Snow Leopard is Slow, Hangs and Generally Not Working Quite Right

Discussion in 'macOS' started by northy124, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Hey guys,

    Recently Snow Leopard has become one slow ass OS, and I originally though it was because I was going low on HDD Space I was at 11GB free, went and deleted a lot of stuff and it was still slow, currently on 13GB, but it doesn't seem to of been that.

    I am now thinking it may have something to do with deleting the preference files for Spotlight because it wasn't working correctly (but that made it worse, won't find Apps).

    But I am not sure if that is it either, CPU is not really used much either, and all that is happening is Beach Balls 24/7 so is there anything I can do to find the root cause of the issue before doing a fresh install of Snow Leopard (which will take hell of a lot of time as I need to ask my parents to send it back, so would rather there is a fix without reinstallation).

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Sounds like you could probably benefit from a lot of things

    How large is your HDD?
    Having 13 GB is not a lot of free space to work with unless you have a very small HDD

    Yes, if you have mucked around in the system from time to time as you say, a fresh install of SL might be in order as well
  3. northy124 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    My HDD is 120GB, I was thinking that it would be better to do the fresh install right of the bat but I have to wait a week or two for the Family Edition to be sent back to me :/ so that is why I wondered if I can do anything without the need but today it seems to be the worse and it looks like the CPU isn't even being used at all for anything would could explain a lot :eek:
  4. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    Format, reinstall fresh and/or just buying a new hard drive.

    How old is that thing anyway, the hard drive and what is it in ?
  5. northy124 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Two years I'd say.

    I guess it will be a fresh install then, kind of wanted to avoid but if I can't then I can live with it :D
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  7. northy124 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    No, Usenet :D

    Could the constant unraring have something to do with my issues?
  8. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    I had this issue and the fault was Spotlight. You can try forcing Spotlight to reindex your drive by typing this in Terminal:
    sudo mdutil -E / 
  9. duky macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    North Carolina
    I hope you haven't said this in your post because I can't see it anywhere but what machine are you using?

    I would also say do a fresh install, and restore from backup (just files/docs/prefs, but not system settings)
  10. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Probably not unrar.

    Few things:
    1. You don't have a lot of free space
    2. It's likely that you might be using large files that are too big for the OSX built in defrag. However the rar pieces are usually within the defrag sizes though.
    3. Could be hardware issue (harddrive going to fail?)

    Few things to do:
    Create new test account, see if it's problematic under that
    Archive and install
  11. northy124 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Tried that, got told indexing was disabled :/
    Will try the test account thing now :D
  12. rootsmaneuver macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2006
    snow leopard ran pretty sluggishly when I UPGRADED from leopard. a fresh install solved all my problems with Snow Leopard and now it runs beautifully.

    Yes larger HDD is a must, and there is a chance it is dying. My internal HDD recently was found to have bad blocks (which I swapped for a warranty replacement). Prior to that, the OS and apps were hanging frequently.

    Back up your data and do a clean install.
  13. northy124 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    I have just done the 10th restart today (after it froze in the new account and did nothing) and it appears that it has done the trick :D it doesn't seem to hang thus far but I do think I'll do a Fresh Install in a couple of days time anyway :D also Spotlight is working.

    Thanks for the help guys :)

    Must remember that switching it off at least 10 times sorts it :p

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