Mavericks 10.9 painfully slow on Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Ramanonos, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. Ramanonos macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2013
    There seems to a lot of dissatisfaction with Mavericks, but I'm hopeful my issue is fixable. The performance since the upgrade is horrible. Chrome hangs. Firefox doesn't seem to be much better. I need to manually quit Dropbox in order to get a single browser window to open, which ussually works after 5mins of force quitting dropbox. Obviously something is very wrong and interfering. I ran verify disk permissions and verify disk. All is well there. I updated Java and my Chrome+firefox is current. I have a MBP, with 8GB RAM. Is there an app somewhere causing trouble? How should I proceed with root cause? I perfer not to wait until Apple fixes this. My Laptop is unusable in current state. Here's data dump from EtreCheck:

    Hardware Information:

    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)

    MacBook Pro - model: MacBookPro8,2

    1 2 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU: 4 cores

    8 GB RAM

    Video Information:

    Intel HD Graphics 3000 - VRAM: 512 MB

    AMD Radeon HD 6490M - VRAM: 256 MB

    Audio Plug-ins:

    BluetoothAudioPlugIn: Version: 1.0

    AirPlay: Version: 1.9

    AppleAVBAudio: Version: 2.0.0

    iSightAudio: Version: 7.7.3

    Startup Items:

    VirtualBox - Path: /Library/StartupItems/VirtualBox

    System Software:

    OS X 10.9 (13A603) - Uptime: 0 days 15:37:19

    Disk Information:

    Hitachi HTS545050B9A302 disk0 : (500.11 GB)

    EFI (disk0s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB

    Macintosh HD (disk0s2) /: 499.25 GB (146.3 GB free)

    Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted>: 650 MB


    USB Information:

    Apple Inc. FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in)

    Apple Inc. BRCM2070 Hub

    Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller

    Apple Inc. Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad

    Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver

    FireWire Information:

    Thunderbolt Information:

    Apple Inc. thunderbolt_bus

    Kernel Extensions:

    org.virtualbox.kext.VBoxDrv (4.0.4)

    org.virtualbox.kext.VBoxUSB (4.0.4)

    Problem System Launch Daemons:

    Problem System Launch Agents:

    Launch Daemons:

    [loaded] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist

    [loaded] com.anchorfree.ajaxserver.plist

    [loaded] com.barebones.authd.plist

    [loaded] com.crashplan.engine.plist



    [loaded] org.macosforge.xquartz.privileged_startx.plist

    Launch Agents:

    [loaded] com.divx.dms.agent.plist

    [loaded] com.divx.update.agent.plist


    [loaded] com.hp.messagecenter.launcher.plist

    [loaded] com.lost.smoke.plist

    [loaded] org.macosforge.xquartz.startx.plist

    User Launch Agents:


    [loaded] com.crashplan.javacheck.plist

    [loaded] com.divx.agent.postinstall.plist

    [loaded] com.plexapp.helper.plist

    [loaded] com.spotify.webhelper.plist

    [not loaded] org.virtualbox.vboxwebsrv.plist

    User Login Items:



    VMware Fusion Start Menu

    Amazon Cloud Drive

    Hotspot Shield


    Google Drive

    CrashPlan menu bar


    3rd Party Preference Panes:


    Flash Player




    Internet Plug-ins:

    Default Browser.plugin



    Flash Player.plugin








    QuickTime Plugin.plugin



    User Internet Plug-ins:

    Google Earth Web Plug-in.plugin


    Bad Fonts:


    Time Machine:

    Time Machine not configured!

    Top Processes by CPU:

    30% plugin-container

    27% firefox

    22% WindowServer

    2% java

    1% EtreCheck

    1% hidd

    0% fontd

    0% smoke

    0% mds

    0% sysmond

    Top Processes by Memory:

    396 MB firefox

    172 MB Finder

    139 MB java

    139 MB plugin-container

    82 MB Dropbox

    74 MB WindowServer

    66 MB mds_stores

    66 MB

    57 MB smoke

    41 MB EtreCheck

    Virtual Memory Statistics:

    3.84 GB Free RAM

    1.65 GB Active RAM

    689 MB Inactive RAM

    1.30 GB Wired RAM

    1.98 GB Page-ins

    2 MB Page-outs
  2. miscend macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2009
    Did you do a clean install instead of upgrade?

    Failure to that I would downgrade to the last stable OSX you had. And wait for Apple to bugfix Mavericks.
  3. Ramanonos thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2013
    I just did the upgrade from 10.8 to 10.9 - you know the one that Apple said is as easy as clicking a button...:)

    I guess I'm looking for a quick hit fix to at least stabilize things until Apple gets their act together. Doing a "clean install" or "reverting back" to 10.8 sounds kinda scary, especially when I can't seem to muster up enough Mac power to get DropBox or Crashplan to back up things in case something breaks. I'm loosing faith in Apple lately and something breaking seems more likely.
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada

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