[X-Newbies] Slooooooow Finder startup at boot.

Brian Durant globetrotterdk at gmail.com
Tue Apr 12 05:13:45 PDT 2005

Interesting. Come to think of it, some times I have a slow Finder is
when my #€%&* ISP isn't maintaining their servers properly (like all
of the time). Anyway, I experienced that just now. My finder was slow
as molasses, I started Safari and couldn't get any web pages to load.
That was my cue to once again (like ten times a day) to unplug and
replug my cable modem. As soon as the connection came back, Finder
worked just fine. Hmmm.


On Apr 12, 2005 12:23 AM, Randy B. Singer <randy at macattorney.com> wrote:
> 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
> http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html
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