The Pinwheel

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hrothgar, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Hrothgar macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    New York
    I know every PC owner thinks his or her machine slows down over time. I think my 2-year old 17" MBP is slowing. I'm getting the pinwheel more and more. Often, I'm just surfing the net, maybe with iTunes idle in the background. Sometimes streaming iTunes through my Aexpress. On a few occasions I'll add Word for Mac.

    More and more times, both surfing and switching around programs, I get the pinwheel. Also, when I go into find and start scrolling, say, through the applications list, it takes a good 20 seconds or so to "load" completely and stop moving "jerky".

    I do have VM Fusion loaded on my machine. When that is running, everything slows down considerably (although I gather it's not supposed to).

    Is there a diagnostic I can run or something?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    How much RAM do you have, which MBP model, is your hard drive full, what is your CPU activity (Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor > select All Processes and sort by CPU)?

    You could use ONYX to clean up some stuff.

    What OS are you using? (10.4, 10.5)
  3. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    You could use ONYX. In the mean time you can try some of the basics:

    1. Delete "Caches" folder from ~/Library/
    2. Empty Caches in and reset it.

    Usually deleting the "Caches" folder from the users Library folder does wonders especially if you have never removed or delete it. 2 years of junk just sitting there can slow your system down. You should see an immediate change.
  4. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    how safe is it to do this? is everything in there useless for system function?
  5. MarcBook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    It's safe to clear caches as they're meant to be temporary stores of information, such as Web browser caches.

    • (also cache memory) Computing an auxiliary memory from which high-speed retrieval is possible.

    It is a good idea to run maintenance scripts, unless your Mac is on overnight regularly. They're programmed to run in the middle of the night... :confused:

    Repairing permissions is that peculiar Mac thing, but it helps. :)
  6. Hrothgar thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2009
    New York
    I've got:
    Mac OS X 10.5.6
    Processor: 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Do
    Memory 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    Hard drive: Capacity: 148.73; Available 50.63
    CPU Usage: 99-95% idle

    What are maintenance scripts?

  7. Jurwin macrumors regular


    The pinwheel only occurs to me when I'm using firefox beta 3.1 b3 and/or safari beta 4. It's annoying, I always get it when a page starts loading.
  8. dissdnt macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    I recently formatted and put osx back on, installed on the few programs i really use and my machine has been really snappy.

    If your up for it, do it.

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