Macbook takes over an hour to startup...

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  1. MUDFISH

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    I was paying bills this morning and my CoreDuo Macbook froze and hasn't really done shit since.

    It is connected to the charger, I tried resetting the PRAM and PMU, but neither helped. I'm thinking it may be a heat sink, but this is the first time it has frozen, and it has never shut down before.

    When I turn it on, everything is REALLY SLOW... it literally takes over an hour for some of my windows to open, and even then, the finder is not fully loaded.

    even to try clicking on the apple ---> restart takes 2 minutes for the computer to register it.

    any ideas what I could try???
     
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    Also do they care at the Genius Bar about Torrents? I have about 50 Gigs on there, and I can't even transfer anything to my external... no porn or anything bad, just movies and music...
     
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    they wont snitch on you for the torrents.

    There is no way that they can know that you have legal rights to distribute/copy the programs and movies and shit.
     
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    cool...
     
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    i lol'd when i read this thread title :rofl:
     
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    have you tried deleting the ~/library caches and /library caches?

    also repair disk permissions and repair disk from install discs? I am betting this will fix the issue. If the repair disk doesn't fail that is.
     
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    I suspect a bad hard drive if none of the advice here works. Hope you have your shit backed up.
     
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    I have almost everything backed up, I'll just loose a few movies and some music...

    I have been SLOWLY transferring stuff over, but its really slow... as in 2 hours to transfer a powerpoint show...

    going into the genius bar Monday
     
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    try what i said above, it takes just a few minutes, with no risk attached. might save you significant time.
     
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    How do I do this? never done it before...
     
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    go in to your home folder than library, then drag caches to the trash. Then go to the Macintosh HD, library, drag caches to trash. Restart. Empty trash can. Fixes most slow down issues if it wasn't caused by a file system issue. If it still doesnt help, but install disc 1 in drive. Restart, and hold C. Ones it boots up to install disc. Click the continue arrow once. You should now see the 'Utilities' menu at the top of the screen. Click 'Disk Utility' under the 'Utilities' menu. Click the Macintosh HD then click repair disk, if it finds errors and fixes it great. If it finds errors and fails, not good. Only two ways to fix issue. Find a copy of Disk Warrior, or do an erase and install on the drive.
     
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    Damn. Something is definitely wrong. :o
     
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    I'll try it... hopefully I can open the finder... this is like using the internet in 1995... enter address... read a book... look at the webpage...
     
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    Pr0Xima SPY ZAPPIN MAH SENTRY!

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    Do you have the OS disks? Boot from there and do the repairs in disk utility.

    I used to do this 5-10 times a day when I worked for apple.

    Deleting the library stuff may help as well.

    Whats the safeboot? I completely forget anymore(beenyears since I did apple support)... i think its the shift but im probably wrong.
     
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    took 8 hours, but the libraries are deleted... no help... and I don't have the boot disks since it was a "friends" disk I used... oh well, off to Apple...
     
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    Brought it to the Apple store and they said my HD is fried... oh well... I've been wanting to upgrade for a while... 80 Gigs just doesn't cut it

    anyone know where to get cheap hard drives?
     
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    how did the genius come to this conclusion? i highly suggest trying an erase and install. If still slow then buy a new hard drive.


    And as for a place to buy one, i'd say newegg. :dunno:
     
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    what he said. I also suspected the HD was bad, but just to make sure it's not something else wrong, erase and install OSX. If it fixes it, you can still buy a new HD, but a case for your old drive, and use it as an external.
     
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    They tried doing a fresh install and it would let them continue. I'm actually kind of glad since I've been wanting to upgrade my HD, but other places to spen the $$$ kept coming up. I think I only lost 2 powerpoints for work, and the use of my computer for 2 days until get the new HD...

    I went with a 320GB WD Scorpio from Newegg for $160... it will be nice going from my stock 80GB that I have... I can actually keep music and movies on my computer now...
     
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    Glad it was sorted out. And yes it's nice to be able to keep all your music and some movies on your computer. I upgraded my Mac mini from 80gb to 160gb, for around $90 from Frys. I hate waiting for stuff in the mail. I did notice a bump in performance as well, going from 4200 to 5400 rpm. what's the speed on that Scorpio? i'll be upgrading my MacBook's HD in the future
     
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    5400... from what I read a few people also said that their battery life improved too... thats next on my list to replace...
     
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    correct. Less grinding to load data= less power=more batt.
     
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    Nice.

    Easy fix. Glad it worked out.
     
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    I just got a 200gb 7200 rpm from Dell for $109....
     

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