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Removed Superdrive. Slow booting.

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ku1ku Calculating status...
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Oct 31, 2012 4:16 PM

Hi everybody,

 

 

Recently I removed SuperDrive from my Macbook 2009 Unibody (it jammed the DVD inside and stopped responding completely).

Poor Superdrive is now on permanent vacation in a landfill.

 

Anyway.

I run both 10.8 and Bootcamp XP. With Mountain Lion everything seems right.

 

But if booting XP, the initial EFI grey screen hangs for exactly 2:30-2:40 minutes. Then continues to boot normally.

 

Something is wrong with it. It feels like it's desperetely trying to enumerate the a gone Superdrive.

I tried resetting SMC and other tricks without any luck.

 

Any ideas how to fix it?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • AppleSupport2012 Calculating status...
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    Oct 31, 2012 4:19 PM (in response to ku1ku)

    XP is looking for the 'superdrive' for bootup purposes, you must either find a way to negate it's search for the superdrive in windows setting or buy a new superdrive and install it. Thats all i can suggest for you sorry Hope this helped.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 4:25 PM (in response to AppleSupport2012)

    AppleSupport2012 wrote:

     

    XP is looking for the 'superdrive' for bootup purposes, you must either find a way to negate it's search for the superdrive in windows setting or buy a new superdrive and install it. Thats all i can suggest for you sorry Hope this helped.

    XP should not be looking for any drive that is not physically installed in the system. Actually XP shouldn't even be running under Mountain Lion. It must of been a carry over from Snow Leopard or even installed on the system when it had Leopard installed.

     

    Get a virtual machine software program and Migrate that install of XP into a Virtual Machine. Then you can get rid of Boot Camp and run both OS X and Windows at the same time.

  • AppleSupport2012 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 4:35 PM (in response to Shootist007)

    True, however that is clearly what it is doing. It may be additional code left over from a previous install that did allow XP. But i agree, use migrate or even Parallells to use an alternate OS.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Oct 31, 2012 5:55 PM (in response to ku1ku)

    Suit yourself. You are the one asking the question.

  • silvergc Level 3 Level 3 (750 points)
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    Nov 2, 2012 2:18 PM (in response to ku1ku)

    in XP go into device manager and see if there is an entry for the optical drive.  If there is make sure it is disabled.  You should also check startup processes to make sure something isn't trying to access the non-existant drive.  use msconfig from the start --> cmd prompt.

  • temakaz Calculating status...
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    Dec 22, 2012 7:55 AM (in response to ku1ku)

    Same problem. Need to use Windows now and this 2 minutes delay really confusing. I have SSD and expect fast booting Don't want to place superdrive back. Is there a solution?

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