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    start up time
    mines about 40 seconds iv had it for about a month but it has always been this long , is it average?? but im sure before i bought one i read somewhere it started up in 15 seconds or am i being a stupid ? cheers

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    You should feel lucky. The time for my iBook is about 5-10 minutes. I'd kill for 40 seconds!!!
    No iMac.

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    40 seconds is very good, even for the Intel machines. It will slow down as your hard-drive fills up, though. So keep your drives clean frequently.
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    Five to 10 minutes? Something's wrong, obviously. I have a dual 1 GHz G4, and I just timed it from off to usable. With a couple of doodad startup items, it took a shade over 44 seconds. Not a portable, but I'm trying to defend the honour of G4s everywhere.

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    I clocked it at 30 seconds when I first got the MacBook w/ 1 GB ram. Now it's 25 seconds with 2 GB ram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brown Study View Post
    Five to 10 minutes? Something's wrong, obviously. I have a dual 1 GHz G4, and I just timed it from off to usable. With a couple of doodad startup items, it took a shade over 44 seconds. Not a portable, but I'm trying to defend the honour of G4s everywhere.
    Yes, MINUTES. From the time I push the button, it takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes to stop "thinking" when it reaches the desktop. The grayish Apple screen with the circle spinner thing stays up for about 3 minutes, then another 3 or more on the "Loading Mac OS X" screen. Then about 2 for it to stop clicking on the desktop. We start the process of clicking and "thinking" all over again when I launch my Apps. I just click Safari, iChat, iTunes, and Mail all at the same time so I can just get it over with.
    No iMac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UserofMacOSX View Post
    You should feel lucky. The time for my iBook is about 5-10 minutes. I'd kill for 40 seconds!!!
    When was the last time you let the maintenance scripts run?
    When was the last time you cleared out system caches?
    What do you have in your startup items?
    How many items do you have on your Desktop at any given time?
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    My startups were slowing down, but then I ran Onyx and it cleared the problem right up. Our very own Pulse-8 has created the easiest to follow guide on how to use the program, and those instructions can be found here. Don't worry, Pulse may have offended the unit as a whole, but he still made the easiest to follow instructions I've ever read. I'm just kidding about offending us, Pulse.
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    D3v1L80Y:
    1. I don't know what that is, but I have used MainMenu and OnyX
    2. 5 days ago, with MainMenu. I don't like to do that because I have to re-login to everything,
    3. None
    4. I have Macintosh HD and that is it.

    Here is a picture of my desktop at any given time:





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    I ran OnyX and let it do everything it could. Nothing has seemed to help.



    Thank you both!!!
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    That does seem just a touch slow....mine is 20 seconds until I can start opening and using programs.
    In a windows machine there are lots of programs which have secretly put scrpits that run when you boot up. My windows laptop, which is not as modern as my MBP, takes about 2 minutes to load.
    You are running a bare bones basic system by the look of things. I would be inclined to take it to shop you bought it from and have them take a quick peek.
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    If it's really a problem, you can reinstall OS X. But that should only be done under EXTREME circumstances, or so I've heard. I've never done a reinstall.
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    mine is fast i will time later but when my hard drive had only like 5gb left it was very slow my mac is a macbook 2ghz and 2gb and now i have the 100gb hard drive it flys

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    Quote Originally Posted by UserofMacOSX View Post
    Yes, MINUTES. From the time I push the button, it takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes to stop "thinking" when it reaches the desktop. The grayish Apple screen with the circle spinner thing stays up for about 3 minutes, then another 3 or more on the "Loading Mac OS X" screen. Then about 2 for it to stop clicking on the desktop. We start the process of clicking and "thinking" all over again when I launch my Apps. I just click Safari, iChat, iTunes, and Mail all at the same time so I can just get it over with.
    What do you mean by clicking? Is it an actual noise your computer is making or something else?

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    You know, like the "thinking" sound that any computer makes when opening an application or doing something "strenuous." That is the best way I know of to describe the sound. If it helps, it is coming from the left side of the computer, right under my palm.
    No iMac.

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    Sort of like a light grinding noise? Or is it a sharper clicking noise, like a fast tapping?

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