Have you tried resetting the PRAM?
That was actually one of the first things I tried, but thanks for the thought.
I ran the repair permissions utility a few more times, there's still stuff coming up. Not as much as when I first ran it -- is it suppose to be completely empty?
Then I backed up (found my external HD
) and reset my PRAM again. I restarted the computer several times and it now takes less than 10 minutes . . . so, Progress!
RoseRose -- thank you very much for asking your husband. For some reason I get a bit itchy about reinstalling the OS. I'm not sure why, it's just a thing I have
. So I was waiting to do that as a last resort.
and, um, well, uh . . . I can't find my start-up disk.
How do I go about getting a new one?
Would upgrading to a new OS work just as well?
Thank you all for your wonderful advice!
P.S. I have plenty of memory available. But thanks for the info!