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  • 15. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    Brian, Permissions Repair asn't been mentioned here. Are you

    comfortable doing this with Disk Utility?

     

    The lastest OS update is 10.7.4 and has a new Safari.

     

    Tom

  • 16. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    Brian Hope1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Point taken Tom.  Happily I have formed the habit of regularly running Disk Permissions, and after every download.  I am on the latest version of Lion too, in fact I have my suspicions that this all started with the latest updater. I often think that I should ignore Software Update and select the Combo version, it has cured other things for me in the past.  What is your opinion?

  • 17. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,725 points)

    Brian Hope1 wrote:

     

    I will endeavour to watch Activity Monitor from time to time in the hope that I will learn something productive, but as I said the speed of information change on screen is diifficult for the old eyes to handle.

    What you should be looking at is the very bottom of the window. Click the tab for "System Memory" and you will see exactly what memory is in use as well as the paging activity as it moves "pages" from RAM to your hard drive (virtual memory). When it stabilizes you can take a screen shot and post it here for the experts to tell you if all is working properly.

  • 18. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,725 points)

    Brian Hope1 wrote:

     

    I have my suspicions that this all started with the latest updater.

    The only issue I'm aware of with 10.7.4 only affects those users who are trying to use their computer to share the internet with other devices instead of using a WiFi route such as an Airport Base Station.

  • 19. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    Brian Hope1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you MadMacs0. Dealing with the 8:31 message, I don't have any other Mac devices other than an iPod and an iPod Touch, both gifts from my children when they upgraded, so prior to IOS.  The Touch is used to get Mail via Wireless Router and Airport and is the only external connection.  Does that make a difference?Screen Shot 2012-05-21 at 21.04.12.jpg

     

    Regarding ther 8:27 message, here is a screenshot of the Activity Monitor but it never does 'stabilize' hope this gives some idea.  Big users are the Browser and Mail app. and both were running when this was taken.

  • 20. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,725 points)

    Brian Hope1 wrote:

     

    Thank you MadMacs0. Dealing with the 8:31 message, I don't have any other Mac devices other than an iPod and an iPod Touch, both gifts from my children when they upgraded, so prior to IOS.  The Touch is used to get Mail via Wireless Router and Airport and is the only external connection.  Does that make a difference?

    It makes a difference with regard to the 10.7.4 issue that I mentioned. Users that have wireless routers are not experiencing this problem.

     

    Regarding ther 8:27 message, here is a screenshot of the Activity Monitor but it never does 'stabilize' hope this gives some idea.  Big users are the Browser and Mail app. and both were running when this was taken.

    The bottom panel with the pie chart is what I meant for you to post and that should stabilze.  I note that it doesn't show much Free memory right now, and that seems unusual to me, but I have to admit I don't pay much attention to this aspect of my computing. 

     

    Since you posted the entire window I can see you have it sorted by "%CPU" and I thought your concern was in the amount of memory being used. You should click on the "RSIZE" column a couple of times to see the big RAM consumers at any given time and that should not change much either.

     

    On the other hand, FireFox using 82% of your CPU cycles will be a problem if it stays at that level a lot.

  • 21. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    Brian I don't know if the Combo updatere will run at

    this point but I see no harm in trying it. The Genius Bar

    has Mini cables, monitor, etc. so you might consider

    making an appointment for them to look the little box

    over and if needed maybe they could add some memory

    while you wait.

  • 22. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,725 points)

    Take a look at this guidance to another user asking about memory issues Re: Web browser leakage uses up almost all memory

  • 23. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    Brian Hope1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello Tom,

     

    I again take your point, maybe I will have to visit the Genius Bar, I'll contact my local store to see if they could/would do what you suggest. It's a nightmare to think of all the connections and where they fit if I do so.

    I did donload the Combo edition and install it this morning, but it hasn't made any difference.

  • 24. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    Brian Hope1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you again.  I assure you that I am learning from all this, so don't despair, just that I'm a little slow and my personal RAM is small and slow.  Read the item you suggested, comforting to know that it is not a unique problem, my findings are the same as theirs. At first Firefox seemed better, but it isn't really, and Chrome is in fact worse.

     

    Brian.

  • 25. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    Brian, take a bunch of pics of everything.

    If not digital, get prints before unplugging

    anything.

     

    Al best, Tom

  • 26. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    Brian Hope1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I believe it's an Alien.

     

    Joking apart, I can't imagine an answer to this question. The other morning when I first switched the machine on, with nothing other than Activity Monitor actually switch on, I got this;

     

    Since doing this I have closed Amazon Cloud until I use it. but you would hardly expect to  have only 60.2 Mb left with that usage.  A neighbour whoi use to work with Oracle says that he used to get 'memory leaks' on their system sometimes, and they were described on the basis that some memory that was used by it was not released when it was closed.  Sort of hiding it somewhere within itself.  Not exactly techie I know, but is this something that you've heard of?  Could it be a similar problem? Since others are suffering from it, do Apple know?  Thanks in advacne.

  • 27. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    Tom Meade1 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)

    Brian, here's an entertaining video that might help you

    get more out of Activity Monitor.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hJd7wSgOdI&feature=related

     

    As for memory leakage, it is an issue but Activity Monitor itself

    can't hog as much as it would take to stall out your Mini.

     

    By the way, I don't think you ever mentioned how full your

    hard drive is. Check the video on this point, too. 

  • 28. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,725 points)

    Brian Hope1 wrote:

     

    The other morning when I first switched the machine on, with nothing other than Activity Monitor actually switch on, I got this;

     

    I don't know what "this" is as your image didn't come through.

     

    You are operating with the bare minimum RAM needed to run Lion, so these problems are not going away until you get more.

  • 29. Re: Major delays on Mac Mini
    Brian Hope1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks as ever Tom and others. I will of course watch the video, and it appears that I'll have to consider getting a new machine if I want to avoid the problem, but will Mountain Lion make this better or worse on a three year-old MiniMac? Can't make a sensible decision before then surely? Regarding the HD, it is 49% full, I thought that was tolerable.