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Upgrade to snow leopard. It's only 30$ and the startup time is just over a minute. By the way, windows averages about 4-6 minutes on a fast bootup.
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Hi Everyone,

....I purchased a Macbook Pro 17" 2 weeks ago and was not happy with the 1:20 boot times I was getting from the 4gb RAM and 500gb 7200rpm hd, so I upgraded to 8Gigs of RAM (Mushkin PerfectMatch 8GB), and installed a 256GB Crucial M225 2.5" Serial-ATA Solid-State Drive. I expected to see a marked improvement, but my Mac boot time is still panifully slow at 1:06 secs.
Adding RAM won't help your boot time. In fact, the more RAM you have, the slower your boot time will be. This is because the RAM has to be checked at each startup.
Again, (and I'm starting to sound like a broken record here) RAM doesn't speed up anything. Period.

What will help is a faster HD and trimming out things from your startup folder.
Your new HD is faster so your boot time decreased. The RAM had nothing to do with it.

However, there really isn't any reason to shut down the computer in the first place.
Just put it to sleep when you're not using it.
Then you won't have to worry about boot times.

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