Inexplicable Mac slowdowns and lag

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by samleung, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. samleung macrumors newbie

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    My aluminum MacBook running Lion has been serving me well until about the last month when it started getting non responsive and slow. Simple tasks such as opening folders or switching between spaces would take upon to 5 minutes, rendering the computer practically unusable. However, when running Windows via bootcamp, thee are no issues. I have checked everything available in Disk Utility but no joy.

    I have reinstalled the computer, downgraded to Snow Leopard, wiped hard drive, installed Lion, but the issue remains, Again, running Windows in bootcamp is completely okay.

    I'm at a loss here and can use any help and/or advice.

    Sam
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Performance Tips For Mac OS X

    Launch Activity Monitor and change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes", then click on the CPU column heading once or twice, so the arrow points downward (highest values on top). Also, click on the System Memory tab at the bottom. Then take a screen shot, scroll down to see the rest of the list, take another screen shot and post them.
     
  3. samleung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Screen Shot 2012-04-15 at 3.00.18 AM.png

    Here it is. I don't know what it could be, I have a clean install as of yesterday.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Please re-read my instructions and try again.
     
  5. samleung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Screen Shot 2012-04-15 at 3.17.59 AM.png
    Sorry I missed the last part about the tab. Thanks!
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Nothing looks to be consuming much in the way of system resources, and you're not showing any paging activity. Did you run through the tips I posted earlier? From what you've shown so far, there doesn't appear to be anything that would cause slow performance.
     
  7. samleung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea I am scratching my head over this. The fact that this problem has replicated itself over two clean installs, while Windows runs well in bootcamp, has me baffled.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Again, did you run though the tips in my first post?
     
  9. samleung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I did and I optimize all my systems the best I can. I hope my lack of a presence on MacRumors (and hence the "newbie" under my username) isn't giving you the idea that I don't know my way around computers. I service Mac and PC's and took this question to the boards in hoping that someone might catch something I didn't.

    Thanks
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not at all. I make no such assumptions. I came to MR years ago with decades of computer experience, so I don't equate "newbie" with "computer illiterate". Also, many come here with Windows experience and are relatively new to Macs. I'm just looking for anything that might have been overlooked or that might help.
     
  11. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    OP, please take no offense, GGJ is one of the most helpful here in MR...
     
  12. samleung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I appreciate the help and insight. Cheers.
     
  13. east85 macrumors 65816

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    I've heard of people getting really bad beach balls when their RAM goes bad but if you have no problems on windows with the same RAM idk.
     
  14. samleung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    New update: in comparison to my previous attempts at remedying this issue, my Macbook is running much more smoothly. There are still hang ups and lags, but it's significantly more usable than before.

    However, opening the Mail.app causes my entire system to freeze down and inexplicably makes my system run at snail pace.
     
  15. east85 macrumors 65816

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    Glad to hear you've managed to make the system run a little smoother. It sounds like it's more of a software issue in light of the Windows comment. If it is software based (rather than hardware, which it sounds like) you may be able to find additional information or clues by searching the OS X Lion portion of the forums and reviewing what others have done regarding slowdowns. You should still attempt to exhaust the advice and links provided by GGJ if you haven't yet.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/search.php?searchid=27392087

    If worst comes to worst, Apple is releasing an update to Lion soon that may help to resolve possible conflicts between your system and the current release of Lion. There is also the option of opting for other versions of OS X.

    Double check to make sure you are updated to the most recent version of Lion (10.7.3) and all updates via software update (under the apple menu) are installed. I've found that the client combo on 10.7.3 has helped quite a bit as far as performance goes, over earlier versions. You may want to check this out, possibly install it if you have not yet.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1484
     
  16. softwareguy256 macrumors regular

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    Check your disk I/O. I was at the apple store testing out some of the macbooks there, heavy disk I/O even stalled the latest 17'' macbook pro, took like 1 minute to load a safari webpage. only the air with its SSD was able to keep chugging along.

    Also I see that mds guy in your list. that and mdworker are the spotlight indexers that will be taxing your disk.
     
  17. samleung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Another (and hopefully final) update: my mac has again slowed to an unusable state, and I am forced to use Bootcamp and run Windows for my day-to-day needs. I simply do not have the time to deal with this as I'm in school.

    Perplexed as ever, but I thank you all for your help.
     
  18. east85 macrumors 65816

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    Eh, if you didn't have anything on that side I'd just do a fresh install of Snow Leopard instead of Lion. But anyways good luck and no problem.
     
  19. samleung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I actually did that. No joy.
     
  20. samleung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just an update for those who are interested: I've been using Windows 7 for a while now and that crashed and never booted. Again. I have a spare hard drive lying around and I tossed it in and I'm running Lion right now. It seems to be running okay so far for about half a day but only time will tell.
     
  21. samleung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So it's been 4 days and my system is running great! I will make the conclusion that my harddrive has bad sectors and I will look into fixing that.
     
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I hope that fixes it! Thanks for the update!
     

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