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User Logins experience a 30-35 second hang

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Udder Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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Nov 5, 2007 2:59 PM
I have a clean install of Leopard running on a 2.33 GHz 24 inch iMac with 3GB of RAM. Overall, everything runs smoothly with the exception of really sluggish user logins. My personal/admin account, a test user and root all see the same behavior.

1. System boots quickly (40 seconds) and then you see the login screen. (Time Machine disabled and no external HD's or iPod connected)
2. I pick any user and enter the passwd
3. You almost instantly see the user's desktop image and dock.
4. Here's the hang, you have to wait about 30-35 seconds where you can hear just a little HD activity.
5. Then you hear a quick blast of HD activity and within a second, you have your Top Menu Bar and Desktop items available.

At this point, all is normal and Leopard works fine.

Any ideas on this one?

Please advise.

Thank you!
PowerBook G4 Ti 867
  • J Moore Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2007 5:10 PM (in response to Udder)
    Did you ever get this resolved? I have the same problem on my Mac Pro with 4g ram. It is driving me nuts.
    MacPro, MacBook Pro, AlumiMac, InteliMac, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • tick629 Calculating status...
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    Nov 5, 2007 6:27 PM (in response to Udder)
    i would back up everything on time machine and then erase the contents of that folder. see what happens. Worst case scenario you restore it from your external hd.
  • William Lloyd Level 6 Level 6 (19,220 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 6:41 PM (in response to Udder)
    Yeah, I'd recommend deleting those items, one by one, and identifying which of them is causing the delay. I'll bet something is making a call that is timing out or failing.

    Is there anything in the Console log? Often you'll get warning or error messages when things are slow like that which should point you in the right direction.
    8-Core Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • J Moore Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Nov 5, 2007 8:53 PM (in response to Udder)
    Just so happens I have a WD Pro ll attached to my MacPro as well. I will look for those files in the morning and boot them right off my hard drive. I post back what I find.
    MacPro, MacBook Pro, inteiMac, AlumiMac, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • J Moore Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Nov 6, 2007 5:08 AM (in response to J Moore)
    In my startup items folder I found..

    HP IO
    HP Trap Monitor

    I removed the WDNotifier file. But instead of having to boot from a clone I control clicked on it and selected show package. Inside there was the WDNotifier with a couple other files and I was able to delete it from the package.

    After a reboot I was able to go back and delete the WDNotifier package. Now my MacPro is back to normal desktop load speed.

    Thanks for your help!!
    MacPro, MacBook Pro, AlumiMac, InteliMac, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • srpiotrowski@rider Calculating status...
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    Nov 6, 2007 1:28 PM (in response to Udder)
    Unlike all of you I only have:

    in my StartupItems folder and I am getting the 30-35 second lag on logins. Any suggestions on which I should investigate first?
    Mac Book, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • fellow Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Nov 24, 2007 7:25 AM (in response to Udder)
    Well done! I just returned my WD MyBookPro for a LaCie Big Disk after deciding to to store backups off-site (and encrypted) with Amazon's S3, rather than use RAID 1. I had also noticed slow logins and two programs that needed removing:

    /Library/StartupItems/WDNotifier and /usr/bin/WDdrv (or close to that, maybe sbin).

    I could not remove either because they were running/open, so I used Lingon to disable WDNofier startup and also booted and logged in with shift key down. Then I could remove WDNotifier but could not find the WDdrv. After removing the former, login times are again fast and neither appear to run.

    Due to my returning the drive, I have no need of these anymore, but I would recommend users of WD drives to consult WD support regarding their function.


  • H4Inf Calculating status...
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    Jan 17, 2008 8:09 AM (in response to Udder)
    Awesome! I also had a WD MyBook and the software installed. I just noticed that every time I booted leopard, it was writing a crash log, and it was for WDBMService (Western Digital).

    My MyBook 1TB drive died anyway.. so definitely removing their crappy software as well!

    Macbook Black, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2008 3:31 PM (in response to Udder)
    Does anyone know if I can delete those HP folders? I don't want HP to load ANYTHING AT ALL on my computer.

    Thanks for helping with the WD problem!

    P.S. I luv my mac!
    Mac OS X (10.5.1)


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