Upgraded to mavericks and now everything running so slow.

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Brother Seamus

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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?
 

maflynn

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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.
 

Brother Seamus

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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.
 

iHackPro

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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.
 

bobr1952

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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.
 

Brother Seamus

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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.
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...
You can't use this version of the application "Disk Utility" with this version of OS X.

You have "Disk Utility" 10.5.
 

HenryDJP

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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.
"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. ;)
 

Brother Seamus

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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. ;)
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.
 

HenryDJP

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

All the buttons and sliders are different for a start.
Seriously??? That would make you downgrade to an older OS? I never noticed the difference. And what buttons? :rolleyes:

Open a finder window and can't find anything I'm used to. Where's the library etc?
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.
 

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