4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 8, 2013 10:15 AM by Agasucci
Agasucci Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

My Dashboard has become really slow. It's gradually got worse. At first, I put it down to Time Machine backups going on in the background (which I've noticed does seem to slow down connectivity), but now it's barely working at all.

 

I've got 14 active widgets: I suppose the two I use most frequently are the calculator and a currency converter. When I open Dashboard, the first widget, iSat Pro, a system diagnostic, opens in about 2-3 seconds. The clock will display the correct time, but seems frozen (the red second hand doesn't move), the calendar will display the correct date. Nothing else begins working for several minutes now. I don't really know how long before they all become active, because I've usually given up waiting after about 10 minutes.

 

Having searched other threads on the same topic, I've tried a couple of things: I created a new Guest account and tried opening the Dashboard in that: it works instantly.

 

Secondly, I went to my Library folder to delete ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.dashboard.client, and some other files that have been reccommended to trash, such as:

 

com.apple.finder

com.apple.dock.plist

com.apple.dashboard.plist

etc.

 

But, I don't have any of these files on my system...????

 

In every other respect, my Mac works fine: no other problems whatsoever, it's just the Dashboard.

 

Anybody got any suggestions?


Mac Pro 2.93Ghz, ATI Radeon HD 4870, 30, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 12GB RAM
  • 1. Re: REALLY slow Dashboard...
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Agasucci wrote:

     

    My Dashboard has become really slow.

     

    I created a new Guest account and tried opening the Dashboard in that: it works instantly.

     

    Your problem is located in that one user account

     

     

     

     

    Secondly, I went to my Library folder to delete ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.dashboard.client, and some other files that have been reccommended to trash, such as:

     

    com.apple.finder

    com.apple.dock.plist

    com.apple.dashboard.plist

    etc.

     

    But, I don't have any of these files on my system...????

     

    Because those are in the ~/Library/Preferences folder

     

     

    Run through this list of fixes, if you can't solve it, backing up data, creating another admin and delete/recreate the problem account #17 will likely work as a last resort.

     

    ..Step by Step to fix your Mac

  • 2. Re: REALLY slow Dashboard...
    Agasucci Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    ds store wrote:

     

    Because those are in the ~/Library/Preferences folder

     

     

    Sorry, I thought it was clear: I said they weren't on my system. That means not in ANY folder. At all. Anywhere. I simply don't have any files with these names.

  • 3. Re: REALLY slow Dashboard...
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Use the free Easy Find, Spotlight isn't perfect.

     

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/11076/easyfind

     

     

    Still not there, then run through the Steps, finally #17 is a delete and recreate the user account method to get default files back.

  • 4. Re: REALLY slow Dashboard...
    Agasucci Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Just thought I'd update this thread...

     

    Due to workload, I wasn't ready to begin what seemed like it might be a lengthy step-by-step process until this evening.

     

    I just went to to my Dashboard to begin this, and discovered to my surprise that only the 4 default widgets were on display: Calculator, Weather, World Clock and Calendar. All are working instantly. I have re-opend the other widgets I normally had open, and all seems to be well. It seems that the simple action of merely opening a Guest account to view the dashboard, and then deleting it afterwards, cleared up whatever was wrong with my Admin account. I'm not sure how or why that worked, but as that's the only thing I've done towards fixing the issue, it must be it.

     

    But thanks ds store anyway: I shall retain your checklist for future reference.