Why isn't Mac OS X as solid as 6+ months ago

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by M. Malone, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. M. Malone macrumors 6502a

    M. Malone

    Mar 11, 2004
    my macs aren't as stable as before, they're starting to act like Windows machines, at first, I thought it was only my Intel iMac, but my 2+ year old PowerBook is starting to do the same, here are the symptoms I experience, let me know if anyone notices the same or can help out with fixing them:

    1. My iMac keeps reducing its brightness, even though I told it not to, so I checked "reduce brightness" then restarted, then unchecked reduce brightness, it worked, never reduced brightness, but then I shut down, then turned it on the next day, the brightness reduces, I check the energy saver, and "reduce brightness" is unchecked, why does it think it should reduce brightness?

    2. I have iScroll on my PowerBook, ever since it was released, and I've been on the same version since last summer. Now for the last month or so it started to disable itself. I would be browsing or something, suddenly I have no 2 finger scrolling, I check Preferences, and it's disabled, I enable it, few hours later, it disables again.

    3. on the top in the menu bar, the icons disappear (volume, airport, bluetooth, clock), then when I hover my mouse over them, they appear once again. (Both Machines)

    4. Mail sometimes won't quit, it closes the window when I tell it to quit, but Mail still doesn't quit, after a while it stops responding and I have to force quit. happens on both machines

    5. On my iMac, if I let it stay idle for longer than 10 minutes or so, or if it's sleeping, then come back to use it and click on an app like Safari, iChat, Mail, etc. the Dock freezes for a few seconds, then the Safari icon bounces more times than I can count, then it finally opens, this happens sometimes with a beach ball. What I have to do is, when I come back to the iMac, I move the mouse, and wait for a minute or so, then everything works perfect, but I would prefer I can open my apps as soon as I awake it or move the mouse when it was on idle. However, the computer is super fast, but it seems to have problems with startup. It's like me when I don't pay attention in class then the professor says to me "answer that question" but I wasn't focusing then I panic and become unresponsive, is this normal? cause my PowerBook never does that, if I leave it for an hour, then come back to it, everything works smoothly.

    for now, this is what I experience, anybody else have something like that?
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    1. I'm still having the reduced brightness problem on my 15.2 inch PowerBook 1.33 GHz, even though I've gone through similar steps to change it.

    2. I'm using iScroll 2 version 0.25 and it's just fine. There is probably another version by now but I haven't seen it.
  3. technicolor macrumors 68000


    Dec 21, 2005
    I thought it was just me thinking this. My intel is fine. My Imac g5 is a mess.... I swear sometiems I cant even download a picture from the net without seeing the beach ball.
  4. tonyl macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2006
    I feel a little slower internet browsing in my G5 DP 2.0 comparing to my Pentium-M laptop.
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Using what browser?
  6. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
  7. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    You should--that's how it is.
  8. blueflame macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2003
    Studio City
    what do you mean? I also find that safaris is Much slower on mac than any browser on windows
  9. UKnjb macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2005
    London, UK
    I am running a PowerMac and PowerBook G4, both with fully-updated Panther (can't see the virtue or need in upgrading to Tiger).
    I have never had any problems with either of them. No apps hanging, no screens flickering ---- not one bad thing. Rock solid. Quick and reliable.
    This is not me bragging - just wondering.
    Sorry for any woes out there.
  10. Project macrumors 68020

    Aug 6, 2005
    My iBook has become quite annoying since I update to 10.4.6. Lots more beechballs, Safari quitting a lot etc.
  11. berg macrumors member


    Apr 12, 2006
    Hi everybody ...

    If your machine is acting a little strange after an update or is a little sluggish there are some quick easy steps to solve 99% of these problems .

    1. Repair Disk and Permissions
    These steps will check for, and usually repair, any corruption on your OS X boot volume

    A/ Boot from your Mac OS X Install Disc 1 CD or DVD. Put disc in drive, wait for it to show up on the desktop, then go to upper left of screen under the Apple menu and choose restart. Immediately hold the "c" key down until you see the apple logo.

    If you can't get to your login screen insert the install disc in the drive and do an emergency shutdown as described in your computers manual. Then restart and immediately hold down the "c" key until you see the apple logo.

    B/ When the Installer window opens, select Installer > Disk Utility from the Apple® menu bar.

    C/ When the Disk Utility window opens, select "Macintosh HD" in the list on the left.

    D/ Select the First Aid tab on the right

    E/ Select the "Repair Disk" button on the lower right of the screen. If errors are returned repeat this process 2 or 3 times until they are gone.

    If you still get errors then you will need to use a third-party disk utility to repair your Mac OS X boot volume, such as Alsoft® Disk Warrior®

    F/ After Repair Disk completes .. click on "Repair Permissions" .. after this completes then go to Disk Utility > Quit. Focus returns to Installer.

    G/ Go to Installer > Quit. In the next menu choose Quit again and the computer will restart in OSX

    2. Download and Run this ...Onyx
    Go to Automation Pane ..
    Check all the boxes EXCEPT
    1. Optimize the system
    2. Hidden DS Store Files
    3. Links between documents and applications

    Also choose "Clear All" in the button box for caches. Then execute

    These settings perform three basic troubleshooting procedures ...
    A) Repairs permissions
    B) Runs Unix maintenance (cron) scripts
    C) Clears caches

    Before any system or security update ..
    1. Disconnect all peripherals except keyboard and mouse ..
    2. Make sure sleep and screensaver are disabled ....
    3. Quit all other apps ..

    If you really want to do your machine a favor ... buy Disk Warrior and rebuild your directory a couple of times a year .... Your machine will be just like new ...
    Disk Warrior

    DiskWarrior is the safest, the most technologically advanced, and the most powerful utility to eliminate directory damage available for any computer. DiskWarrior uses a different approach to disk directory repair than other programs. DiskWarrior is not a disk repair program in the conventional sense. Instead of patching the original directory, it uses a patent-pending technology to quickly build a new replacement directory using data recovered from the original directory, thereby recovering files and folders that you thought were lost and that no other program could recover.
    But the best use of DiskWarrior is for preventative maintenance of your disks. Many forms of directory damage do not manifest themselves until long after the damage has actually occurred. You can prevent this damage from escalating by running DiskWarrior on your disks regularly. DiskWarrior will rebuild your disk directory, eliminating all existing directory damage. The directory DiskWarrior creates is also optimized for maximum directory performance, and this will speed up the performance of your disk.

    Happy computing!

    P.S. if you're seeing the beachball ...
    The Spinning Beach Ball of Death by
    Dr. Smoke

    Set System Preferences/Energy Saver/Processor at "Highest" Performance (if applicable)
  12. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    The biggest part of the problem is that the web data is primarily stored in a format that is x86-oriented instead of something for every other processor, small and large.

    I used to see that running a browser in Virtual PC with Win98 was faster than running it straight through Mac OS on that same machine--impossible, right?

    Since the Windows-based browser doesn't have to byte-swap all of the information, it just goes about the business of rendering and the extra step makes a lot of difference in speed.

    Of course, there are also differences in development with there not really being a commercial compiler in use on Mac OS X. Apple's version of gcc may be very good but a commercial compiler would do so much better and speed up things tremendously. I'm not sure Intel's icc will be of use since it's better at benchmarks than applications.

    Still, the people at Apple have done a pretty amazing job of making gcc and Mac OS X pretty efficient.
  13. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    My ibook has slowed a bit as well, I've run all the previously stated ideas except diskwarrior, and they helped, so maybe I'll try that see if it speeds up even more...
    or I guess i could save up 150$ to buy a gig of ram:p
  14. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    I don't think so. Text=N/A, GIF=little endian, JPEG=big endian, PNG=big endian. If anything, that favors PPC. What else is there? Flash? Dunno about that. But it's not necessarily even an issue...Quicktime is little endian...really!

  15. tonyl macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2006
    I use Safari in my G5, Firefox in my laptop.
  16. CubaTBird macrumors 68020

    Apr 18, 2004
    for me... safari just crawls on some websites.. i have just started using firefox again and things seem alright... i like the themes and stuff.. they look cooool:cool:

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