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WHY? It's every time too. It is stuck in a bonjouring state with a loading bar.

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Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
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More info please.
a) what model of Mac?
b) what OS version?

By "stuck in a bonjouring state" do you mean the second splash screen with the progress bar part-way across the bottom? If yes, then the OS has encountered some problem, maybe corrupted, files. Either that, or you have a hard disk or boot sector problem. 20 minutes is an awfully long time.

Boot your Mac from Install disk 1 (hold the C key on startup), open Disk Utility > First Aid > Verify Disk - and then repair if necessary.

Reboot with the Install disk again, and from Disk Utility, Repair permissions. In fact, I'd recommend using OnyX Titanium Software to do OS maintenance regularly. I think it does a better job than the MacOS utility.

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Yeah, this is most likely a harddrive problem. Run "Verify Disk" as instructed and let us know if it finds any errors.
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