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ISKOTB

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I tried Resetting PRAM/NVRAM, removed all my login items and disk repair from the recovery mode but no luck. Recently I am experiencing this for about a week now:

1- If I shut down the laptop and I turn it back on at the login screen, I enter my password, and then a spinning beach ball for about 3 to 4 FULL min?

2- Once I am in, I open finder to access my apps and either a lag or beach ball there as well for a few seconds and then everything is fine?

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Rodan52

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What computer are we talking about here? It appears you are running Catalina from the desktop image. The first question I would ask is how much storage do you have (Total GB's) and how much free space?
It is advisable to have at least 10% or more free storage space on your HD for virtual memory functions.
Look under the Apple Menu > About this Mac > Storage. Let us know what you see there.
 
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Rodan52

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Next check Login Items in System Preferences > Users and Groups. How many apps are launching at startup?
In the end barring a hardware problem it's almost always either not enough system resources or too many processes using the available resources, which is essentially the same thing.
 
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ISKOTB

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15" MBP 2019/16GB about 280GB of disk space left. I took the picture above using my iphone.

What computer are we talking about here? It appears you are running Catalina from the desktop image. The first question I would ask is how much storage do you have (Total GB's) and how much free space?
It is advisable to have at least 10% or more free storage space on your HD for virtual memory functions.
Look under the Apple Menu > About this Mac > Storage. Let us know what you see there.
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I removed them all. I restated the laptops today and it feels a little faster but once I opened/navigate in finder to access my apps I still got a beach ball for a few seconds.

Next check Login Items in System Preferences > Users and Groups. How many apps are launching at startup?
In the end barring a hardware problem it's almost always either not enough system resources or too many processes using the available resources, which is essentially the same thing.
 

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Rodan52

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With that much free storage and 16Gb RAM you should not be seeing beachballs at all. In Applications > Utilities there is an app called Activity Monitor. Open it and select the CPU tab at the top if it's not already and see what processes are running. The top items on the list will be the big CPU users represented in percentage.
If you see any processes you do not recognise using high levels of CPU these are likely to be the problem.
When I open Activity Monitor the top process is this browser that I'm on right now. If you reboot your device it should be the same for you.
Let us know what you find.
 
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ISKOTB

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I am guessing TotalFinder is causing the beach ball because when I enabled my login items except TF, rebooted much faster. Check my SC and I am not sure about "windowserver"

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With that much free storage and 16Gb RAM you should not be seeing beachballs at all. In Applications > Utilities there is an app called Activity Monitor. Open it and select the CPU tab at the top if it's not already and see what processes are running. The top items on the list will be the big CPU users represented in percentage.
If you see any processes you do not recognise using high levels of CPU these are likely to be the problem.
When I open Activity Monitor the top process is this browser that I'm on right now. If you reboot your device it should be the same for you.
Let us know what you find.
 

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