Slow to start up and shut down

Hi.
I have updated MacBook Pro from 2.16 GHz with OS 10.4.11.
The old one started up and shut down very fast. Now my new 2.4 GHz one starts up very slow.
I see the gray screen forever till finally see my desktop. It happens even I installed the OS on a cleaned HD.
Cleared all the cache, there is no log in items.
Reseted the PRAM.
No problem with Disk permissions.
Both 1GB memories are recognized.
I did everything I could think of.
Does anyone have any idea what is wrong ?
I would be much appreciated if any one know !
Thank you.

22 sec startup
Definitely an improvement over our old IBM AS/400 mainframe that once took six (6) hours to start up after a bad shutdown....

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