DashboardClient using way too much memory

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Kafkesque, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. Kafkesque macrumors newbie

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    Oct 2, 2010
    #1
    I got a new Macbook a few weeks ago (2GB RAM, 2.4Ghz Core Duo). Recently, it got really sluggish occasionally, up to the point where I could barely run Firefox properly.

    Went into Activity Monitor and saw this:
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    DashboardClient just leaks out every hour or so, especially when waking from sleep. It's getting really annoying.

    Here's what I've tried:
    -Disabling the Dashboard using a Terminal command
    -Disabling each individual widget manually
    -Deleting Dashboard .plist files in the Preferences folder
    -Reinstalling Snow Leopard (NOT a clean install)

    From what I see, the widgets aren't to blame here. Actually when I do open the Dashboard, there are two "DashboardClients", one 64 bit and one 32 bit. Only the 32 bit consumes more memory.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

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    Jul 11, 2006
    #2
    Strange, since you've tried a number of reasonable things and the problem persists. Still, it seems like there's some widget (presumably a 32-bit third-party widget) that must be causing this.

    I'd try moving the entire ~/Library/Widgets folder (~ = your Home folder) temporarily to your Desktop. Then open Terminal and enter

    Code:
    killall Dock
    If the problem disappears, then it seems that one of the widgets in the folder you moved was to blame.
     

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