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Slow Startup

by natmu1 / February 2, 2007 9:32 PM PST

I have a new MacBook and yesterday I was installing a few bits of software to try and convert avi's to DVD (including VisualHub, DivX player and ffmpegx) and now it is taking ages for my Mac to startup...

I have a grey screen for about 1 minute, and then the Apple logo appears, and about 10 seconds later the circle appears and goes round, then 30 seconds later my Mac has started up.

Up until I installed these programs my startup time was really quick and the Apple logo would appear straight away.

I have uninstalled these programs, but start up is still slow.

I have tried presing command-S when switching it on and then entered 'fsck -y' (saw this advice on another forum), but that hasn't helped...

I only have 3 login items and none in the startup folder in Library.

Please can you helo me, as I am new to Macs and have no idea what to do!

Thanks in advance

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Just wanted to add...
by natmu1 / February 2, 2007 9:54 PM PST
In reply to: Slow Startup

that I have tried creating another account, and it is just as slow to startup in that account as it is in my main account.

Really, really need help!

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If it is new
by shahrokhan / February 2, 2007 10:53 PM PST
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then y dont u take it to a an apple store or to the place where u bought it?

How about formatting and doing a clean install?

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Problem Fixed
by natmu1 / February 2, 2007 11:23 PM PST
In reply to: Just wanted to add...

I tried deleting some fonts and cleared the font cache, that still didn't work, so then I booted off the Install Disk (I held down C upon startup) and chose Disk Utility and Repaired Disk & Disk Permissions.

Now I am back to a quick startup!

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Did you ever figure out the problem?
by Alegoo92 / February 3, 2007 8:28 AM PST
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Itd be useful in the future for people who are experiencing Mac woes. Especially if they are using an old Mac, and will risk losing files in an archive+install or reinstallation.


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The problem appeared
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 4, 2007 12:11 AM PST

to be bad permissions on some of his, and the systems, files.

Running Repair Disk Permissions corrected the problem.

Age is not really a factor here, of the machine that is.


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