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How can I identify what is slowing down my mac when nothing is eating up CPU?

Sometimes I'll have characters appearing slowly on screen, an unwelcome beach ball or pages like google images will freeze while scrolling. When this happens often all seems calm in activity monitor, ...
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Xcode keeps showing the beachball when I select something

When I select something in the xcode editor and then try to select some other text, the spinning beachball comes up and i have to wait for a couple of seconds before i can continue working. I have the ...
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Upgrading MacBookPro

I'm using a Late 2011 13" MacBook Pro with an Intel i5 @ 2.4 GHz and 4 GB 1333 MHz ram. The computer has started to get older. I was going to upgrade the ram but since Mavericks come out, the ram ...
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WD my cloud 4th is Super Slow

I am using a WD my cloud 4Tb and I have read other posts about users complaining about getting only 10Mb per second. My problem is that I am getting about 100kb/s to transfer a 125gb iPhoto library. ...
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Mac has become insanely slow : Processes SystemUIServer, UserEventAgent and loginwindow using a lot of memory

I have been using my Mac for for many months without any problem. But recently all of a sudden the Mac became insanely slow. I opened Activity Manager to see what was happening. For three processes ...
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Slow directory removal (rm -rf) on Max OS X

Can anyone help me diagnose why removing a directory would be so slow on my Mac? $ du -hs mydir/ 606M mydir/ $ find mydir/ -type f -print | wc -l 12720 $ date Tue Sep 10 10:59:27 PDT 2013 $ rm ...
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MacBook freezes, console printing kernel: disk0s2 I/O error

Yesterday I've closed my MacBook , opened it today and experienced horrible performance slowdown, beach ball and eventually a freeze. After several reboots I managed to close most of my applications ...
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Significant lag on Mac OS X 10.7.5

For the past 2-3 days, my computer has been lagging enormously. I cannot explain why this is the case - usually I have 50+ tabs open in Chrome, Colloquy, iTunes and a handful of other apps running at ...
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If OS X is slow, will a Time Machine backup, clean installation and restore make any difference?

I've heard people suggest that when your Mac is slow, you should: perform a Time Machine backup do a clean installation of the OS then restore the time machine backup after installation. I'm ...
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When re-installing OS X and importing using Time Machine, which imports should I avoid?

My computer has been having several problems related to hanging and poor graphics performance. I want to re-install OS X to get a completely clean system. I want to keep my files, so I'm going to use ...
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How to avoid slow startup / OSX won't save spotlight index?

Lately I've been having issues with osx taking a CRAZY long time to start up. Every time it does start, I have this hunch that, considering how hard spotlight is working after startup, that it might ...
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Increase video memory on integrated GPU?

My laptop has an integrated GPU, but no discrete GPU. It is a MacBook Pro so I am running Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard). My CPU is Intel second-gen i5, and my GPU is the Intel HD 3000. The way that ...
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Mac Pro AirPort Super Slow

My internet connection on my Mac Pro is terrible. I hardwired a lap top to my modem and did the Cox speed test and scored very very fast. I then did the test on that laptop wirelessly, and again, I ...
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My Mac is slow but don't know what's slowing it down

My Mac (Macbook Pro) is sometimes slow doing basic tasks, like browsing the web or something like that. If I open Activity Monitor, I have (maybe) one program that is about 10 % CPU, others are below ...
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Running a VM off a USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Mac/Parallels/XP

I use a MacBook Air as my primary machine, and the 128GB SSD means space is precious. To save about 10 GB, I've been running Parallels with a Windows XP VM off an external USB hard drive, which ...
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What is causing the atrocious performance of my Macbook pro?

I have a Macbook pro, both of which are evincing awful performance for day to day tasks. I'd like to know what is causing it, or failing that, how to diagnose this performance issue more effectively. ...
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External HDD sometimes slows down MacBook Pro

I have an external HDD which I leave attached to my MacBook Pro for most of the time. Sometimes when the system is slow to response to a UI action, I notice that the MacBook is taking time to whir ...
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Are virtual machines performant enough to be a primary workstation?

I have a MacBook Pro through my employer, but I prefer to spent most of my day in Linux. Will running Linux in a virtual machine (e.g. VirtualBox) in full-screen mode be enough slower than running it ...
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Why are remote desktop clients (RDP) very slow on my Mac?

I have a Mac Pro and a 120 Mbps up (2 Mbps down) broadband cable connection over my Fritbox 7390. When I use the Microsoft RDP Client or the CorD-Client on OS X (Lion, Snow Leopard, Leopard - all ...
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Would a 13 inch MacBook (Aluminum, late '08) see much performance gain from using Leopard instead of Snow Leopard?

I have a 13 inch aluminum MacBook (late 2008 model) and I recently upgraded to Lion. It simply hasn't been working out. Everything feels very sluggish and I honestly don't really have that big of a ...
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iSCSI vs. SAMBA For Single Use

I have a SAMBA server on my home LAN running fine. My main computer is a MacBook Pro laptop; its 320GB hard drive used to be enough for me, but now I'm filling it up, I've considering expanding it. ...
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What to put on a MacOS X SSD?

This question clearly doesn't have one answer, so here are few assumptions: I want to add an SSD to my Mac, let's say a MacBook [Pro], with the primary goal of speeding up my workflow. The hard disk ...
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The volume Macintosh HD was found corrupt and needs to be repaired

My Macbook Air (first gen) is very slow to start up probably because of the volume Macintosh HD is corrupt. It takes infinity time to startup in normal mode and it takes about 1 hour to start up in ...
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Deactivate or delete unused fonts on Mac OS to optimize performance?

I have a lot of fonts on my Mac that I don't use any more (I used them for different graphical things). Obviously, the more fonts I have the "slower" my Mac is. Should I deactivate or delete unused ...
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My 2007 iMac is extremely slow, yet memory and CPU are not starved

2007 iMac, 2 gigs ram, internal 320G hard drive. Even after a reboot and clearing some log files locations, the computer is very slow. Programs start up slowly, opening new terminal windows is very ...
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what is a good utility to “clean” up my Mac? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cleaning Up Mac OS X I recently read about MacKeeper, a utility to optimize, clean up, secure, etc..., your Mac. I think this is a cool idea but I don't want to pay for ...
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Is there an application I can run that will tell me how fast my computer is running?

At work I log into a virtual Windows machine. I'm told it runs as fast as a PC, but I'm skeptical. Is there an application I can run on the machine that will tell me how faster the machine is ...
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General video performance affected on Mac OSX 10.5 (PowerBook G4)

I'm quite new to Mac and I just got a PowerBook G4 for free. I installed OSX 10.5 on it and for the first two weeks, everything was going kinda smooth even if this is similar to a P3. I'm not ...
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Why does my Mac OS X installation get so much slower with time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I increase the performance of Mac OS X? I used a Mac OS X installation for approximately 4 years. Within this time period I upgraded from Tiger to Leopard to ...
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How to quickly view huge PNG images in OS X?

I need to view and zoom into selected parts of PNG images around 10,000x10,000px, ~10MB. When I open these images with Preview, it takes over a minute to load and then is very slow to show the image ...
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Getting More Performance out of a MacBook Pro

So I've got a mid-2009 MacBook Pro 13". Integrated GPU so not a games machine but fast enough for doing .Net development in VMs. I love the little thing and wanted to give it a Christmas present so ...
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How to format my mac without the installation disk?

My mac has several problems, running very slowly being the greatest. I have decided for that reason and a few others that it will beneficial to format my Mac. However, I do not have the installation ...
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RSync to WebDAV mounted volume very slow

I have a mounted WebDAV store, which I am playing around with to try and put together my own pseudo-DropBox set up. However, it seems very slow to upload larger files (my bandwidth graph goes ok for a ...
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rsync over ssh - 50kbps

This sync is taking all day, literally. Syncing from a mac (with rsync 3.0.5, from http://www.bombich.com/mactips/rsync.html) to Ubuntu with everything current. Internet is fast, computers are fast ...
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Performance optimization tips for Snow Leopard

I have old iMac (1.83 GHz Core Duo, 2 GB DDR2) and Snow Leopard on it. It is a little bit slow in some cases (e.g. boot, applications startup time). I'm using it only for web browsing, playing video ...
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How can I debug why safari is so slow loading a page sometimes?

On Mac OS X 10.6.4 with Safari 5.0.1 I entered a web address in the browser bar and sometimes it's lighting fast, and sometimes terribly slow. My wifi connection has a perfect signal strength and the ...
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How much BootCamp is faster than Parallels/Fusion?

Obviously I understand that running Windows/Linux natively on the hardware is faster than using any kind of virtualization software. On the other hand when using Parallels or Fusion I can use both Mac ...
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Mac memory management

Mac OS X 10.6 When multiple users logon and launch some applications at the same time, say Photoshop or Adobe Creative Suite 5. Will Mac OS utilize memory smart enough by letting both instance of ...
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Mac OS X: Activity Monitor peformance hit?

Will keeping Activity Monitor running in the background make me incur a significant performance hit? I know things like top in unix (if refreshed often) can use up 100% of the CPU. I ask because I ...
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Performance implications of “close window” vs “hide app”

What are the performance implications of hiding an application window vs closing it entirely? For example: When using an instant message client, it can be set to open automatically when the system ...
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Fix degraded SSD performance on Mac without full erase

I bought one of Intel's SSD a few months back. When I bought it I could easily reach the advertised speed but after a few months it has degraded very badly. Most any action that requires writing to ...
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Performance boost for MacBook: Hybrid hard drive or 4GB RAM?

I have an aluminium 13" MacBook with 2GB or RAM and 5400RPM 500GB hard drive. The main tasks I perform are developing iPhone and Mac apps in Xcode and websites in Coda. I want to improve the ...
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Wireless internet became extremely slow on my 27" IMac

The wireless internet on my Mac became extremely slow recently on my 27" IMac. I don't recall doing anything different other than doing the Apple Software updates which I let it pop up and install ...
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increase performance of virtual machines on the 27" imac

I'm using a 27" iMac (i7, 8GB RAM) at work and normally run two or three virtual machines at the same time, which hurts the performance of each virtual machine. I've learned on these forums the best ...
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Memory and CPU optimizers: Are they gimmicks?

Are tools which analyse which enable you to use all your CPU cores and also tools which help you to regain memory (can't think of any just yet but seen plenty) a gimmick? Do these tools really work?
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How do I profile the startup process in OS X 10.5?

When I bought my MBP 2.2 GHZ in 2007, it got from dead to an active dock in about 18 seconds, and now it takes about 1:30 to get a fully responsive home screen. I want to find a way to profile the ...
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vim is very slow on my Mac

I use vim on Mac OS X, but this is realy slow in Terminal.app and iTerm. Progress over many lines becomes tedious. some idea of solution?
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Poor Flash performance on Mac OS X?

I've been using Mac OS for almost 3 years now. What I have noticed couple of months ago, and what annoys me more and more over time, is that any Adobe Flash applications, content or adverts on website ...
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How can I “tune-up” a somewhat 'crusty' Mac OSX 10.5 / Leopard Machine?

I recently inherited a pretty decent machine running Leopard. I'm kind of a Mac noob. This machine is (and has been) used by a small non-profit media team for editing video/media and such. It seems ...
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Snow Leopard sluggish after upgrade from Leopard

I recently upgraded from Leopard to Snow Leopard on my white Macbook (mid-2007) and immediately noticed a bunch of performance issues: Finder is a lot slower at displaying the Applications folder. ...