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Just wondering what the fastest time a new mid 2010 iMac i7 2.93GHz with 8GB ram, should be booting up at? Mine is currently 34 seconds which seems slow to me considering the spec.

asked Sep 03 '10 at 11:08

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Are you booting into 64bit mode as you should with all of that ram you in there? That will always take longer to boot into than 32bit mode. My Boot time in 32bit mode is a bout 30 seconds with a 21.5" Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz with 4gb of ram

answered Sep 03 '10 at 11:13

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Brady Kenniston

Thanks Brady. Not running 64 bit mode, as I understand Mac OS X automatically selects what mode, and it's currently in 32 bit mode. I have the HD as selected boot drive. Just assumed it would be quicker than the 30 sec plus considering the spec. Especially from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xSKoQQcHSY

(Sep 03 '10 at 12:34) comfycoxy comfycoxy's gravatar image

Yes 32bit mode is always the default, you have to manually tell it to boot into 64bit everytime.. even in 32bit mode however, it can still address the 8 gigs. It's a bit different than Windows, as the 32bit mode simply means the kernel is 32bit, however the higher level systems including the core OS are 64/32bit hybrids/

(Sep 03 '10 at 13:53) Granit Granit's gravatar image

I see, that's what I thought. Booting it into 32 bit should make it boot at its fastest.

(Sep 03 '10 at 14:10) comfycoxy comfycoxy's gravatar image

Hmm, I dont know what your problem could be then. Do you have a lot of data on the drive or have everything updated?

answered Sep 03 '10 at 12:51

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Brady Kenniston

Nope, it's a brand new iMac with nothing on the hard drive.

(Sep 03 '10 at 14:11) comfycoxy comfycoxy's gravatar image
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