I recently got a solid state drive installed in my 2008 Macbook and ever since it's been taking about 20 seconds from the time I hit the power button to the time I can begin using the computer.
However, it's really slow at waking from sleep - on average 15 seconds, but sometimes intolerably long, I would guess. I don't remember it taking that long to wake from sleep. I've got about 50% of the drive available and my /private/var/sleepimage file is about 4GB. To be precise, the computer displays an image on the screen right away, and responds to commands to change the brightness, but you can't move the mouse or view the result of keyboard presses for 15 seconds or more.
Could you explain why it takes so long to wake from sleep? Is there anything I can do to make my computer wake faster? I feel almost like I should shut it down every time I close it.