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Jayhawk Raven

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Original poster
Oct 21, 2015
62
3
Kansas
I have had a problem for a while. I thought the problem might be related to the fusion drive, so I am now booting from an external SSD. I fear the problem may be related to Dropbox usage. I rely heavily upon dropbox, but I may need to change that. Any help you can give me would be much appreciated.

Here are the specifics:

I ran EtreCheckPro version: 6.4.4 (6E015), which identified Kernel panics and Heavy CPU usage.

Here is the report:
Code:
EtreCheckPro version: 6.4.4 (6E015)
Report generated: 2022-03-17 12:39:17
Download EtreCheckPro from https://etrecheck.com
Runtime: 3:32

Performance: Excellent

Problem: Beachballing

Major Issues:
    Anything that appears on this list needs immediate attention.

    Security updates disabled - Security updates are disabled. This computer is at risk of malware infection.
    Kernel panics - This system has experienced kernel panics. This could be a sign of hardware failure.
    Heavy CPU usage - Some processes are using an unusually high amount of CPU.
    Apple security disabled - Apple security software is disabled. This computer is at risk of malware infection.

Minor Issues:
    These issues do not need immediate attention but they may indicate future problems or opportunities for improvement.

    Apps with heavy CPU usage - There have been numerous cases of apps with heavy CPU usage.
    Clean up - There are orphan files that could be removed.
    Unsigned files - There are unsigned software files installed. Apple has said that unsigned software will not run by default in a future version of the operating system.
    System modifications - There are a large number of system modifications running in the background.
    Runaway user process - A user process is using a large percentage of your CPU.
    Kernel extensions present - This computer has kernel extensions that may not work in the future.
    Sharing enabled - This computer has sharing services enabled that could be a security risk.

Hardware Information:
    iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)
    iMac Model: iMac18,3
    3.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 (i5-7500) CPU: 4-core
    16 GB RAM - Upgradeable
        BANK 0/DIMM0 - 4 GB DDR4 SO-DIMM 2400
        BANK 0/DIMM1 - 4 GB DDR4 SO-DIMM 2400
        BANK 1/DIMM0 - 4 GB DDR4 SO-DIMM 2400
        BANK 1/DIMM1 - 4 GB DDR4 SO-DIMM 2400

Video Information:
    Radeon Pro 570 - VRAM: 4 GB
        iMac (built-in) 3200 x 1800
        LG 32 FHD 1920 x 1080

Drives:
    disk0 - APPLE SSD SM0032L 28.00 GB (Solid State - TRIM: Yes)
    Internal PCI-Express 8.0 GT/s x2 NVM Express
        disk0s1 - EFI [EFI] 315 MB
        disk0s2 [APFS Fusion Drive] 27.69 GB
            disk2 [APFS Virtual drive] 1.03 TB (Shared by 6 volumes)
                disk2s1 - i*********** - Data (APFS) (Shared - 405.72 GB used)
                disk2s2 - Preboot (APFS) [APFS Preboot] (Shared - 236 MB used)
                disk2s3 - Recovery (APFS) [Recovery] (Shared - 623 MB used)
                disk2s4 - VM (APFS) [APFS VM] (Shared - 1.07 GB used)
                disk2s5 - i*********n (APFS) (Shared - 15.31 GB used)
                disk2s6 - Update (APFS) (Shared - 2 MB used)

    disk1 - APPLE HDD ST1000DM003 1.00 TB (Mechanical - 7200 RPM)
    Internal SATA 6 Gigabit Serial ATA
        disk1s1 - EFI (MS-DOS FAT32) [EFI] 210 MB
        disk1s2 [APFS Fusion Drive] 1000.00 GB
            disk2 [APFS Virtual drive] 1.03 TB (Shared by 6 volumes)
                disk2s1 - i*********** - Data (APFS) (Shared - 405.72 GB used)
                disk2s2 - Preboot (APFS) [APFS Preboot] (Shared - 236 MB used)
                disk2s3 - Recovery (APFS) [Recovery] (Shared - 623 MB used)
                disk2s4 - VM (APFS) [APFS VM] (Shared - 1.07 GB used)
                disk2s5 - i*********n (APFS) (Shared - 15.31 GB used)
                disk2s6 - Update (APFS) (Shared - 2 MB used)

    disk3 - WD Elements 2620 5.00 TB
    External USB 5 Gbit/s USB
        disk3s1 210 MB
        disk3s2 - W********p (Journaled HFS+) 5.00 TB (2.57 TB used)

    disk4 - SanDisk Extreme 55AE 1.00 TB (Solid State - TRIM: No)
    External USB 5 Gbit/s USB
        disk4s1 [APFS Container] 1.00 TB
            disk5 [APFS Virtual drive] 1.00 TB (Shared by 6 volumes)
                disk5s1 - Preboot (APFS) [APFS Preboot] (Shared - 303 MB used)
                disk5s2 (APFS) [APFS Container] (Shared - 15.75 GB used)
                    disk5s2s1 - M*************D (APFS) [APFS Snapshot] (Shared - 15.75 GB used)
                disk5s3 - Recovery (APFS) [Recovery] (Shared - 1.09 GB used)
                disk5s4 - VM (APFS) [APFS VM] (Shared - 1 MB used)
                disk5s5 - M*************** - Data (APFS) [APFS Virtual drive] (Shared - 495.58 GB used)
                disk5s6 - Update (APFS) (Shared - 3 MB used)

    disk6 - WD My Passport 260D 4.00 TB
    External USB 5 Gbit/s USB
        disk6s1 - EFI (MS-DOS FAT32) [EFI] 210 MB
        disk6s2 [APFS Container] 4.00 TB
            disk9 [APFS Virtual drive] 4.00 TB (Shared by 1 volumes)
                disk9s2 - W**********M (APFS) (Shared - 1.26 TB used)

    disk7 - Micron Crucial X6 SSD 1.00 TB
    External USB 5 Gbit/s USB
        disk7s1 17 MB
        disk7s2 [APFS Container] 1.00 TB
            disk8 [APFS Virtual drive] 1.00 TB (Shared by 1 volumes)
                disk8s1 - C*********M (APFS) (Shared - 950.89 GB used)

    disk10 - Micron Crucial X6 SSD 1.00 TB
    External USB 480 Mbit/s USB
        disk10s1 17 MB
        disk10s2 [APFS Container] 1.00 TB
            disk11 [APFS Virtual drive] 1.00 TB (Shared by 2 volumes)
                disk11s1 - C********6 (APFS) (Shared - 184.58 GB used)
                disk11s2 - Update (APFS) (Shared - 41 KB used)

Mounted Volumes:
    disk2s1 - i*********** - Data
        1.03 TB (Shared - 405.72 GB used, 653.65 GB available, 600.19 GB free)
        APFS
        Mount point: /Volumes/i*********** - Data

    disk2s5 - i*********n
        1.03 TB (Shared - 15.31 GB used, 600.19 GB free)
        APFS
        Mount point: /Volumes/i*********n
        Read-only: Yes

    disk3s2 - W********p
        5.00 TB (2.57 TB used, 2.43 TB free)
        Journaled HFS+
        Mount point: /Volumes/W********p

    disk5s1 - Preboot [APFS Preboot]
        1.00 TB (Shared - 303 MB used, 487.23 GB free)
        APFS
        Mount point: /System/Volumes/Preboot

    disk5s2s1 - M*************D [APFS Snapshot]
        1.00 TB (Shared - 15.75 GB used, 628.61 GB available, 487.23 GB free)
        APFS
        Mount point: /
        Read-only: Yes

    disk5s4 - VM [APFS VM]
        1.00 TB (Shared - 1 MB used, 487.23 GB free)
        APFS
        Mount point: /System/Volumes/VM

    disk5s5 - M*************** - Data [APFS Virtual drive]
        1.00 TB (Shared - 495.58 GB used, 628.61 GB available, 487.23 GB free)
        APFS
        Mount point: /System/Volumes/Data

    disk5s6 - Update
        1.00 TB (Shared - 3 MB used, 487.23 GB free)
        APFS
        Mount point: /System/Volumes/Update

    disk8s1 - C*********M
        1.00 TB (Shared - 950.89 GB used, 49.09 GB free)
        APFS
        Mount point: /Volumes/C*********M

    disk9s2 - W**********M
        4.00 TB (Shared - 1.26 TB used, 2.74 TB free)
        APFS
        Mount point: /Volumes/W**********M

    disk11s1 - C********6
        1.00 TB (Shared - 184.58 GB used, 817.84 GB available, 815.40 GB free)
        APFS
        Mount point: /Volumes/C********6
        Owners enabled: No

Network:
    Interface en0: Ethernet
    Interface en1: Wi-Fi
       
    Interface bridge0: Thunderbolt Bridge

    Printer sharing: Enabled

System Software:
    12.1 12.1 (21C52)
    Time since boot: Less than an hour

Notifications:

    EtreCheckPro.app
        3 notifications
    Alfred 4.app
        23 notifications
    PDFpenPro.app
        7 notifications

Security:
    Gatekeeper: App Store and identified developers
    System Integrity Protection: Enabled
    Security Updates: Disabled

    Antivirus software: None!

    Printer sharing: Enabled

Unsigned Files:
    Launchd: /Library/LaunchAgents/com.dymo.dls.webservice.plist
        Executable: /Library/Frameworks/DYMO/SDK/DYMO.DLS.Printing.Host.app/Contents/MacOS/DYMO.DLS.Printing.Host
        Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK

    Launchd: /Library/LaunchAgents/com.cisco.anyconnect.gui.plist
        Executable: /Applications/Cisco/Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.app
        Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK

    Launchd: /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.cisco.anyconnect.aciseagentd.plist
        Executable: /opt/cisco/anyconnect/bin/aciseagentd -d
        Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK

    Launchd: /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.installer.osmessagetracing.plist
        Executable: /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/OSInstaller.framework/Resources/OSMessageTracer
        Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK

    Launchd: /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.cisco.anyconnect.vpnagentd.plist
        Executable: /opt/cisco/anyconnect/bin/vpnagentd -execv_instance
        Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK

    Launchd: /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.cisco.anyconnect.ciscod.plist
        Executable: /opt/cisco/hostscan/bin/ciscod -d
        Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK

    Launchd: /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.wdc.WDPrivilegedHelper.plist
        Executable: /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools/com.wdc.WDPrivilegedHelper
        Details: Exact match found in the legitimate list - probably OK

    Apps: 25

Kernel Extensions:
    /Library/Extensions
        [Not Loaded] DymoUsbPrinterClassDriver.kext - com.dymo.usbprinterclassdriver.kext (Sanford, L.P., 1.1 - SDK 10.12)
        [Not Loaded] Dropbox.kext - com.getdropbox.dropbox.kext (Dropbox, Inc., 1.13.0 - SDK 10.14)
        [Not Loaded] hp_io_enabler_compound.kext - com.hp.kext.io.enabler.compound (HP Inc., 3.4.0)
        [Not Loaded] JabraUSB.kext - com.jabra.usbdevice (Kim Jensen, 1.0.4 - SDK 10.13)

    /Volumes/i*********** - Data/A**********s/DiskWarrior.app
        [Not Loaded] DiskWarriorPreview.kext - com.alsoft.Preview (Alsoft, Inc, 5.2 - SDK 10.5)

System Launch Agents:
    [Not Loaded] 14 Apple tasks
    [Loaded] 211 Apple tasks
    [Running] 124 Apple tasks
    [Other] One Apple task

System Launch Daemons:
    [Not Loaded] 37 Apple tasks
    [Loaded] 202 Apple tasks
    [Running] 137 Apple tasks
    [Other] One Apple task

Launch Agents:
    [Running] com.adobe.GC.AGM.plist (Adobe Inc. - installed 2021-12-09)
    [Not Loaded] com.adobe.GC.Invoker-1.0.plist (Adobe Inc. - installed 2021-12-09)
    [Loaded] com.adobe.ccxprocess.plist (Adobe Inc. - installed 2022-03-15)
    [Other] com.brother.LOGINserver.plist (? a1772de2 - installed 2018-07-05)
    [Loaded] com.cisco.anyconnect.gui.plist (? 40bd3462 - installed 2020-02-26)
    [Other] com.dymo.dls.webservice.plist (? 77c41eb - installed 2018-05-10)
    [Loaded] com.microsoft.update.agent.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2021-08-01)

Launch Daemons:
    [Running] com.adobe.agsservice.plist (Adobe Inc. - installed 2021-12-09)
    [Loaded] com.apple.installer.osmessagetracing.plist (? dbb717cc - installed 2019-10-05)
    [Loaded] com.bombich.ccchelper.plist (Bombich Software, Inc. - installed 2019-11-05)
    [Other] com.cisco.anyconnect.aciseagentd.plist (? 8b31c1c3 - installed 2015-11-27)
    [Other] com.cisco.anyconnect.ciscod.plist (? d78c2ec9 - installed 2015-11-27)
    [Other] com.cisco.anyconnect.vpnagentd.plist (? a7cbca7 - installed 2015-11-27)
    [Other] com.dymo.pnpd.plist (? 0 - installed 2018-05-10)
    [Loaded] com.microsoft.autoupdate.helper.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2021-08-01)
    [Loaded] com.microsoft.office.licensingV2.helper.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2017-10-10)
    [Loaded] com.microsoft.teams.TeamsUpdaterDaemon.plist (Microsoft Corporation - installed 2020-09-04)
    [Loaded] com.wdc.WDPrivilegedHelper.plist (? 9f7f4405 - installed 2021-12-12)
    [Loaded] us.zoom.ZoomDaemon.plist (Zoom Video Communications, Inc. - installed 2022-01-12)

User Launch Agents:
    [Not Loaded] com.adobe.GC.Invoker-1.0.plist (Adobe Inc. - installed 2021-12-09)
    [Running] com.c-command.SpamSieve.LaunchAgent.plist (C-Command Software, LLC - installed 2022-02-11)
    [Loaded] com.dropbox.DropboxMacUpdate.agent.plist (Dropbox, Inc. - installed 2022-02-16)
    [Loaded] com.google.keystone.agent.plist (Google, Inc. - installed 2021-08-23)
    [Loaded] com.google.keystone.xpcservice.plist (Google, Inc. - installed 2021-08-23)

User Login Items:
    [Running] Alfred 4 (Running with Crayons Ltd - installed 2021-12-07)
        Application
        /Applications/Alfred 4.app

    [Not Loaded] Glui Helper (App Store - installed 2021-12-07)
        Modern Login Item
        /Applications/Annotate.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/Glui Helper.app

    [Not Loaded] CCC User Agent (Bombich Software, Inc. - installed 2021-12-07)
        Modern Login Item
        /Applications/Carbon Copy Cloner.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/CCC User Agent.app

    [Running] Dropbox (Dropbox, Inc. - installed 2022-03-15)
        Application
        /Applications/Dropbox.app

    [Not Loaded] Label LIVE Login Helper (App Store - installed 2022-02-19)
        Modern Login Item
        /Applications/Label LIVE.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/Label LIVE Login Helper.app

    [Not Loaded] LaunchAtLoginHelper (App Store - installed 2021-12-07)
        Modern Login Item
        /Applications/Shotty.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/LaunchAtLoginHelper.app

    [Not Loaded] StartUpHelper (Spotify - installed 2021-12-07)
        Modern Login Item
        /Applications/Spotify.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/StartUpHelper.app

    [Not Loaded] SyncFoldersProStartAtLogin (App Store - installed 2021-12-07)
        Modern Login Item
        /Applications/Sync Folders.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/SyncFoldersProStartAtLogin.app

    [Not Loaded] Todoist Login Helper (App Store - installed 2022-02-19)
        Modern Login Item
        /Applications/Todoist.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/Todoist Login Helper.app

    [Not Loaded] HP Device Monitor (HP Inc. - installed 2020-12-19)
        Modern Login Item
        /Library/Printers/hp/Frameworks/HPDeviceMonitoring.framework/Versions/1.0/Helpers/HP Device Monitor Manager.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/HP Device Monitor.app

Internet Plug-ins:
    DYMO Safari Addin: (Sanford, L.P. - installed 2021-12-07)
    DYMO NPAPI Addin: 1.0 (Sanford, L.P. - installed 2021-12-07)

Backup:
    Skip System Files: No
    Auto backup: Yes
    Volumes being backed up:
        M*************D: Disk size: 1.00 TB - Disk used: 512.94 GB
        C********6: Disk size: 1.00 TB - Disk used: 184.78 GB
    Destinations:
        W********p [Local]
            Total size: 5.00 TB
            Total number of backups: 41
            Oldest backup: 2021-12-03 09:22:37
            Last backup: 2022-03-17 12:15:10
        W**********M [Local] (Last used)
            Total size: 4.00 TB
            Total number of backups: 45
            Oldest backup: 2022-01-16 06:39:43
            Last backup: 2022-03-08 19:06:24
    12 local snapshots
    Oldest local snapshot: 2022-03-08 18:53:50
    Last local snapshot: 2022-03-17 12:29:33

    3rd party backup: Carbon Copy Cloner

Performance:
    System Load: 5.19 (1 min ago) 3.71 (5 min ago) 1.64 (15 min ago)
    Nominal I/O speed: 0.00 MB/s
    File system: 22.05 seconds
    Write speed: 436 MB/s
    Read speed: 423 MB/s

CPU Usage Snapshot:
    Type Overall
    System: 28 %
    User: 65 %
    Idle: 7 %

Top Processes Snapshot by CPU:
    Process (count) CPU (Source - Location)
    mds_stores 175.66 % (Apple)
    Dropbox (3) 99.36 % (Dropbox, Inc.)
    mds 24.24 % (Apple)
    kernel_task 15.60 % (Apple)
    EtreCheckPro 12.60 % (Etresoft, Inc.)

Top Processes Snapshot by Memory:
    Process (count) RAM usage (Source - Location)
    Dropbox (3) 1.07 GB (Dropbox, Inc.)
    EtreCheckPro 711 MB (Etresoft, Inc.)
    mds_stores 261 MB (Apple)
    Dropbox Web Helper (3) 232 MB (Dropbox, Inc.)
    Finder 185 MB (Apple)

Top Processes Snapshot by Network Use:
    Process Input / Output (Source - Location)
    Dropbox 130 KB / 2 MB (Dropbox, Inc.)
    mDNSResponder 171 KB / 113 KB (Apple)
    apsd 31 KB / 32 KB (Apple)
    CalendarAgent 25 KB / 14 KB (Apple)
    rapportd 7 KB / 31 KB (Apple)

Top Processes Snapshot by Energy Use:
    Process (count) Energy (0-100) (Source - Location)
    Dropbox (3) 43 (Dropbox, Inc.)
    WindowServer 4 (Apple)
    bluetoothd 1 (Apple)
    launchd 1 (Apple)
    NotificationCenter 0 (Apple)

Virtual Memory Information:
    Physical RAM: 16 GB

    Free RAM: 5.80 GB
    Used RAM: 4.70 GB
    Cached files: 5.50 GB

    Available RAM: 11.30 GB
    Swap Used: 0 B

Software Installs (past 60 days):
    Install Date Name (Version)
    2022-02-19 SiteSucker (4.3.3)
    2022-02-19 PhotoSweeper (4.3.0)
    2022-02-19 Grammarly for Safari (9.53)
    2022-02-19 Label LIVE (2.6.7)
    2022-02-19 Todoist (8.0.6)

Clean up:
    /Library/LaunchAgents/com.brother.LOGINserver.plist
        /Library/Printers/Brother/Utilities/Server/LOGINserver.app/Contents/MacOS/LOGINserver
        Executable not found
    /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.dymo.pnpd.plist
        /Library/Printers/DYMO/Utilities/pnpd
        Executable not found

Diagnostics Information (past 7-30 days):
    2022-03-17 11:29:40 mdsync - High CPU Use (16 times)
        Executable: /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/Metadata.framework/Versions/A/Support/mdsync

    2022-03-17 11:29:23 Dropbox.app - High CPU Use (20 times)
        Executable: /Applications/Dropbox.app

    2022-03-17 07:53:37 PDFpenPro.app - High CPU Use
        Executable: /Applications/PDFpenPro.app

    2022-03-16 17:15:36 signpost_reporter - High CPU Use (6 times)
        Executable: /usr/libexec/signpost_reporter

    2022-03-16 12:55:37 backupd - High CPU Use (3 times)
        Executable: /System/Library/CoreServices/backupd.bundle/Contents/Resources/backupd

    2022-03-13 20:57:19 Kernel Panic (2 times)
        Details:
            panic(cpu 3 caller 0xffffff801071c61a): initproc exited -- exit reaso
            n namespace 2 subcode 0xa description: none


    2022-03-11 11:57:21 Microsoft Word.app - Hang (2 times)
        Executable: /Applications/Microsoft Word.app

    2022-03-11 11:47:11 Safari.app - Hang
        Executable: /Applications/Safari.app


End of report
 
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Gregg2

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Your message is cryptic. You have a problem, alright. You have kernel panics. That's a hardware problem. You did not identify how it is impacting your computer. But, as this portends catastrophic failure if it persists, maybe all you need to know is that a new Mac is in your future, and very soon.
 
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Jayhawk Raven

macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 21, 2015
62
3
Kansas
I apologize for being so cryptic. I am intimidated and know I need help, so I appreciate you taking the time to respond.

My computer was slowing down to the point of being unusable for a while. I did everything I could think of to do. Several months ago I thought the internal hard drive was the problem. Since it is an iMac with (what I now know is a crappy) fusion drive, I opted to try to boot from an external drive. I have the system set up on a 1TB SSD (508 GB), and I have dropbox set up on another 1 TB SSD (693 GB). The other drives were the Fusion drive, which I do not use, two Time Machine backups, and a thumb drive that I had in the hub.

Switching to this setup was a definite improvement, until the last week or two. I don't know how to describe it other than that the system hangs. Seemingly without warning I will get beachballs while I am working. Sometimes I can switch to another app which seems to work fine, and sometimes it seems to drag down the entire system. I have tried waiting it out. Sometimes it will become functional again after a a few minutes. I have tried waiting it out, even leaving for an hour or two or even overnight, but that does not seem to help.

Gregg, I did not know that kernel panics were hardware problems. I also understand that you did not say that they were strictly hardware problems. Anyway, is there a way to determine which hardware might be causing it? I hate to throw away this beautiful monitor, which seems to work fine.

Brian, I did a clean install when I switched to the external boot drive. I think my only choice using the internet recovery was Monterey. I could try that again, but it took an entire day to install.
 

Lihp8270

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Your message is cryptic. You have a problem, alright. You have kernel panics. That's a hardware problem. You did not identify how it is impacting your computer. But, as this portends catastrophic failure if it persists, maybe all you need to know is that a new Mac is in your future, and very soon.
Kernal Panic does not equal hardware problem. It means exactly what it says.
 

BrianBaughn

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Feb 13, 2011
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If the Fusion drive is wonky there's the possibility it could be causing your issues even if you're not running the system from it or even accessing it for data at all.
 

Gregg2

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May 22, 2008
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I stand corrected. Kernal panics can be a sign of hardware failure, especially when they are frequent.

Did you run First Aid? There are many other suggestions out there that you could try. Do a search. I'd stay away from the MacKeeper site though.
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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OP wrote:
"I have the system set up on a 1TB SSD (508 GB), and I have dropbox set up on another 1 TB SSD (693 GB). The other drives were the Fusion drive, which I do not use, two Time Machine backups, and a thumb drive that I had in the hub."

OK, here's my suggestion.

DISCONNECT ALL DRIVES EXCEPT your external boot SSD.
Disconnect the hub, too.

Boot and run this way for 24-48 hours.
Does the situation change?

Come back here with the results.

Another question:
You say that you "do not use" the fusion drive.
Is it still mounting up on the desktop?
What happens if you eject it? (right click and choose eject)
 

Jayhawk Raven

macrumors member
Original poster
Oct 21, 2015
62
3
Kansas
The external SSD that I use for Dropbox is large enough to hold all of my dropbox files, so I turned Smart Sync off yesterday. Since then I have not had the extreme problems I was having before. That is, the computer has not frozen. Activity Monitory shows the CPU% for Dropbox has been hovering around 100% for the last hour. In that time I have seen it as high as 240% and as low as 40%. I have not added anything to the dropbox folder, so I have no idea what it might be thinking about.


Gregg, if you are referring to First Aid in Disk Utility I did run that. It did not find any problems.


Fishrrman, I have disconnected all of the drives except for the boot drive and the dropbox one. I cannot really work without having that drive connected. I just ejected the Fusion drive, and nothing remarkable happened. The drive was just removed.
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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Well, sumthin' tells me that Dropbox may be "the source" of your problems.
You'll either have to live with it, or "find another way...."
 
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