Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2012 7:31 AM (in response to goitaca-ce)
I decided to do a clean install of hte whole system, and then recover my documents and some apps from my Time Machine backup.
I don't think you've thought this through. If the problem exists on your Mac and you've backed it up with Time Machine, restoring from Time Machine may very well bring back the problem, since you don't know what it is at this point. You culd find yourself back at the same point you are now.
Let's hold off on that idea until we know what the problem is and how to solve it.
I would suggest you download and run Applejack. You startup by pressing Command-S at startup until you see white on black text, then type 'applejack AUTO' and let it run through everything and then reboot. Then you can see if the problem continues, or to what extend. It may take more than one reboot to determine if the problem is still there.
Since I am gonna erase the whole HD, should I just install OS Lion or re-install SL?
Don't need to erase your hard drive; there's nothing wrong with it. You will need to reinstall Snow Leopard, since it's required before you could upgrade to Lion. But upgrading to Lion won't help you, it will only make things slower and increase the needed resources to run your Mac.
If I install Lion, can I choose which software and document to recover from my SL Time Machine backup later?
I'm guessing the answer is 'No', but since I don't use Time Machine, I can't be certain. I do know that Time Machine has been dropped as of Mac OS X Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2012 7:46 AM (in response to kurt188)
Thanks, I will try Applejack.
I was not thinking about reloading the whole Time Machine, bust a couple programs I dont have the disc to install (endnote, JMP) and all my documents. Will post again soon after Applejack. Thanks
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 19, 2012 12:39 PM (in response to kurt188)
I run Applejack. Disk repair took 1minute, and file permissions repair repaired a lot of stuff on coreservices an framework folders. I will try for a couple days how the computer runs.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 9:17 AM (in response to kurt188)
after Applejack the computer seemed to be fine for 3-4 days, but it is slowing down again. I did not use anything abnormal in the period. I remember Word, Powerpoint, VLC and Lightroom. I traveled and could not a watch a movie yesterday on VLC or Itunes, the computer froze 3-4 times and once I had to restart the computer so it could be back to life.
I am running under a different user to check, and internet browsing is fine. VLC is slow though,
If you have any other options, I would welcome them
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 9:48 AM (in response to goitaca-ce)
What are you using VLC to play? What other applications are running when you experience the apparent slowdown? How much RAM do you have on your Mac; what's the capacity of your hard drive and how much free space is left?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 10:19 AM (in response to goitaca-ce)
Seems to me your disk is dying.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 10:21 AM (in response to kurt188)
Hi Kurt, what do you mean "I do know that Time Machine has been dropped as of Mac OS X Lion". ?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 10:37 AM (in response to LexSchellings)
I mean that if the OP is/was planning to use Time Machine for backups with Lion, it's not possible.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 10:52 AM (in response to kurt188)
We are off/topic but I do not understand you: I have upgraded from SL in december; all my TM's from before and after are available.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 11:11 AM (in response to LexSchellings)
Yes, you had TM backups in Snow Leopard, which Lion will recognize. But Lion has dropped all support for Time Machine using third-party NAS drives. So unless you have an Apple Time Machine drive with a backup prior to Lion, there's no support for backing up using that in Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2012 11:20 AM (in response to kurt188)
Ahhh, now I understand. It is still in the Lion page at the Apple sites as a built-in app, but the NAS support is "gone". THX. I use TC, but I also have clones and other backups. Lex.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 10:47 AM (in response to kurt188)
I have 4MB ram, VLC playing regular movies. Used to be OK. No other applications open. It even takes more than 10 minutes to restart the computer now.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 11:18 AM (in response to goitaca-ce)
goitaca-ce wrote: I have 4 MB ram
No, you have 4 GB of RAM. So, here's some things you should try:
• If you have your Time Machine backup drive connected, disconnect it and restart your Mac to see if the startup speed or anything else improves.
• In Disk Utility, select your hard disk in the list of disks and volumes. Look at the bottom of the window for the S.M.A.R.T. Status. If it's green, that's good; if it's red, that means your drive is about to fail and you need to get all your data off it ASAP and then securely erase it with Disk Utility.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 2:18 PM (in response to kurt188)
Thanks Kurt, of course, 4GB of RAM.
Should I start the computer through the Time Mchine backup? How is that done?
Should I think about the first idea of the thread adn format the HD?
I am traveling right now, but wil try that on Sunday.