9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 14, 2013 8:58 AM by Linc Davis
ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

Hello forum,

 

I was a user of Snow Leopard on a May 2009 White MacBook, until it finally caved in in early 2011 (due to a lot of use!).

 

In 2011, I sold it and used an iPad from Nov.11 all the way until Dec.12, no PC or Macs!

 

The 10.6 system was always fast, efficient and only showed pressure when it was fairly under it. As many of you will know, that used the old Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz chip and an older OS compared to my current Mac, the mid 2012 13" MB Pro.

 

This new machine is 2.5GHz Core i5 with 4GB Ram (twice the original MB) and other bumped up specs..

 

I can only suspect Mountain Lion is the cause of all this, this is a personal opinion, but I think the new features introduced in the time I was not using a Mac (The iOS style app launcher, no more spaces, these new trackpad gestures etc) just aren't useful and bog up the system.

 

Maybe I'm doing something to the system, maybe you can relate? But what's your opinion on this!

 

Thank You,

SB


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Opinions on Mountain Lion
    CT Level 6 Level 6 (15,535 points)

    Can't confirm.

  • 2. Re: Opinions on Mountain Lion
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    What happens if you create a fresh user account, or use Guest, is the speed better?

  • 3. Re: Opinions on Mountain Lion
    ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Well the hard drive has failed twice already, and therefore a few fresh installs have taken place. Still the same. So a user account won't make much of a difference. That's what I used to do on Windows though lol

  • 4. Re: Opinions on Mountain Lion
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,030 points)

    I can only suspect Mountain Lion is the cause of all this

     

    The cause of what?

  • 5. Re: Opinions on Mountain Lion
    ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    The slower performance, lags and such compared to my older macine.

  • 6. Re: Opinions on Mountain Lion
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    ShaneBunting wrote:

     

    Well the hard drive has failed twice already,

    Sounds like a bad HDD, you're still on warranty right? If the hard drive is failing your first move should be to bring it in for repair or replacement.

  • 7. Re: Opinions on Mountain Lion
    ShaneBunting Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    That's what I thought, took it in, Apple ran tests and it appeared ok. They said the only way to do anything about it is if it happens again :O

  • 8. Re: Opinions on Mountain Lion
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    ShaneBunting wrote:

     

    Well the hard drive has failed twice already, and therefore a few fresh installs have taken place. Still the same. So a user account won't make much of a difference.

    It will if you migrated your Home folder and something is wonky in there.

  • 9. Re: Opinions on Mountain Lion
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,030 points)

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

     

    There are a few other possible causes of generalized slow performance that you can rule out easily.

     

    • If you have many image or video files on the Desktop with preview icons, move them to another folder.
    • If applicable, uncheck all boxes in the iCloud preference pane.
    • Disconnect all non-essential wired peripherals and remove aftermarket expansion cards, if any.

     

    Otherwise, take the steps below when you notice the slowdown.

     

    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

     

    If you have more than one user account, you must be logged in as an administrator to carry out this step.

     

    Launch the Console application in the same way you launched Activity Monitor. 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.

     

    Select the 50 or so most recent entries in the log. Copy them to the Clipboard (command-C). Paste into a reply to this message (command-V). You're looking for entries at the end of the log, not at the beginning.

     

    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 this discussion.

    Important: Some personal information, such as your name, may appear in the log. Anonymize before posting. That should be easy to do if your extract is not too long.