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Intel iMac 24": Extremely slow startup (5min)

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simima Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Feb 21, 2008 12:35 PM
Hi all

I don't know how, but suddenly my iMac takes 5 minutes and more to start. First, there's about 2min the spinning wheel (grey screen), and then about 3 to 4min the blue screen, before the login screen appears.

I haven't installed anything in between, it came suddenly.
Tried all maintenance routine (OnyX), System cache empty, PRAM reset, ... nothing helped.

Any idea anybody?

Thanks

-Simon
Intel iMac 24" 2.8GHz 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Monty1945 Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
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    Feb 21, 2008 1:43 PM (in response to simima)
    Greetings,

    I suppose you went to Disk Utility and ran a repair on the volume. You might boot from your installation disk, or the retail leopard installation disk, and run a disk repair and another permissions repair from it's Disk Utility.

    I you look in System Preferences > Accounts > Login Items, and see what's in there. I keep mine clear and startup programs and processes when I want to do so.

    Sometimes starting in "Safe" mode, and then restart normally, will help.

    Good Luck - Cheers,
    M.
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  • pardthemonster Level 4 Level 4 (1,140 points)
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    Feb 21, 2008 1:56 PM (in response to simima)
    Hold the shift key down when you restart. Here is an article from Apple regarding safe mode: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107393

    Is your iPod connected? This slows down my computer when I restart.
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  • Monty1945 Level 3 Level 3 (690 points)
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    Feb 21, 2008 2:54 PM (in response to simima)
    Greetings,

    Sometimes an external hard drive will cause this, or EYETV or that sort of thing - none of that I suppose? Try unplugging everything but the factory mouse and keyboard.

    Cheers,
    M.
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    20" iMac 2.33, BlackBook 2.0, WhiteBook 2.16Mac, Mini, Mac Pro Quad, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 17" iMac PPC, 17" iMac Intel, Powerbook 12" 867, G-4 Tower, iMac Flat Panel, mor
  • lethal Calculating status...
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    Feb 22, 2008 4:29 AM (in response to simima)
    If you are asking about user-specific start-up items - these are set in system preferences under Accounts.

    Once you authorize and select a user - can see two tabs - Password and Login items.

    Other startup items are initiated by "launchd" process. You can manage these via the terminal (if you are careful, confident and/or want to do detailed config) or through each apps configuration.
    Macbook Pro 2.4Ghz IC2D, 4GB Ram, 500GB MyBook FW Drive, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Mini IC2D, 2GB RAM (10.5.2), iMac 20" IC2D, 2GB RAM (10.5.2), MacBook (10.4.11)
  • lethal Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
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    Feb 23, 2008 2:08 PM (in response to simima)
    Under 2004 it was simply called "Microsoft Autoupdate" and lived in the applications folder. Not on a Mac with Office 2008 right now.

    I can't see that they would have needed to move it. But with M$, who knows.

    If you can't see it there, try searching for autoupdate in finder or spotlight.

    The files are not moved when added to the login set - merely referenced. That is to say - you pick them and they are auto-started from their original location.

    Message was edited by: lethal
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  • dianeoforegon Level 2 Level 2 (380 points)
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    Feb 23, 2008 6:02 PM (in response to simima)
    You can download the Office 2004 Autoupdater here: http://www.entourage.mvps.org/downloads/Microsoft%20AutoUpdate.zip

    When you open it and select your options, it will put the AU daemon in startup items.

    In Office 2008, the have moved the application. It is now located in one of the packages. I found it one time, but right now can't locate the correct package file.
    G4, Mac OS X (10.4.9), G4 Dual 1.42 GHZ, Memory 2GB, Mac OS X 10.5.2

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