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My MacBook Pro is getting slower and slower

Lately my MacBook Pro has taken forever to boot up.  The hard drive doesn't seem to be taxed at all.  At times it takes me up to 15 minutes just to login.  Even when it finally boots up, at times it takes quite a bit of time to open some programs.  Has anyone seen this behavior before?  

MacBook Pro, Tiger 10.4.10 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM 2.16 Intel.  

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ParadiseITSCommented:
Smells like you have something eating up some processor power... try this:

To determine what's running in the background, start up Activity Monitor (in Applications/Utilities folder), set it to show "All Processes" and sort by down-arrow "% CPU". That'll show which processes are running, and which, if any, are hogging CPU cycles to the point of drastically slowing down your Macintosh. Look for Dashboard widgets that are hogging CPU cycles. Poorly coded widgets have been known to hog CPU cycles even when you would expect them to be inactive. Uninstall any CPU hogging widgets.

If the the process is "mds" or "mdimport" (the processes that handle Spotlight data), it could signal corruption of your Spotlight database. (Make sure that you aren't just seeing normal Spotlight indexing. See if this problem perseveres after your computer has been left on all day.) If this problem persists, you can easily rebuild your Spotlight database by opening System Preferences, choose the Spotlight panel, click on the Privacy tab, and drag your main drive's icon into the Privacy window. Now highlight your hard drive's icon within the Privacy window and click on the "-" button.  

You will now have to let Spotlight reindex, if this was the problem, so leave your MacBook on overnight and let it do it's thing...

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marchopkinsAuthor Commented:
There was nothing running out of control.  This didn't seem to help much.  Again this morning, it took me 10 minutes just to login.  A couple of things that continue to happen are:

1.  Sometimes at boot up my password is not recognized at all.  I continue to type it in over and over (its not a typing error), but nothing.  I have to reboot for it to be recognized.

2.  When I do finally boot up, I notice this:   A recovered riles folder that contains a file called MerpAD RDC.  When I try to open this file, there is nothing there????

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ParadiseITSCommented:
It is possible it has somethign to do with the hardware, the harddrive specifically.  Can you boot off your OS X CD (DVD), insert disc, reboot, hold down C to boot from the disk, and run disk utility against the drive, see what it says...?  there could be some file corruption... permissions issues in OS X or things or even HD issues.
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marchopkinsAuthor Commented:
I'll give it a try.
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marchopkinsAuthor Commented:
None of the suggestions worked. i had to reload it.  
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JohnJacobson2Commented:
Same exact problem with my MacBookPro.   Same configuration.  My machine however, does not take that long to boot.  It usually takes a few minutes...

How did you solve the problem?
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marchopkinsAuthor Commented:
Nothing suggested seemed to work,, just reloaded the box and all is well
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