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SLOOOOW Startup 7500?
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Dec 30, 2000, 05:04 AM
My PM7500 takes forever and a day to bootup. It's running OS 8.6 w/96 MB Ram. Upon first part of boot, it displays what seems like a 640 x 480 MacOS splash screen for a few seconds and then kicks into 1024 x 768 splash screen for the remainder of the startup which takes about 3-4 minutes. Could this be from insufficient VRAM? It is using the onboard video to run the 16" Apple RGB monitor.

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Dec 31, 2000, 10:40 AM
How long is forever and a day?

Some tips you can do to help speed up the startup process:
*Disable all unneeded control panels and extensions.
*Turn off Memory tests by holding down command+option while opening the memory control panel
*Rebuild the desktop

When the Monitor goes to 640x480 during startup, that's normal procedures for MacOS 8.5 and above. It's supposed to speed up the startup process.

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Jan 2, 2001, 03:27 AM
This is just my experience, as great as 8.6 is it does have a huge system overhead with or without extensions. Though not nearly as large as the overhead of 9, but... 601, 603 and some 604 based computers running 8.6 take forever starting up even with a moderate number of extensions and control panels. The previous posts advice is great, but take it one step further and time the startup with extensions off and then time it with extensions on. That gives you a diagnostic point to work from.

I would also suggest getting a copy of conflict catcher. Not that you have any conflicts, but it gives a lot more feedback during startup by identifying many, but not all, extensions and control panels that are being loaded on startup. It can also be a great tool to have around in case you do think that a conflict is causing you problems.
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Jan 6, 2001, 11:30 AM
To add my 2 cents to the advice that has been offered, make sure that the startup disk in the control panel of the same name is selected properly (even if you have just one hard disk). There seems to be a tendency for the Mac OS to "forget" this setting and then the startup process will be delayed further.

House cleaning regarding control panels and extension will be helpful, yes, but do not forget to reduce the number of fonts as well. You might also disable file sharing, if your Mac is not connected to a local network.


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