Which version would be best?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by hotkey, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. hotkey macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2010
    I have a mid 2010 mac mini - 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo 4 GB Ram. Using it for home media server and misc apps. It was running Mt Lion or Mavericks (I can't recall) and I updated to El Capitan. It got ugly. Seems like I have to reboot nearly daily to keep it running "smooth" and even then its laggy.

    I'll be happy to do a fresh install of a prior OSX but not sure what the experts recommend?


    Can I just do a USB clean install from Mavericks or Yosemite download from the App Store or do I need to have proof of prior version? (I think I have a Snow Leopard disc).
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    Unfortunately, you can not download Mavericks or Yosemite from the App Store unless you have previously downloaded it. Apple started removing the older OS from the App Store when the new OS is released starting with Mavericks. That means there is a jump from 10.7 or 10.8 (a purchase from Apple with a redemption code) to 10.11.
  3. JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015
    There is probably a reason why your computer is acting the way it is. We may be able to help you fix it. Could you download EtreCheck from here: https://etrecheck.com/#download then run the EtreCheck application, save the report and post it here. (Etrecheck does a diagnostic of your system and provides a report which we may be able to use to isolate your problem.)
  4. simon lefisch macrumors 6502a

    simon lefisch

    Sep 29, 2014
    OP, for what it's worth (and I know it's a PITA), I always do a clean install of a major OS version. I updated from Yosemite to El Cap and had all kinds of probs. After I did a clean install, smooth on my 2011 MBP.
  5. hotkey thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2010
    I'll try this over the weekend and report back.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 10, 2016 ---
    LOL in my Windows world I always do. I'm not a Mac whiz so I was trying to make it EZ on myself! But may have to do exactly that. Thx.
  6. hotkey thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2010
    Here is the report for your review:

    EtreCheck version: 2.9.12 (265)

    Report generated 2016-06-11 12:09:54

    Download EtreCheck from https://etrecheck.com

    Runtime 3:15

    Performance: Good

    Click the [Support] links for help with non-Apple products.

    Click the [Details] links for more information about that line.

    Click the [Remove] links to remove adware.

    Problem: No problem - just checking

    Hardware Information:

    Mac mini (Mid 2010)

    [Technical Specifications] - [User Guide] - [Warranty & Service]

    Mac mini - model: Macmini4,1

    1 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU: 2-core

    4 GB RAM Upgradeable - [Instructions]

    BANK 0/DIMM0

    2 GB DDR3 1067 MHz ok

    BANK 1/DIMM0

    2 GB DDR3 1067 MHz ok

    Bluetooth: Old - Handoff/Airdrop2 not supported

    Wireless: en1: 802.11 a/b/g/n

    Video Information:

    NVIDIA GeForce 320M - VRAM: 256 MB

    VSX-1120 1920 x 1080

    System Software:

    OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 (15E65) - Time since boot: about 2 days

    Disk Information:

    Hitachi HTS545050B9SA02 disk0 : (500.11 GB) (Rotational)

    EFI (disk0s1) <not mounted> : 210 MB

    Macintosh HD (disk0s2) / : 499.25 GB (389.32 GB free)

    Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted> [Recovery]: 650 MB


    USB Information:


    EFI (disk3s1) <not mounted> : 210 MB

    disk3s2 (disk3s2) <not mounted> : 4.00 TB


    Untitled (disk4s1) /Volumes/Untitled : 4.00 TB (779.35 GB free)

    Apple Inc. BRCM2070 Hub

    Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller

    Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver

    Firewire Information:

    OWC Mercury Elite unknown_device 800mbit - 800mbit max

    EFI (disk2s1) <not mounted> : 210 MB

    OWC Mercury Elite AL Pro (disk2s2) /Volumes/OWC Mercury Elite AL Pro : 2.00 TB (1.12 TB free)


    Mac App Store and identified developers



    ~/Library/Safari/Extensions/Amazon Shopping Assistant-2.safariextz

    2 adware files found. [Remove]

    Kernel Extensions:


    [loaded] com.iospirit.driver.rbiokithelper (1.28 - SDK 10.9 - 2016-06-03) [Support]


    [not loaded] com.Cycling74.driver.Soundflower (1.5.1 - 2016-06-03) [Support]

    Startup Items:

    TuxeraNTFSUnmountHelper: Path: /Library/StartupItems/TuxeraNTFSUnmountHelper

    Startup items are obsolete in OS X Yosemite

    System Launch Agents:

    [not loaded] 7 Apple tasks

    [loaded] 161 Apple tasks

    [running] 70 Apple tasks

    System Launch Daemons:

    [failed] com.apple.csrutil.report.plist

    [not loaded] 44 Apple tasks

    [loaded] 154 Apple tasks

    [running] 89 Apple tasks

    Launch Agents:

    [loaded] com.google.keystone.agent.plist (2016-03-01) [Support]

    [loaded] org.macosforge.xquartz.startx.plist (2013-11-10) [Support]

    Launch Daemons:

    [failed] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist (2016-04-15) [Support]

    [loaded] com.google.keystone.daemon.plist (2016-03-01) [Support]

    [loaded] com.iospirit.candelair.daemon.plist (2016-02-29) [Support]

    [loaded] com.iospirit.candelair.loadiremulation.plist (2016-02-29) [Support]

    [loaded] com.iospirit.candelair.sync.plist (2016-02-29) [Support]

    [loaded] org.macosforge.xquartz.privileged_startx.plist (2013-11-10) [Support]

    User Launch Agents:

    [failed] com.google.GoogleContactSyncAgent.plist (2014-01-23) [Support]

    [not loaded] com.google.keystone.agent.plist (2011-04-11) [Support]

    User Login Items:

    Plex Application (/Applications/Plex.app)

    Air Video Server HD Application (/Applications/Air Video Server HD.app)

    Plex Media Server Application (/Applications/Plex Media Server.app)

    EvernoteHelper Application (/Applications/Evernote.app/Contents/Library/LoginItems/EvernoteHelper.app)

    iTunes Application (/Applications/iTunes.app)

    QuicKeys Application (/Applications/QuicKeys.app)

    Other Apps:

    [running] com.evernote.EvernoteHelper.4512

    [running] com.google.Chrome.48352

    [running] com.inmethod.AirVideoServerHD.45792

    [running] com.plexapp.plex.55392

    [running] com.plexapp.plexmediaserver.55072

    [running] com.quickeys.quickeys.56672

    [running] com.quickeys.quickeysbackgroundengine.69472

    [running] com.quickeys.usereventhelper.71392

    [running] org.TrueCryptFoundation.TrueCrypt.57632

    [loaded] 399 Apple tasks

    [running] 181 Apple tasks

    Internet Plug-ins:

    Silverlight: 4.0.60129.0 (2011-04-15) [Support]

    FlashPlayer-10.6: - SDK 10.6 (2016-04-21) [Support]

    QuickTime Plugin: 7.7.3 (2016-03-12)

    Flash Player: - SDK 10.6 (2016-04-21) Outdated! Update

    iPhotoPhotocast: 7.0 - SDK 10.8 (2013-04-29)

    Default Browser: 601 - SDK 10.11 (2016-03-12)

    Safari Extensions:

    Amazon Shopping Assistant - Spigot, Inc. - http://www.spigot.com/ (2014-05-14) Adware! [Remove]

    3rd Party Preference Panes:

    AirServer (2012-07-26) [Support]

    Candelair (2016-02-29) [Support]

    RCDefaultApp (2009-09-19)

    Flash Player (2016-04-15) [Support]

    Perian (2011-07-23) [Support]

    Tuxera NTFS (2016-05-22) [Support]

    Time Machine:

    Time Machine not configured!

    Top Processes by CPU:

    28% mdworker(8)

    10% kernel_task

    7% Plex

    7% WindowServer

    1% coreaudiod

    Top Processes by Memory:

    791 MB Google Chrome Helper(7)

    449 MB kernel_task

    197 MB Google Chrome

    164 MB mdworker(8)

    119 MB iTunes

    Virtual Memory Information:

    45 MB Free RAM

    4.21 GB Used RAM (1.09 GB Cached)

    2 MB Swap Used

    Diagnostics Information:

    Jun 9, 2016, 02:37:42 PM Self test - passed

    Jun 9, 2016, 02:35:20 PM /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/QuickTime Player_2016-06-09-143520_[redacted].hang

    /Applications/QuickTime Player.app/Contents/MacOS/QuickTime Player

    Jun 9, 2016, 02:32:20 PM /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/Google Chrome_2016-06-09-143220_[redacted].hang

    /Applications/Google Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google Chrome

    Jun 9, 2016, 02:31:54 PM /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/VLC_2016-06-09-143154_[redacted].hang


    Jun 9, 2016, 02:14:23 PM /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/uTorrent_2016-06-09-141423_[redacted].hang

    --- Post Merged, Jun 11, 2016 ---
    What if a do a clean install with original Snow Leopard disk and then update?
  7. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    Mavericks & Yosemite are still not available for download from the App Store unless you have previously downloaded it from the App Store.
  8. hotkey thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2010
    OK. Perhaps El C would run better over a clean install. I don't know. I'm kinda at a loss. In my mind its wrong of Apple to pull those updates out of play.
  9. JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015
    The EtreCheck reports says that you have some malware on the computer. Try downloading and running MalWareBytes:


    It also says you have an out of date version of Flash Player which should be updated.

    You have a lot of third party software which may or may not be compatible with El Capitan and you might check for updates, for instance, Remote Buddy and Perian.

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