[X-Newbies] Slooooooow Finder startup at boot.

Randy B.Singer randy at macattorney.com
Mon Apr 11 10:23:01 PDT 2005

John McGibney said:

>Didn't have the problem, I just subscribe to the MacFixIt.com newsletter.

>From MacFixIt:

>Macs incorrectly searching for network startup volumes   	
>In some cases, after applying a security update or other major 
>installation, Mac OS X can unexpectedly begin searching for a non-existent 
>network server at startup. MacFixIt reader Lynne LaMaster writes
>"One of my clients used Software Update to do the latest security update. 
>When she went to restart her computer, she said it made an awful noise 
>(she has a dual 1.8 G5) and she was afraid something really bad was about 
>to happen.
>"She restarted it again, but got a blinking world icon, and couldn't get 
>to her hard drive. As a new Mac user, she was pretty panicked.
>"Here's what we did: Restarted holding down the option key, which found 
>the correct system. We selected that, and it started up correctly. Then, 
>in System Preferences, we clicked on the Startup disk, and found that it 
>was searching for the network server (which doesn't exist). We reselected 
>the correct system, and all was fine."
>On a related note, if you are noticing that your Mac OS X system is 
>starting up more slowly than usual, and seems to stall for a long time on 
>the network initialization phase, you may need to disable some unused ports.
>Open System Preferences, and go to the Network pane. Then use the 
>pull-down menu next to the word "Show:" to select Network Port 
>Configurations. Disable any ports that are not in use.
>If you have two or more connection types regularly (for instance, if you 
>use an AirPort connection but sometimes link directly to Ethernet), place 
>the most often used configuration above the less used configuration so 
>that Mac OS X will recognize and utilize it without waiting. The 
>configurations can be dragged and dropped. 

Randy B. Singer
Co-Author of: The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th and 6th editions)

Routine OS X Maintenance and Generic Troubleshooting

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