Month old rMBP slowing to a crawl - sometimes

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by porthole2, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. porthole2 macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2014
    First off, I am new to the Mac world.
    But, I am quite surprised how much of a performance issue has reared, especially comparing it to my 6 year Win XP desktop.

    My month old, top model rMBP/16GB/1TB is starting to slow considerably. Not sure where to start looking.

    I am using a 4 TB Segate USB 3.0 drive for Time Machine
    I am using a 4 TB Lacie TB drive to store pictures and video.

    200 GB's of the SSD are dedicated to Bootcamp/parallels/Windows 7

    Time Machine is being run set with the defaults. I also have Crashplan running, but have exited the program to see if that makes a difference.

    Basically what i am finding is webpages, which used to be instant, now sometimes take quite some time to open - when the system is slowing down.

    Exploring my picture or time machine drive - when I click on a folder sometimes it takes 10-15 seconds to display the folder, frequently getting the beach ball.

    Sending a web URL using a Gmail extension in Chrome sometimes takes 10- seconds before the email screen will fill in.
    I've noticed using Activity Monitor, that when ever viewing web pages there are 10 or more "processes" of "Google Chrome Helper" listed.

    Clicking on emails (native mail) sometimes gives me sizable delays. Sometimes the actual email window is blank, even though the counter will be showing a positive number of messages.

    I have run Utility Disk/ Verify disk with varying results.
    330 GB's is currently available of the Mac partition of 800 GB's, which I assume puts me well under the "80% rule"

    My Mac HD and the Lacie drives check as OK, the Time Machine failed with the following log:
    2014-04-09 13:55:52 -0400:

    2014-04-09 13:59:03 -0400: Verifying volume “Time Machine”
    2014-04-09 13:59:03 -0400: Starting verification tool:
    2014-04-09 13:59:35 -0400: Checking file system
    2014-04-09 13:59:39 -0400: Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume.
    2014-04-09 13:59:39 -0400: Checking extents overflow file.
    2014-04-09 13:59:56 -0400: Checking catalog file.
    2014-04-09 14:29:34 -0400: Checking multi-linked files.
    2014-04-09 14:29:37 -0400: Checking catalog hierarchy.
    2014-04-09 14:29:47 -0400: Checking extended attributes file.
    2014-04-09 14:41:05 -0400: The volume Time Machine could not be verified completely.
    2014-04-09 14:41:09 -0400: Error: This disk needs to be repaired. Click Repair Disk.
    2014-04-09 14:41:09 -0400:

    2014-04-09 14:41:09 -0400: Disk Utility stopped verifying “Time Machine”: This disk needs to be repaired. Click Repair Disk.

    2014-04-09 14:41:09 -0400:

    2014-04-09 14:43:26 -0400: Verify and Repair volume “Time Machine”
    2014-04-09 14:43:26 -0400: Starting repair tool:
    2014-04-09 14:43:56 -0400: Volume repair complete.
    2014-04-09 14:43:56 -0400: Updating boot support partitions for the volume as required.
    2014-04-09 14:43:56 -0400: Error: Live file system repair is not supported.
    2014-04-09 14:43:56 -0400:

    2014-04-09 14:43:56 -0400: Disk Utility stopped repairing “Time Machine”: Live file system repair is not supported.

    2014-04-09 14:43:56 -0400:

    Are there any monitors that I could be running that would create a log that would show what is causing a slowdown?
    Using activity monitor I have found nothing that makes sense to me.
  2. simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    Try repairing your partitions with disk utility while booted in the recovery partition (hold cmd + R on boot).
  3. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Use the Activity Monitor, find out what is using the CPU/disk/network and causing the apparent slowness then go from there....
  4. porthole2 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2014
    Whatever the issue is with that drive - the OS included utilities, Windows or Mac will not fix it.
    Repair, format etc it will not complete without errors. On a Win XP machine it sees the drive but will not access it.

    So, I'll be without a Time Machine drive for a bit and will see if that was affecting anything.
  5. porthole2 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2014
    Whenever there was a performance issue, Activity Monitor did not show anything that I would consider abnormal, mostly very low CPU %, single digit for the most part.

    Although the memory usage I don't know about.
    Right now, with a fresh boot and only Mail and Chrome opened by me I have:
    Memory usage listed in MB's
    Kernal 940
    Crashplan 186
    WIndowserver 168 150
    Dropbox 96
    Mail 94

    Google chrome 92
    And - 25 separate listings of "google chrome helper" ranging from 12mb's to 75mb's, totaling 900+ mb's

    The memory used monitor on the bottom almost always 15+GB's of the 16 total used
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Can you download BlackMagic Disk speed test and benchmark your SSD's speed?

    Chrome is a resource hog and is known to slow down OS X. Try switching to Safari and see.

    Chrome is good on Windows, but stay away from it at all costs on OS X.
  7. porthole2 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2014
    Downloaded, really don't know what it means, but both needles were pegged, 750-850 depending on when I looked at it.

    I was told Safari was not the best. Only used Chrome because it linked with my windows version as far as links went.
    I was using Firefox on the PC, but that was causing all kinds of memory issues.

    That is close to what I was told about Safari.

    So perhaps my Time Machine drive was causing the issue?

    I have not been able to repair it using either my Win 7 PC or the Mac's disk utility. So the drive has been disconnected all day. S far things "seem" to be OK.

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