RESOLVED: Lots of Sierra problems - poor scrolling, fans spinning, etc

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by ls1dreams, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. ls1dreams, Jun 22, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2017

    ls1dreams macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    I recently upgraded my 2011 Macbook Pro (8gb ram/SSD) from El Cap to Sierra 10.12.5.
    Previously, I had no issues, but the macbook did run a bit hot and fans ran under load all the time.

    Now, I'm facing 2 major problems:

    1. My touchpad scrolling is awful and inconsistent. It will do 1-2 normal scrolls, and then like a very short scroll or none at all. (Latest version of chrome, but also seems to happen with finder and others).

    2. My fans are running nearly constantly under any kind of load now, way, way more than before, and this happened immediately after upgrading.

    What I've tried:
    - Checked activity monitor for anything running - spotlight is not indexing, and apple photos is not enabled so neither of those are hogging the background
    - No update processes running in the background
    - Reset SMC since I read that it sometimes can help with fans
    - Ran hardware diagnostics on reboot - everything came back normal

    None of these have changed anything, and I'm just about to revert back to El Cap unless someone has ideas.

    Anything else I could check last minute before giving up? Should I post some kind of system logs?

    UPDATE: This is a Google Chrome issue. Google apparently stopped supporting graphics acceleration for HD3000 chipsets (and possibly HD4000 chipsets) in mid-2016. That means anything Chrome related is incredibly slow and cpu bound. (Slack and other apps for example use electron to run them which = chrome). Switch to Safari or Firefox!!!

    https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!topic/chromium-reviews/I6dL_9IAwiE
     
  2. andreyush macrumors 6502

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    Go back to ElCap and wait for HighSierra

    I installed Sierra too and I barely have 2 or 3 programs compatible or updated with it.
    ElCap is stable and is still good. Also it's not worth to update to Sierra. it's not that of a big deal
     
  3. ls1dreams thread starter macrumors 6502

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    13" early 2011 with the i5-2415
     
  4. upandown Suspended

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    Make a USB install stick and do a clean install. Solves many problems.
     
  5. ls1dreams thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Was going to try that next!
     
  6. Audit13 macrumors 6502a

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    Running a clean install of Sierra on two different early 2011 13" MBP and no problems. I upgraded a third one from Yosemite to Sierra using the app store.

    Hopefully, a fresh install will solve the issue.
     
  7. ls1dreams, Jun 25, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2017

    ls1dreams thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Happy to report that a fresh install seems to be working fine so far! It does feel a little bit slower overall than El Cap, but that seems to be the trend.

    EDIT: The problem returned. See below for the real "fix".
     
  8. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    You forgot something: "clean install" We never do this with troubleshooting because we don't wanna back up, or it takes to much time to install the OS clean.. But its the one thing that always solves the issue is most cases...

    Any issues with an upgrade and other troubleshooting issues tried and failed at , i always clean install, no matter what.

    Only then, i freak out if it still bothers me.
     
  9. ls1dreams thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's funny because before Macs I re-installed Windows annually to keep it fast. My macbook had gone 6 years on upgrades only.
     
  10. ls1dreams thread starter macrumors 6502

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    UPDATE: This is a Google Chrome issue. Google apparently stopped supporting graphics acceleration for HD3000 chipsets (and possibly HD4000 chipsets) in mid-2016. That means anything Chrome related is incredibly slow and cpu bound. (Slack and other apps for example use electron to run them which = chrome). Switch to Safari or firefox.

    https://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/forum/#!topic/chromium-reviews/I6dL_9IAwiE
     
  11. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

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    Suggest you change the title of the thread to indicate the problem is resolved.
     
  12. ls1dreams thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Done.
     

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