What are these processes?

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  1. insomniac321123 macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2006

    What are the first two processes in this picture: kernel_task and syslogd?

    My computer has been running slower then usual and getting the beachball of death a lot more often recently. Any tips to get it moving a little faster?

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  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    kernel_task is basically the core of the OS--it's normal, vital, and those CPU and RAM numbers look fine.

    syslogd has something to do with system logging, and should NOT be using 80+ percent of your CPU--that's probably the cause of the misbehavior you're seeing. Only question is what it is that's causing syslogd to go nuts.

    If you're on Leopard, it sounds rather like the "Time Machine causes runaway syslogd" problem:


    ...hopefully that post will help you work it out, but basically try turning off Time Machine and see if that helps, by way of a diagnostic.

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