15. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I'm agreeing with you, although I doubt the differences would be all that noticeable in the real world.
     
  16. aussie.damo macrumors regular

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    That is quite a bit slower than mine. My MBP C2D 2.33 takes 18 seconds to boot. I time it from the startup sound until the dock appears. Of course, my machine is very vanilla, I don't have any extra startup applications or login items and have no external peripherals.

    What amazes me is that my MBP took exactly the same amount of time from when I bought it (7 months ago) until now. No degradation! Coming from a Windows background, I find this very impressive!

    Damo
     
  17. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    always sleep mine, only reboot as stated below...

    ... or if it won't be used for more than 2 days i'll turn it off.

    the difference between my iMac and Macbook though is huge.
     

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