iMac boot up time slow and slow apps lately

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SuperFreak, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. SuperFreak macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2012
    For some reason as of late, my iMac has started booting up a lot slower than it did when I first got it, which, wasn't even that long ago (around 5months-ish).

    seems to stay on the grey loading screen for longer than it used to, and once booted up, sits on the desktop for a good min or so without me being able to launch anything, the dock also does not appear for a min or so, and when it does, i'll usually open Chrome, and that just bounces for about 30+ seconds....

    Can't use the spotlight, etc. It's happened a lot faster than i expected it too... I mean, wear and tear, over time they get a bit sluggy etc but, I have'nt even had it that long,


    iMac 21"
    OSX 10.9
    Late 2013/14 model
    8GB RAM
    2.9 GHz Intel Core i5

    I bought it second hand for around 670pounds.

    I have 824GN space left, I look after my apple products pretty well... no images, no music, nothing clogging it up.

    Really not sure why its rapidly become a lot slower :-(

    I did, (un-educatedly) delete a cache file that was to do with applications, it was the largest in file size, 100+MB i think, as a cleaner app showed it up, maybe i should'nt have deleted that, could have made apps slower? but why boot up going slow now?

    hope someone can cast some light.

  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Please post an EtreCheck report of your system and we can look for obvious issues. You can get EtreCheck by clicking:
  3. Laserducky macrumors regular


    Dec 29, 2013
    Probably your hard drive mate. Unlike SSD's their performance deteriorates over time. How quickly is the only variable in the equation.
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Firstly try going to Disk utility and repairing your disk and disk permissions. If that works all good.

    If not take a look at activity monitor and see if there are any rogue programs using up all your computers resources...

    lastly your HDD could just be dying they do sometimes.....
  5. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2012
    Hard disks don't suddenly start getting slower, any degradation in speed is gradual. In any case, this caused by fragmentation (parts of files being scattered across the disk as it gets full) and the operating system does a pretty good job of fixing that. Even then he has 80% of his disk empty, so fragmentation will not be an issue. I agree with the previous poster, check disk and repair permissions.
  6. SuperFreak thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Just downloaded and used EtreCheck, here are my results: (note: some text is in red on the actual report but it's not showing that on the forum).

    Problem description:

    slow boot up and app loading

    EtreCheck version: 2.3 (135)

    Report generated 8/8/15, 3:03 PM

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    Click the [Click for support] links for help with non-Apple products.

    Click the [Click for details] links for more information about that line.

    Hardware Information: (What does this mean?)

    iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013) (Technical Specifications)

    iMac - model: iMac14,3

    1 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5 CPU: 4-core

    8 GB RAM

    BANK 0/DIMM0

    4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz ok

    BANK 1/DIMM0

    4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz ok

    Bluetooth: Good - Handoff/Airdrop2 supported

    Wireless: en1: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

    Video Information: (What does this mean?)

    NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M - VRAM: 1024 MB

    iMac 1920 x 1080

    DELL SE198WFP 1440 x 900 @ 60 Hz

    System Software: (What does this mean?)

    OS X 10.9.2 (13C64) - Time since boot: less than an hour

    Disk Information: (What does this mean?)

    APPLE HDD HTS541010A9E662 disk0 : (1 TB) (Rotational)

    EFI (disk0s1) <not mounted> : 210 MB

    Macintosh HD (disk0s2) / : 999.86 GB (824.12 GB free)

    USB Information: (What does this mean?)

    JMicron Samsung M3 Portable 1 TB

    Primary xHD (everything) (disk1s1) /Volumes/Primary xHD (everything) : 1.00 TB (7.37 GB free)

    Apple Inc. BRCM20702 Hub

    Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller

    Apple Inc. FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in)

    Apple, Inc. Keyboard Hub

    Mitsumi Electric Apple Optical USB Mouse

    Apple, Inc Apple Keyboard

    Burr-Brown from TI USB Audio CODEC

    Action Star USB2.0 Hub

    Action Star USB2.0 Hub

    Action Star USB HID

    Action Star USB HID

    ION Key49

    Thunderbolt Information: (What does this mean?)

    Apple Inc. thunderbolt_bus

    Configuration files: (What does this mean?)

    /etc/hosts - Count: 20

    Gatekeeper: (What does this mean?)


    Kernel Extensions: (What does this mean?)

    /Applications/Toast 11 Titanium/Spin

    [not loaded] com.hzsystems.terminus.driver (4) [Click for support]


    [not loaded] com.caiaq.driver.NIUSBMaschineControllerDriver (2.7.0 - SDK 10.9) [Click for support]

    [not loaded] com.m-audio.usb.midisupport.driver (1.4.1 - SDK 10.7) [Click for support]

    [not loaded] (1.0.0 - SDK 10.9) [Click for support]


    [not loaded] com.wibu.codemeter.CmUSBMassStorage (1.0.7) [Click for support]


    [not loaded] com.roxio.TDIXController (2.0) [Click for support]

    Startup Items: (What does this mean?)

    M-Audio Firmware Loader: Path: /Library/StartupItems/M-Audio Firmware Loader

    RDUSB017BStartup: Path: /Library/StartupItems/RDUSB017BStartup

    Startup items are obsolete in OS X Yosemite

    Launch Agents: (What does this mean?)

    [not loaded] com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] com.Arturia.ArturiaSoftwareCenterAgent.plist [Click for support]

    Launch Daemons: (What does this mean?)

    [loaded] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] com.bombich.ccc.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] com.ea.origin.ESHelper.plist [Click for support]

    [running] com.m-audio.usb.firmwareloader.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] [Click for support]

    User Launch Agents: (What does this mean?)

    [loaded] com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] com.bittorrent.uTorrent.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] com.digitalrebellion.SoftwareUpdateAutoCheck.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] [Click for support]

    [loaded] [Click for support]

    [loaded] com.Installer.completer.ltvbit.plist [Click for support]

    [failed] com.Installer.completer.update.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] Manroling.update.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] [Click for support]

    [loaded] Myppes.ltvbit.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] Myppes.update.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] [Click for support]

    [loaded] Oliverto.ltvbit.plist [Click for support]

    [loaded] Oliverto.update.plist [Click for support]

    User Login Items: (What does this mean?)

    iTunesHelper Application (/Applications/

    Autodesk 360 UNKNOWN (missing value)

    NIHardwareAgent Application Hidden (/Library/Application Support/Native Instruments/Hardware/

    Internet Plug-ins: (What does this mean?)

    AdobeAAMDetect: Version: AdobeAAMDetect - SDK 10.6 [Click for support]

    FlashPlayer-10.6: Version: - SDK 10.6 [Click for support]

    Default Browser: Version: 537 - SDK 10.9

    AdobePDFViewerNPAPI: Version: 11.0.0 - SDK 10.6 [Click for support]

    AdobePDFViewer: Version: 11.0.0 - SDK 10.6 [Click for support]

    Flash Player: Version: - SDK 10.6 Outdated! Update

    QuickTime Plugin: Version: 7.7.3

    SharePointBrowserPlugin: Version: 14.0.0 [Click for support]

    iPhotoPhotocast: Version: 7.0 - SDK 10.8

    Safari Extensions: (What does this mean?)



    Audio Plug-ins: (What does this mean?)

    DVCPROHDAudio: Version: 1.3.2

    3rd Party Preference Panes: (What does this mean?)

    Flash Player [Click for support]

    Native Instruments USB Audio [Click for support]

    TB-3 [Click for support]

    Time Machine: (What does this mean?)

    Time Machine not configured!

    Top Processes by CPU: (What does this mean?)

    7% iTunes

    3% WindowServer

    2% coreaudiod

    2% fontd

    0% RDUSB017BSetupd

    Top Processes by Memory: (What does this mean?)

    1.20 GB Google Chrome Helper(6)

    703 MB kernel_task

    524 MB iTunes

    319 MB mds_stores

    238 MB Google Chrome

    Virtual Memory Information: (What does this mean?)

    3.70 GB Free RAM

    4.30 GB Used RAM (1.84 GB Cached)

    0 B Swap Used

    Diagnostics Information: (What does this mean?)

    Aug 8, 2015, 02:36:12 PM Self test - passed

    Aug 6, 2015, 10:12:56 PM /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/Kernel_2015-08-06-221256_[redacted].panic [Click for details]
  7. SuperFreak thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2012
    Thanks, just repaired and verified disk, will let you know after i restart and boot up again if that helped out!


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