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6138 Views 29 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2009 12:44 AM by Juhani Lehtiranta RSS
  • Rex Russin Calculating status...
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    Oct 21, 2009 11:09 AM (in response to ***jm***)
    Clean reinstallation (several time) will not help me. This problem is absent under Tiger but reproduces under Leopard & Snow Leopard.
    To see system log:
    1) turn off the Mac
    2) turn on the Mac and note the time of startup
    3) note the time of log in dialog appearing (or your Desktop appearing if you use login less mode)
    4) log in as administrator (any user account with administrative privileges) - step will be skipped if you has auto-login
    5) open Console (located inside Utilities folder in main Applicaitions folder)
    6) in Console: click "Show Log List" at the left part of tool bar
    7) in appeared from the left list click "All messages"
    System log should appears in main Console window.
    8) Find record started approximately from the time you turn on the Mac (see step 2)
    9) Select records from just found to the bottom one (it should be started approximately from the time you see Desktop)
    10) copy those records and paste it to text file (TextEdit or similar app)
    Analyze records and/or paste it here.
    What about removing drivers for broken firewire, it at your own risk: you should be confident you could return it back if Mac OS won't start (means, boots up from other volume if any). It works for me - now start up longs up to 30 seconds, but it not very safe method and i can't suggest you to do the same.
    MSI notebook, Other OS, Fedora Linux 11
  • Rex Russin Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 22, 2009 3:56 AM (in response to Rex Russin)
    Corrections to steps in mine previous post:
    instead of steps 6 and 7 make next:
    - from File menu choose "Open System Log" command (note: you should have administrative privileges to see content).
    MSI notebook, Other OS, Fedora Linux 11
  • Rex Russin Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 27, 2009 7:47 AM (in response to ***jm***)
    Try removing Little Snitch related .plist file (if any) from next locations:
    /Library/LaunchAgents/
    ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
    /System/Library/LaunchAgents/

    p.s. Make backup copy of removed file(s) to get ability put it back if it will be needed in future.
    MSI notebook, Other OS, Fedora Linux 11
  • Rex Russin Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 28, 2009 2:09 AM (in response to ***jm***)
    What about FireWire: i have only one firewire plug and it totally not works (even can't be seen in System Profiler), so i remove all related to IOFireWire kext files (IOFireWireAVC.kext, IOFireWireFamily.kext, IOFireWireIP.kext, IOFireWireSBP2.kext, IOFireWireSerialBusProtocolTransport.kext) from next location: /System/Library/Extensions/

    If you will remove files - be sure you made backup copy of removed files.

    By the way, it looks like you post here console.log but not system log. Check, please once more time. (login to system with administrator privileges and in Console.app perform Open System Log command from FIle menu). There is delay time from 15:34 to 15:42 In your posted log, but no any messages what done at this time (usually, in system log it should be).
    MSI notebook, Other OS, Fedora Linux 11
  • dbsneddon Level 4 Level 4 (1,525 points)
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    Oct 29, 2009 2:44 AM (in response to ***jm***)
    Can you confirm that you have removed any login items from your account?

    From the log... the following seems to be where most of the time is going.

    Oct 29 09:07:19 james-melvins-computer root88: sntp options: a=2 v=1 e=0.100 E=5.000 P=2147483647.000
    Oct 29 09:07:19 james-melvins-computer root88: d=15 c=5 x=0 op=1 l=/var/run/sntp.pid f= time.euro.apple.com
    Oct 29 09:07:19 james-melvins-computer root88: sntp: getaddrinfo(hostname, ntp) failed with nodename nor servname provided, or not known
    Oct 29 09:07:19 james-melvins-computer ntpd_initres89: invalid flags (196608) in file /tmp/ntp3rvbou
    Oct 29 09:07:40 james-melvins-computer configd13: network configuration changed.
    Oct 29 09:07:51: --- last message repeated 1 time ---
    Oct 29 09:07:51 laptop061107 configd13: setting hostname to "laptop061107.aspacenet.local"
    Oct 29 09:11:48 laptop061107 com.apple.kextd10: Warning: /Volumes/Back-up disk/System/Library/Extensions: No such file or directory
    Oct 29 09:15:51 laptop061107 com.apple.notifyd11: EV_DELETE failed for file watcher 17
    Oct 29 09:15:51 laptop061107 com.apple.notifyd11: EV_DELETE failed for file watcher 18
    Oct 29 09:15:51 laptop061107 loginwindow28: Login Window - Returned from Security Agent

    Can you please disable automatic date/time setting for now?
    Do you have or did you ever have another disk called "Back-up disk" on this
    machine? If so, what sort of backup was it? Curious to know why it is trying
    to be accessed.

    Dave
    MacBook 13", Mac OS X (10.6.1), iMac G5 (10.5.8), iBook G3 (10.4.11)
  • dbsneddon Level 4 Level 4 (1,525 points)
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    Oct 29, 2009 3:03 AM (in response to ***jm***)
    What network "location" are you using? Automatic? If so, can you
    try setting up a new location called "Home" and configure it?
    Are you using Active Directory? If so, can you disable it for now?

    Dave
    MacBook 13", Mac OS X (10.6.1), iMac G5 (10.5.8), iBook G3 (10.4.11)
  • dbsneddon Level 4 Level 4 (1,525 points)
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    Oct 29, 2009 3:08 AM (in response to ***jm***)
    Can you also check your fonts with Font Book (in Applications) and make
    sure there are no problems with fonts?

    Dave
    MacBook 13", Mac OS X (10.6.1), iMac G5 (10.5.8), iBook G3 (10.4.11)
  • Axel Luttgens Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
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    Oct 29, 2009 4:38 AM (in response to ***jm***)
    The really noticeable delay appeared with:

    Oct 29 09:11:48 laptop061107 com.apple.kextd10: Warning: /Volumes/Back-up disk/System/Library/Extensions: No such file or directory

    as if your box were trying to load extensions from a non standard location.

    What's the contents of your /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.kextd.plist file?
    On the other hand, what's the output of:
        ls -al /Volumes
        ls -al /Library/LaunchDaemons
        ls -al /Library/LaunchAgents
        ls -al /Library/StartupItems
        ls -al ~/Library/LaunchAgents
  • Rex Russin Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 30, 2009 2:39 AM (in response to ***jm***)
    IMO, delay may starts also from next messages:
    Oct 29 09:07:40 james-melvins-computer configd13: network configuration changed.
    Oct 29 09:07:51: --- last message repeated 1 time ---
    Oct 29 09:07:51 laptop061107 configd13: setting hostname to "laptop061107.aspacenet.local"

    1. So, you should to check your network configuration.
    Do you use LDAPv3? If yes, disable it for test time. Also may remove any LDAPv3 related Search Policy.
    All these may be configured in Directory Utility launched from next location /System/Library/CoreServices/
    2. And, of course, just for test turn off "Set date and time automatically" in System Preferences > Date & Time pane > Date & Time tab.
    4. Turn off Time Machine in System Preferences (and observe what disk is chosen as Backup)
    5. Besides, try to reboot your Mac with unplugged ethernet/firewire cable and/or turend off AirPort
    (depends which device do you use for network connections).
    MSI notebook, Other OS, Fedora Linux 11
  • Juhani Lehtiranta Calculating status...
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    Dec 3, 2009 12:44 AM (in response to Rex Russin)
    Rex Russin wrote:
    What about FireWire: i have only one firewire plug and it totally not works (even can't be seen in System Profiler), so i remove all related to IOFireWire kext files (IOFireWireAVC.kext, IOFireWireFamily.kext, IOFireWireIP.kext, IOFireWireSBP2.kext, IOFireWireSerialBusProtocolTransport.kext) from next location: /System/Library/Extensions/

    If you will remove files - be sure you made backup copy of removed files.


    I got the very same super slow startup times. And this FW cure helped also me.

    I had two G4 PowerMac Sawtooths running and I to put a FireWire cable to first Sawtooth (@1.6 GHz) and when connecting the cable to another (@400 MHz) there became a smell of burning components. I take the FW cable away and both G4 machines seemed to work OK. But after that the faster G4 PowerMac took about five minutes to boot into OS 10.5.8. I have still 10.4.11 on the other hard drive and booting to Tiger was as fast as before. Also the other G4 Sawtooth machine with 10.4.11. works perfectly. The 1.6 Ghz Sawtooth did no go to sleep at all after this accident.

    I tried all usual tricks to make it boot normally (in much less than a minute): repaired permissions, checked discs, run normal Onyx routines with no help, then reinstalled OS 10.5 + combo updates but nothing helped. Luckily I found this discussion and Rex Russin's advice to take off Firewire kexts.

    I backed up these five FW kexts and then took away. It helped. Now this G4 Sawtooths starts up normally and the machine sleeps and wakes up again nicely.

    Thank you Rex! As a matter of fact I have practically no need for FireWire. It was just my idea to take old system settings from one machine to another by starting the faster Sawtooth on FireWire mode but stupidly connecting the FW cable when both machines were still running.

    Luckily I don't need normally FW ports at all. I can use other Power Macs or put an extra FireWire PCI card to this Sawtooth.

    One curious thing is that, that only Leopard (and Snow Leopard) gets slow startup, but Tiger leaps as fast before.
    PowerMac G4 Sawtooth @1.6 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
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