Dock bounce when opening apps...

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  1. apersianboyCOM macrumors 6502

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    My 17" MBP has a 4GB RAM and lately I've noticed when opening applications it will bounce for a while before it opens. For example: firefox bounces 8 times, photobooth bounces 5 times, word bounced 10 times, photoshop bounces 8 times, iphoto bounces 4 times, itunes bounces 3 times. But I swear before they were all usually just 2 bounces and it would open.

    I did a PRAM and SMC reset but I still get the same thing happening.

    What does the bounce mean?
     
  2. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    Download Onyx - repair permissions.
     
  3. apersianboyCOM thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, I just did that and its still doing the same thing... do I need to restart after it finished repairing permissions?!
    EDIT: I just restarted anyway and it's still the same :(
     
  4. areusche macrumors regular

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    It's the application loading. Nothing more nothing less. It's kind of like a less obnoxious hour glass.
     
  5. apersianboyCOM thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But before they would load really quickly... like photobooth only bounced once now it takes ages. Theres nothing else open while I'm doing this and I've got a 2.66GHz processor.
     
  6. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    well sometimes Onyx will slow the system for a little bit but then it will speed back up.

    did this happen over night? like one day it was fine and the next it was slow? if this is the case it's probably something you did. dont take that the wrong way tho. it can happen to anyone.
     
  7. drew0020 macrumors 65816

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    How fast is your HD? That is most likely your bottleneck. I have a 2.4 with a SSD and it feels faster than a 2.93 without a SSD (for opening apps).
     
  8. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    yes but he said it was working fine and then all of a sudden it stopped. if it was slow from the beginning then yea it's the HDD but it was working fine.
     
  9. drew0020 macrumors 65816

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    I missed that part. I wonder if maybe the OP didnt notice it as much at first?
     
  10. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    he seems pretty observant. i mean he counted out the bounces, but i guess anything is possible.
     
  11. drew0020 macrumors 65816

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    You are probably right, but Word never opens on two bounces with a HD. No sure why MS Office is so slow to open, but 8-10 sounds about right. It takes my Word 2 bounces with an Intel SSD when opened for the first time.
     
  12. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    When you restart, prebinding for app optimization must be re-done. Hence, more bounces. After quitting and opening the apps again, I'm sure the bounces will be much less.

    All normal behavior.
     
  13. theITGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Yup pretty normal. If I reboot it takes a few 'bounces' for firefox but if waking up from sleep it might be a bounce or two.

    Cheers.

    -J.-
     
  14. apersianboyCOM thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've got a Hitachi 320GB 7200RPM HD

    It wasn't like this before, and I haven't uploaded any new apps or anything.

    When I reboot it does take longer but even if I close firefox now and open it up again it takes about 7 after reboot.
     
  15. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    3rd party RAM or Apple RAM?
    Running out of disk space?
    Happens when you're logged in as another user?
     
  16. apersianboyCOM thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Apple RAM... on iStat it says theres 2.90GB free!
    HD has 225GB free!

    Haven't tried with another user only have main account.
     
  17. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Create one.
     
  18. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    I apologize if I missed this part in the thread, but are you talking about the number of bounces it takes to load right after a fresh reboot?
     
  19. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

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    mine also bounces a lot the first time you open an app. later it opens on the first bounce.
     
  20. apersianboyCOM thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just did it and the same thing happens... what difference does that make anyway?

    Yeah I meant the number of bounces after reboot and also after waiting a while once its rebooted.
     
  21. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Basic troubleshooting.

    If it happens in another user, it's a system-wide "issue".
    If it doesn't, then it's something wrong with your primary user.


    So, what is installed that might do this? Are you running any anti-virus software? Are you running any Norton products?
     
  22. apersianboyCOM thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not running any virus software at all! It's really weird!
     
  23. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I'm on a 2 GHz Core Duo MBP and I get the following # of bounces:

    FF: 3
    Photobooth: 5
    PS: 8
    iTunes: 2
    Word: 8
    iPhoto: 2

    :-\ Not sure what's going on with your machine...
     
  24. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    This is right after a reboot? Mine takes about 7 about a reboot.
     
  25. areusche macrumors regular

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    When I first wiped and reinstalled OS X on my laptop everything was in fact really fast. Like Windows on an incredibly lesser degree it does slow down.

    Like every one else is saying don't worry too much about it.
     

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