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mac mini very slow 10.8.2 2.3 GHz intel i5

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cluelessonapple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 4, 2012 6:49 AM

Since buying this platfom with 4GB Ram I have never seen so many spinning rainbow of death and memory optimization.

My daughters 2006 all in one runs much faster.



Mac mini (Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,955 points)
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    Oct 4, 2012 8:18 AM (in response to cluelessonapple)

    First, back up all data immediately, as your boot drive might be failing.


    Take these steps when you notice the problem.


    Step 1


    Launch the Activity Monitor application in any of the following ways:


    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Activity Monitor in the icon grid.


    Select the CPU tab of the Activity Monitor window.


    Select All Processes from the menu in the toolbar, if not already selected.


    Click the heading of the % CPU column in the process table to sort the entries by CPU usage. You may have to click it twice to get the highest value at the top. What is it, and what is the process? Also post the values for % User, % System, and % Idle at the bottom of the window.


    Select the System Memory tab. What values are shown in the bottom part of the window for Page outs and Swap used?


    Next, select the Disk Activity tab. Post the approximate values shown for Reads in/sec and Writes out/sec (not Reads in and Writes out.)


    Step 2


    You must be logged in as an administrator to carry out this step.


    Launch the Console application in the same way as above. Make sure the title of the Console window is All Messages. If it isn't, select All Messages from the SYSTEM LOG QUERIES menu on the left.


    Post the 50 or so most recent messages in the log — the text, please, not a screenshot.


    When posting a log extract, be selective. Don't post more than is requested.

    Please do not indiscriminately dump thousands of lines from the log into a message.

    Important: Some personal information, such as your name, may appear in the log. Edit it out before posting.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,955 points)
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    Oct 4, 2012 10:55 AM (in response to cluelessonapple)

    Open the Mail, Contacts & Calendars preference pane in System Preferences, and select Yahoo. Make a note of the settings for the Yahoo account, then delete it from the list.


    Then follow the instructions on this page: Resetting the SyncServices folder


    Reboot and see whether there's any improvement. Recreate the Yahoo settings in System Preferences.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,955 points)
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    Oct 4, 2012 2:59 PM (in response to cluelessonapple)

    You shouldn't need to do this again.

  • mrfigs Calculating status...
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    Dec 11, 2012 2:06 PM (in response to cluelessonapple)

    HiLinc Davis, I'm experiencing the same thing. Can you help?

  • eddyr Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 12:54 PM (in response to cluelessonapple)

    Mine is a brand new 2012 Mac Mini and I do not understand how to delete Yahoo from the mail list as I do not have a Yahoo email ? so there is none in the list ?

    I assume you mean in the list of emails accounts setup not the list to setup from ?

    Wjat's happening there ?


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