Upgraded to mavericks and now everything running so slow.

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Brother Seamus, Mar 2, 2014.

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  1. Brother Seamus macrumors newbie

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    Yesterday, I upgraded to Mavericks, which turns out to have been a huge mistake.

    Safari and Mail are running so slowly it feels like I'm on an old dial up connection. Especially Safari.

    Is this a common problem?
    And is there a fix?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    One option is to back everything up and try a clean install. Many people have reported improved performance from going this route.
     
  3. Brother Seamus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks,

    If I do try anything like that, I'd be re-installing an older OS.
    Besides the impaired functionality, I really don't like the look of Mavericks.
     
  4. iHackPro macrumors regular

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    What are your machine specs? I haven't had any speed issues with Mavericks, but I'm not running a slouch of a machine.
     
  5. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    Definitely need the specs. Mavericks is great on my 2012 rMBP but a bit pokey on my 2008 iMac with only 2GB RAM--so some more info on your system would help.
     
  6. Brother Seamus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, I should have pout this in my first post....


    iMac
    24-inch, Early 2008

    Processor 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory 4 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS 512 MB

    Just trying to open disk utility to try sped up this mess but can't even do that!
    Getting a message popping up...
     
  7. iHackPro macrumors regular

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    You might try a RAM upgrade, 800MHZ is quite slow. Your GPU and CPU are both decent though.
     
  8. HenryDJP macrumors 603

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    "Impaired functionality?" You don't like the "Look"??? It looks exactly like Mountain Lion, which looks exactly like Lion and offers more functionality. There were no UI changes in Mavericks. Doesn't sound like you really used it, or at all... and the fact that you just created an account to say that leaves your post suspect. ;)
     
  9. Brother Seamus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Impaired functionality is what I'd call it. Slow and buggy.

    All the buttons and sliders are different for a start.
    Open a finder window and can't find anything I'm used to. Where's the library etc?

    Maybe I need to update my RAM, but all was working fine two days ago.
    This is almost as bad as iOS7 on my wife's phone.
     
  10. HenryDJP macrumors 603

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    As was said earlier. Back up your stuff, erase the hard drive completely and install Mavericks. Problem solved for most everyone here that did this including myself.

    Seriously??? That would make you downgrade to an older OS? I never noticed the difference. And what buttons? :rolleyes:

    Come on man, the Library was removed from the Finder window by default since Snow Leopard which was 3 OS's ago. To access it is as simple as holding down the OPTION key and hitting the GO button in the Menu Bar. It's right there.
     
  11. Brother Seamus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just checked and it seems that is as fast as I can install on this iMac.
    Early 2008 model.
     
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