Welcome to the MacNN Forums.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

You are here: MacNN Forums > Enthusiast Zone > Classic Macs and Mac OS > Extremely slow start up!!

Extremely slow start up!!
Thread Tools
Fresh-Faced Recruit
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: london
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Nov 6, 2002, 08:07 AM
Hi there

Having a problem with Mac OS9.2 on start up

*The machine takes ages to start up with the mouse freezing at certain points with the spinning time icon looking for somehting????
*Once it has stated up it takes another couple of minutes [4-5 mins] to be able to be responsive.
* one way which gets round it is to force quit the finder and Hey presto it works.

Any suggestions would be appreciated

Mac Elite
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Utah
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Nov 7, 2002, 01:14 PM
What machine is this running on? What are it's specs? If are you on a network? Appletalk slows down a startup quite a bit.
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Los Angeles
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Nov 11, 2002, 05:41 PM
It's sort of hard to diagnose your problem since you provide so few details. At what point do you encounter the significant slow down? The spinning beach ball sounds like the loading of 9.2's network stack, which is totally normal.

Here's what you should note in order to successfully diagnose the issue:

1) How long does it take to turn the monitor on and find the startup volume? In other words, how long, from the time you turn the machine on, does it take for the Happy Mac to be displayed?

If it takes a long time, you have some hard drive and/or system software corruption. I would go to Alsoft and purchase Disk Warrior, the best disk utility software money can buy. And optionally I would clean install the system software.

2) How long does it take for the Mac OS: Starting Up progress to complete?

If it takes a long time, you have to look at your extensions. Go to the Extensions Manager control panel, duplicate your current extensions set, and then select "9.2 All" in the Selected Set menu. Restart, and then begin to enable certain sets of extensions that you need or wish to run.

3. How long does it take to load the Finder (after the startup screen disappears)?

If it takes a long time, you may wish to a) rebuild the desktop (hold the command and option keys before you get to the desktop and keep them held until you get the dialog); b) run Diskwarrior (highly recommended); c) clean install the OS.

"The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground." TJ
Grizzled Veteran
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: Minneapolis
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Nov 13, 2002, 05:36 AM
Generally speaking, if you get spinning cursors during bootup, its due to disk corruption, your machine is trying to access incorrect information, so it seeks it out, causing delay's in loading. If this still happends after a full run of diskwarrior, or disk doctor, let us know =)
Thread Tools
Forum Links
Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Privacy Policy
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:30 PM.
All contents of these forums © 1995-2015 MacNN. All rights reserved.
Branding + Design: www.gesamtbild.com
vBulletin v.3.8.8 © 2000-2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2