DashboardClient using way too much memory

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

  1. Kafkesque macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2010
    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:

    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

    Jul 11, 2006
    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

    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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