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Snow Leopard very slow to boot

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Jan 8, 2014 8:47 AM

I have an older Macbook with a 2.16Ghz Intel core duo processor 2Gb 667 DDR2 SDRAM and a 120Gb HD (111 Gb free)


I have just installed Snow Leopard over Tiger from DVD.  After the install the boot-up time was 15mins!  After backing everything up I repartioned the drive and did a clean install, the boot-up time is now 10mins!


Once up and running the computer is fine, everything work as expected, although I have not yet installed any other software so it is currently "factory fresh".


I've checked the HD (as best I can) and can find no errors, it runs quietly without abnormal vibration etc. and disk utility reports it as fine.


Can anyone sugest what the problem is?  10 minutes to boot up cannot be normal, my old 1986 Amstrad, booting from a floppy drive, only took a minute to boot so I'm sure that Apple could beat that.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • madrich Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    Jan 8, 2014 9:09 AM (in response to Andrew Turnham)

    Did you install the Combo Update and have repaired Permissions?

  • madrich Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    Jan 8, 2014 1:41 PM (in response to Andrew Turnham)

    I would run the results from this Apple Expert and post the results here.


  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,525 points)
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    Jan 8, 2014 4:03 PM (in response to Andrew Turnham)

    It is unlikely that Apple would put the Combo update version in Software update. You have always had to go looking for it.


    I suggest you first go to the Apple Logo > About this Mac and tell us what version of Snow Leopard is installed and how much RAM (memory) you have.


    IF ...  you have 10.6.0 to 10.6.3 then you have the basic Snow Leopard.  That would need updating using the 10.6.8 Combo updater followed by Software Update as many as show (probably 4 or 5 to include security and iTunes updates).

    At this point you will also have the App Store.


    This is a big update and could take half an hour or more, time that has no connection with the current slowness you are experiencing.


    OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1


    Then, providing you have more than 1GB of RAM you should see an improvement. but in reality, you could do with 4GB.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,525 points)
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    Jan 8, 2014 4:31 PM (in response to Andrew Turnham)

    Yes.  I thought that 10.6.3 may be the case.   I don't want to encourage you into something that troubles you but if you want Snow leopard I would buy 2GB more of Ram, reinstall your Snow Leopard (10.6.3) then follow my guidance to update it via the Conbo updater and Software update.   You'll be pleased with the outcome.

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,900 points)
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    Jan 10, 2014 11:26 AM (in response to Andrew Turnham)

    The 2 places I’ve seen recommended most to buy reliable RAM are below. I have purchased RAM several times from Other World Computing and have always been very satisfied with the product and service.




    Other World Computing

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,525 points)
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    Jan 13, 2014 7:58 AM (in response to Andrew Turnham)

    Hi Andrew,


    My thoughts of upgrading your memory are based on my own experience.   I run SL 10.6.8 on a 2007 Mac using 6GB of memory.  One of the key problems when you have minimum memory (I would think of 2GB as minimum) is that some people have a lot going on in the background ... or anti virus facilities that are not needed.

    The latter is a regular feature that causes machines to slow down.


    No-one here can guarantee more memory will work but it is a small investment in terms of getting the best from your machine.   Suggest you review the usage of memory courtesy of the Activity monitor.


    I don't think I can offer more help as I am not acquainted with the foibles of Mac- Books.


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