i7 Running Sluggish / Finder freezing

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hkbladelawkhk, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. hkbladelawkhk macrumors member

    May 25, 2010
    This is quite annoying. I've now had to force my 27" i7 iMac off twice. I watch Activity monitor, and almost nothing is using any memory. I had finder completely freeze. And somehow I'm now missing a program I installed a while back that I didn't delete.

    I've used Onyx to do checks and try to speed it up, but at this point, there are times my Dual Core Macbook is faster.

  2. Corruptitudes macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2009
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    Have you run the apple hardware test? My 24" iMac started doing that before it died. I had some faulty ram, and my graphics card died. I would guess on yours a faulty ram chip. I would remove one and see if it continues. If it doesn't the first time swap them and check. If that doesn't fix it then it maybe some hardware issue...
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    It may well not be your CPU or RAM that is slow. It may be that your hard drive is failing. One of the tale signs that a hard drive is failing is unexplained system slowness or freezes.
  4. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    If you have external USB drives that sleep that could be your issue. That often contribute to a pinwheel -rainbow wheel
  5. hkbladelawkhk thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2010
    Did an extended hardware test. It came up fine. Smart Status is still verified. And the computer is only 2-3 months old.

    Might just be some of the programs? I know VMware tends to use memory, but not show it...


    This is really starting to bug me, as now a CD won't eject. Slot loading is a crap design.

    Edit: Had to shut down, the computer went into its blue shut down screen and had the little timer spin for at least 2-3 mins, I got impatient and forced it off. Rebooted and forced eject.

    Ran Smart Reporter. Results are the same as before:

    smartctl 5.39 2009-10-31 r2980 [i386-apple-darwin10.0.0] (local build)
    Copyright (C) 2002-9 by Bruce Allen, http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net

    Device Model: ST31000528ASQ
    Serial Number: 5VP53FZ9
    Firmware Version: AP24
    User Capacity: 1,000,204,886,016 bytes
    Device is: Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
    ATA Version is: 8
    ATA Standard is: ATA-8-ACS revision 4
    Local Time is: Sat Oct 16 13:51:44 2010 MST
    SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability.
    SMART support is: Enabled

    SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED
    See vendor-specific Attribute list for marginal Attributes.

    General SMART Values:
    Offline data collection status: (0x82) Offline data collection activity
    was completed without error.
    Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled.
    Self-test execution status: ( 0) The previous self-test routine completed
    without error or no self-test has ever
    been run.
    Total time to complete Offline
    data collection: ( 609) seconds.
    Offline data collection
    capabilities: (0x7b) SMART execute Offline immediate.
    Auto Offline data collection on/off support.
    Suspend Offline collection upon new
    Offline surface scan supported.
    Self-test supported.
    Conveyance Self-test supported.
    Selective Self-test supported.
    SMART capabilities: (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering
    power-saving mode.
    Supports SMART auto save timer.
    Error logging capability: (0x01) Error logging supported.
    General Purpose Logging supported.
    Short self-test routine
    recommended polling time: ( 1) minutes.
    Extended self-test routine
    recommended polling time: ( 197) minutes.
    Conveyance self-test routine
    recommended polling time: ( 2) minutes.
    SCT capabilities: (0x103f) SCT Status supported.
    SCT Feature Control supported.
    SCT Data Table supported.

    SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 10
    Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
    1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000e 111 099 006 Old_age Always - 36136162
    3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0003 100 100 000 Pre-fail Always - 0
    4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0032 099 099 020 Old_age Always - 1457
    5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 036 Pre-fail Always - 0
    7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000f 075 060 030 Pre-fail Always - 4325886835
    9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 099 099 000 Old_age Always - 1316
    10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 097 Pre-fail Always - 0
    12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 020 Old_age Always - 690
    184 End-to-End_Error 0x0032 100 100 099 Old_age Always - 0
    187 Reported_Uncorrect 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
    188 Command_Timeout 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
    189 High_Fly_Writes 0x003a 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
    190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022 052 045 045 Old_age Always In_the_past 48 (Lifetime Min/Max 48/48)
    194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0022 048 055 000 Old_age Always - 48 (0 22 0 0)
    195 Hardware_ECC_Recovered 0x001a 043 024 000 Old_age Always - 36136162
    197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0012 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0
    198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0010 100 100 000 Old_age Offline - 0
    199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x003e 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0

    SMART Error Log Version: 1
    No Errors Logged

    SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1
    Num Test_Description Status Remaining LifeTime(hours) LBA_of_first_error
    # 1 Short offline Completed without error 00% 861 -

    SMART Selective self-test log data structure revision number 1
    1 0 0 Not_testing
    2 0 0 Not_testing
    3 0 0 Not_testing
    4 0 0 Not_testing
    5 0 0 Not_testing
    Selective self-test flags (0x0):
    After scanning selected spans, do NOT read-scan remainder of disk.
    If Selective self-test is pending on power-up, resume after 0 minute delay.

    Look okay?
  6. hkbladelawkhk thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2010
  7. hkbladelawkhk thread starter macrumors member

    May 25, 2010
    And now to add on. I just went to look for a folder I constantly work with, and it's gone. Any ideas on what might cause my files to RANDOMLY delete?

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