Hating Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.7 Lion' started by icapricorn, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Can't pull images from browser to desktop anymore. So it's nonsense about third-party apps not catching up with Lion. The operating system itself has introduced unwanted elements into the Mac experience.

    It takes my mail app, Thunderbird, a minute or so to "wake up" so I'm typing blind in a blank window before I see my three sentences show up, mistyped letters and all.

    Everything runs S...L...O...W...E...R. It's like running an operating system on ancient hardware. I have an iMac from early 2008, with 4 gigs of RAM. That shouldn't feel feeble. But constant spinning beachballs make writing in Word or even the Mac's native TextEdit an annoying experience.

    This is the worst mistake since Vista. Posters are right about not complaining, though. A complete wipe of the disk and a reinstall of Snow Leopard will fix this problem. I've been holding off on that, waiting for an update to give this sleepy, dopey Lion some pep. I thought a critical mass of complaints would build. But it seems the fanboys like it. They can keep it.
  2. Administrator emeritus


    Odd I have a 2006 iMac with only 3GB of ram and a 2007 Macbook again with 3GB of ram and have none of the slow downs you are experiencing.

    If you are doing a complete wipe and reinstall I'd suggest installing Lion to see if those problems persist or have gone. I'd hazard a guess that they will be gone.
  3. MonkeySee...., Aug 1, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011

    macrumors 68040


    Cool story, Bro.

    Seems you need to sort your Mac out because mine flys with Lion.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Mine was slower too, even windows 7 is faster on my macbook than lion. I don't know why it is slow, snow leopard is very zippy.
  5. macrumors 68020


    Mine's fine.
  6. macrumors 68030

    Hmmm, def sounds like there is something wrong with your system. I would try repairing permissions first (lion now has the disk utility installed on the recovery HD! Even easier than before!) and if that doesn't work do a time machine backup and reinstall clean.

    I am having none of these issues....Lion is actually way faster than SL was on my Mac Pro and Mac Mini.

    Also the dragging from browser to desktop works just fine. I just dragged the macrumors logo to my desktop no problem. If you are using a browser other than safari, I would go an ask them why it doesn't work..instead of blaming apple for everything.
  7. macrumors regular

    How can there be something wrong with his system (or mine), when Snow Leopard runs fine, and Lion runs like crap. That doesn't make any sense.
  8. macrumors 68030

    Well, to me it makes no sense that you are having problems since it works perfectly on my macs.....
  9. macrumors regular

    Oh boy...
  10. macrumors 601

    Terrible logic.
  11. macrumors 65816


    I'd suggest doing a clean install of Lion. I've seen several posts about problems like yours clearing up after that. If you're willing to go through the trouble to re-install Snow Leopard, why not give Lion a chance on a clean system?
  12. macrumors 68040


    Is it? OP hates lion for being slow blah blah. The guy you quoted and including myself, don't have any problems at all.

    So could it be the mac or Lion? :confused: :rolleyes:
  13. macrumors 68030

    Lion runs like crap on mine and a handful of other users = Logic
    Lion runs perfectly on mine and the majority of users = Terrible Logic

    Ummm, how about you think about that before commenting.
  14. macrumors member

    I bet you did not perform a clean install.:D
  15. macrumors 6502a


    I did a clean install and I suffer from the same problem, so now what?:D
  16. macrumors 601

    It's more:

    Lion works perfectly on MY machines, so Lion will work perfectly on every machine = Terrible Logic
    Lion works perfectly on some machines, but does not run perfectly on others = Good Logic

    e.g. let's say I have a problem with my MacBook's Intel Graphics - yet your Mac has NVIDIA graphics then it would be stupid for you to say that "it works fine for me".
  17. macrumors regular

    Dave, you need to quit while you're still behind. :p
  18. macrumors 68000

    No performance problems with a late 2008 MBP 2.4GHz and 8MB RAM. I upgraded from SL by the normal download route.
  19. macrumors 65816


    Cool, no problem here.
  20. macrumors regular


    I did a clean install of SL then upgraded to Lion. I have the same delay in typing. Basically, it takes a second or two for the computer to catch up to my typing. I really don't like this delay. It reminds me of those old digital cameras where you push the button and then it takes the picture about 1 - 2 seconds later. That was the way things were many, many years ago. Lion shouldn't be doing this today.
  21. macrumors 68020

    I don't know if the OP wants help, or it was just a rant (and I''d rant too if it happened to me), but the pix to desktop thing sounds important.

    It could indicate a permission problem; like he can't put stuff in the desktop folder. He should check that; it could also result in other problems.

    I don't think you necessarily need to do a clean install to fix that, but perhaps a reinstall or remigration of the user.

    A look at Activity Monitor would also be helpful.

    When Lion is that slow something is wrong.

  22. macrumors 68030

    Just tried it in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Worked in all three, so something is wrong with your system or you're just not doing it right.

    Other than that, all I have to report is that Lion is just as fast as SL on my system.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    I can still drag images from browser to desktop just fine. Something is wrong with your Mac.
  24. macrumors demi-god


    I have 5 Macs running Lion and haven't seen a single issue like is posted above.

    I'm not denying that problems exist, but I suspect it's something to do with 3rd party software then a systemic problem with Lion itself.

    It may be something Apple will need to address to improve compatibility with specific 3rd party software, but after upgrading 4 Macs to Lion (two upgrades on top of SL, two clean installs on new SSDs) and purchasing one brand new Mac which came with Lion pre-installed, I can't say I've had any of the above problems.

    I tend to run fairly clean systems - few if any 3rd party extensions and such - so I cannot say where the problem lies, but my suggestion is to start again with a clean install and add your software back one by one until you can trace the source of the problem.
  25. macrumors newbie

    I've had fellow techs working with me say things like this to customers. They didn't last long. :D For the record, mine runs fine....that is to say when it runs fine.

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