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Harpo Marx Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

After i have updated to Lion the startup takes significantly more time. On my one-week-old iMac 2.5 Quad Core i5 between 30 and 40 secs while it used to startup in about 15 to 20 secs with 10.6.x


I've doublechecked with the local Apple Store: 30 to 40 secs there too. So this is not a single desk issue.


This is somewhat frustrating as I recently changed from a MacBook Pro to an iMac for better startup performance. Too soon this gain has been gone! If i had known that Lion would startup significantly slower i might have not updated.


I wonder if anyone has played with the installation yet. Does it increase startup speed significantly to dump the system - format the hard drive - install 10.6.x - update to 10.7 - and ### this for the difference ### last but not least reinstall applications and restore my content with Time Machine?


Thank you.

  • brandonmm Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    same issue for me. slower startup and even the shutdown is slower compared to snow leopard. i've already done the pram reset, repair disk and verify disk.

  • Mr. Louis Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Some users have reported that Spotlight indexing (which some users say can take several hours) was the culprit and saw speed increases once it was done.  Maybe thats whats happening here.

  • hoangfromsanta ana Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i got the same issue also! i got macbook pro core i7 2GHz. after i updated the lion OS X, my mac is pretty slow. i just makes the appoint at retail store see what's going on with it! maybe i'll ask them to reinstall the lion again

  • bnpbhargav Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am also facing the same problem of long startup time, in my MacBook Air, 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo, didn't expected this, instade lion should take less time.

  • hoangfromsanta ana Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    yeah i thought after i updated the lion. my mac will faster, but unfortunately that my mac is getting slower. ill stopping by retail store and ask whats going on?

  • Harpo Marx Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Is there anybody out there who has installed Lion immediately after installing Snow Leopard (without migrating user specific content)?


    Would be interesting to learn about the performance.


    Thank you.

  • Sairoong Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    I had the some problem with my Macbook Air + time boot problem after upgrade etc... see my article under "slow boot after upgrading".

  • sgobin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After a long list of upgrades I just made a clean install of Lion and I have the same problem here. I tryed to uncheck reopen windows but it didn't work.


    I think it is spending a lot of time at the gray apple screen.

  • anuarfromsingapore Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The slow in Lion startup is due to software bug.I have disable the user name and pasword temporarily.Go to system preferences,under login options.At comunm Automatic Login,select your name.DO NOT select OFF.Your MBP will startup immediately without prompting password.So far,mine works fine.Apple software engineer need to rectify this bug.

  • Brunno PT Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I thought I'd share my experiments in this thread.


    So, after upgrading from SL to Lion, it became very slow to startup and even slower to shutdown. Reading around the forums I learnt that some older applications, not compatible with Lion, were causing the shut down issues. I cleaned up a bunch of apps (using AppCleaner) and isolated the issue: HP IO Trap Monitor. This is what's causing the shutdown stalls on my system. And if I force this process to be terminated the computer shutsdown almost instantly.


    You can find what causes yours to stall on shutdown by opening Finder and looking for MacintoshHD/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports. Inside this folder you'll find several files, some of them named with DATE.ShutdownSTALL

    Just sort it out by date and check which one is the most recent and start cleaning up.

    I ended up having to remove the HP files from the Library/StartupItems folder. I didn't erased them, I simply moved these files onto my HP Applications folder. I might need them in case I need to print something (not sure though)


    Abou the longer startup time, I finally had the courage to do a clean install.

    So, by parts:


    Right after I installed Lion, my startup time grew longer. After the cleanup I mentioned above, it became better, stil between 50-60 seconds since the boot chime to the login screen.


    With the clean install it came down to 30 seconds. And by clean install I mean creating a bootable Lion USB drive (there's many tutorials on how to do it) booting MB Pro from the USB drive, using the disk utility to erase the MacintoshHD partition and do a fresh install of Lion. NOTE: I did this twice because at first I didn't use the disk utility to erase the partition and it simply installed it over the current install.


    Result: 30 second startup from the chime to login screen.


    Then I used the migration assistant and imported all my Applications from my Time Machine backup. Restarted the computer and startup was still 30 seconds. Was unable to import my user account (and all its files, folders and settings) because the one account I was doing it from had the same name and Lion said I can't replace the one that is already open and told me to create a new one and do it from there.


    I created a new user account, and from the new user account I imported all my documents, settings and Home folders (300GB+), thus replacing the user account by my old one.


    My startup time went back up to 50-60 seconds.


    It seems that this longer startup time is either a consequence of less hard drive space (162GB free at the time) or some problem contained within my personal files and/or extra folders added to my home directory, as the startup time was not changed by the applications I had previously imported.


    What are your thoughts on this? How big are your Home directories? How much free hard drive space do you have?



    And just a detail, the longer startup times have NOTHING to do with the resuming of the applications from the previous session. This only makes it "slower" AFTER you enter your password and login, as you have to wait for everything to start again.

  • Brunno PT Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)



    I just noticed you asked about a clean install of Lion. I described my experiments and its results in this thread


    Re: Slower startup with Lion

  • Harpo Marx Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Finally i performed a clean install as well. However I noticed it's more about the philosophy than performance. The iMac here in front of me (now a clean Lion install) starts-up in exactly 30 seconds. Starting-up took the earlier Snow-Leopard-to-Lion-update precisely the same 30 seconds. While on Snow-Leopard the same iMac was starting-up in about 15 to 20 secs. We are talking up to 100% slower starting-up.

    This is quite sad. Hopefully a future Snow-Lion will kick in faster!

  • BobbyNsatx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was having the same problem.  I went into Disk Utility and performed at Repair Permissions and afterwards, my MBP boot significantly faster.

  • Harpo Marx Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Hey Bobby, can you share with us what this means in terms of seconds before / after? Thank you.


    I have done Repair Permissions though it's not quite necessary after a fresh, clean install. No boost for my iMac i5.

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