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i have a macbook pro 2011 with 4GB RAM, 320 GB hard disk, mountain liion installed. for the past 2 weeks, it is taking nearly 10 mts to boot.

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It is taking nearly 10 mts for moutain lion to boot. I have used Mactune up utility to check disk status and there are no problems with the disk. Double checked with SMART utility and it reported no issues with the disk. Out of 320GB disk, 220 gb is free space in the disk


Ran  anti virus to check for any virus relalted issues and found none. I have also checked programs which are part of login in User and Groups. I found only iTunes helper and unchecked the same. Post this operation, i had shutdown my pc and then re-started and am still experiencing 10 mts window for start up. I am not seeing errors in the macbook pro. can someone advise what needs to be done. do i need to reinstall mountain lion. if yes, can someone advise me how to reinstall mountain lion without erasing disk.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)

    vijay --


    MacTune and whatever AV software you have installed there, are slowing you down big time.  I really hope your AV isn't Norton. Which is it, please?   Are you a former Windoz user? 

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)

    vijay --


    I had Norton AV on an old Mac, and when I finally uninstalled it, boot up time went from 7+ minutes to 1-2 mins. In addition, what Extensions or other internet apps/plugins do you have one there. 


    Restart your Mac after the installations.  I'm hoping you'll find a large difference.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)

    Yes, vijay.  Thanks for the corrections.  It's a little late here, LOL.


    Let us know how it goes, OK?  Hopefully, it's an easy fix, but if not, there are other tips up our sleeve.

    All the best.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)

    vijay -- you said that this started two weeks ago.  Please tell us what changes or additions you made to your system just prior to two weeks ago? 


    Check your console messages recorded during the exact startup time.  Do you see anything repeating over and over?

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)

    Open Launchpad -- Look for Console. Open it up.

    On the left hand column, selet System Log Queries -- All messages.

  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)

    What devices do you have hooking up to this Mac?

    External HD? Scanner, Printer, etc?


    I'd like to know what happened between these two times:


    03/01/13 6:43:35.000 PM bootlog[0]: BOOT_TIME 1357218815 0

    03/01/13 6:53:54.000 PM kernel[0]: PMAP: PCID enabled

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,350 points)

    To reinstall, just boot into the Recovery HD (Cmd-r on restart), the click Reinstall Mountain Lion. It will not erase your disk, but a backup is recommended, regardless.


    I can't tell if you uninstalled Mac Tune Up. Anything purporting to clean up, tune up, or provide any maintenance of you Mac will cause more problems than it can hope to fix. It is possible that it "tuned up" your Mac right into taking 10 minutes to boot. In that case, reinstalling will likely be required.


    Another small, unrelated thing I noticed you said.

    Unchecking the box in Login Items does not disable the login item. It merely sets it to hide or not when it starts. Most hide anyway. You have to select the item and click the - button to remove an item.


    The iTunesHelper wouldn't cause the issue, nor would anything else in your login items as they only start when you login, not when the Mac boots up.

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