Why is my 2014 MBA 13" boot-up time so slow

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by maxspiderx, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. maxspiderx macrumors newbie

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    With "reopen windows" unchecked, my 2-week old Air's boot time from chime to login is between 13-14 seconds which is comparable to the 2012's speed. Watching some of the Youtube videos I found people's 2013 Air booting in under 10 seconds.

    I have nothing set to auto open on startup. Is my time normal or is there anything I can do to improve that time?
     
  2. jadAce macrumors regular

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    There are a few things you can do to improve boot times:

    1) Just avoid them by putting your MBA to sleep (rather than shutting it down completely). Sleep to wake is instant on!
    2) Even though you haven't manually set anything to auto-open on startup, check System Preferences –> System –> Users & Groups -> Login Items and uncheck anything that's there (unless you need it).
    3) Reset the PRAM

    I use a 2013 Air, and get ~10-11 seconds of time between the chime and login. It shouldn't be too abnormal to go up to 13-14 seconds, but if doing everything above doesn't solve the problem and you would prefer to be on the safe side, definitely get in touch with Apple (because your Mac is new, you can just chat with them on AppleCare or give them a call, and they will be happy to help you without any cost).
     
  3. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Huh?

    I've never understood a) why boot up times are something people worry about (unless it's a few minutes long, like the old days) and b) why everyone seems to turn off the computers, especially laptops, so often.

    Why not just put it to sleep?

    And what on earth is the issue with a 13 versus 10 second startup time?
     
  4. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    It is kind of funny... I clicked on the thread expecting "it's taking several minutes to boot up"... never heard of anyone concerned that it was taking 13 seconds instead of 10 seconds. ;)
     
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    jadAce macrumors regular

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    Exactly. I mean, at most, maybe you shut it down every night or two, but throughout the day, sleep/wake should be the main thing you use. The MacBooks should be treated like iPhones (only turn off completely if you're having issues); otherwise, it just takes too much time.

    Edit: And yeah, 13 vs 10 seconds . . . :)
     
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    People are usually overly concerned about their new Macs when they first get them and want everything to be "perfect". You get over this phase after a few months
     
  8. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    Somewhat true with certain people... and I want to be clear that there's nothing wrong with being curious about boot times and what affects it.

    However, what made it a chuckler was the title: "why is my boot-up time so slow?" in the context of literally a few seconds.
     
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    Very wise words. Hope they took the few seconds to read them!
     
  10. PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816

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    This. Before I got an SSD for the MacBook Pro in my sig, the boot time was a HORRID 3.5 minutes. Now with an SSD I can boot in 16 seconds flat. Just saying, if you think that your Air is slow, go use a MacBook with an HDD for two weeks. After that, you will truly appreciate the SSD booting speeds of your Air. Don't worry about a 3 second longer boot time.
     
  11. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    Three whole seconds!

    Take it back for a refund. ;)
     
  12. Meister Suspended

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    i second this! Of to the :apple:store you go and don't forget to ask for a rmbp as a replacement - for your troubles :D
     
  13. jadAce macrumors regular

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    Woah, did we just go full meta? We just went full meta. :apple: :cool: :apple:
     
  14. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    I never understood why folks spend any time chasing a few seconds.

    Maybe they reboot like 100x a day? :roll eyes:

    Folks chasing the Joneses should know... there are many things going on with your computer, any1 of those, configured a certain way, to your liking, convenience I suppose, will lengthen the boot time a bit. 5 minutes, OK find out what's the deal for curiosity.
     
  15. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

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    Same here...LOL
     
  16. iizmoo macrumors 6502

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    <---- 6 seconds, I counted. Just saying... :D
     
  17. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    :confused:

    Your MBA boots from cold start (push of the power button) to login screen in 6 seconds?
     
  18. dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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    This is a serious issue, you should contact apple because your machine is clearly defective. You should ask for an exchange, this is a clear sign of a defective logic board. There are many threads about this issue.
     
  19. iizmoo macrumors 6502

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    That was a restart, just did a cold boot, but yep, 6 seconds. Then another 4-6 seconds between the login screen and the desktop showing. :D I have FileVault on for the drive.

    Booting up Apple stuffs has never been a problem, I've usually found the shutdown to be much much slower...
     
  20. ixxx69 macrumors 6502a

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    So, you're boot up time is more like 10-12 seconds. ;)
     
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