Currently Being ModeratedJun 12, 2013 6:58 AM (in response to macminiman88)
It's not just you. I've got the same issue, and it's very annoying. 10.8.4 is causing multilple apps to hang on startup.
Another poster commented with some luck to download and install the 10.8.4 combo update as a standalone package from Apple Support downloads. I've tried this as well, and nothing's happening. I've tried rebooting into Safe Mode, which kind of works, but only after the machine takes an hour to boot up fully.
Something, I believe, is triggering a hang at apps' startup, because after a while, like yourself, my apps will just "start" to work. But there's neither rhyme nor reason to how or why they will just start working. I think it's important to note to others that the apps I need to work with are APPLE apps, not 3rd party software, and those are the ones that hang. iMovie, GarageBand, etc. Please note that OTHER 3rd party software hangs as well, but also APPLE apps.
Trying to chase down the culprit in Activity Monitor is not faring so well. It seems to lead to a kernel exception.
I have done the Safe Mode thing, removed all caches, reset ACL's, repaired the disk, repaired disk permissions, thoroughly cleaned the logs and rebult databases, yada yada yada... the normal stuff that most techies know how to do as a "first-line" and even "second-line" defense. I've reset the PRAM, gone into the Recovery Disk to offer repairs, blah blah blah. Whatever is hanging up isn't playing nicely with 10.8.4, and I'm wondering if it might be some incompatible 3rd party software somewhere. Of course, with the millions of choices, who knows what that might be offhand?
The only other thing I can try is a complete redownload of the OS from the Recovery Disk to see if that resets something in the water that doesn't compute now.
I really hate having to boot into Windows on BootCamp just to get things done. But, at this point, Windows is the only OS playing "nice" and compatible on my MacBook Pro.... 2.8 GHz i7, 8 GB Ram, 200+ GB of free space.
If anyone else has suggestions, I would be happy to implement them to get the system up and running to par.
Take care and have a great week.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 12, 2013 11:30 AM (in response to thelistenaryposition)
Agreed. I have done most of the basics that you mentioned and the problem comes back as an OS issue. I expect better performance from Apple because of the much higher price point for the product. I have enjoyed the comfortable interface for the OS but will be forced to go back to a PC today with superior performance because I simply can't get my work done when Apple allocates 5MB of 8GB for me to work with. Using 0.0625% of memore for an application will definitely cause problems.
I tried an experiment and watched the CPU usage when mail was started up. Mail kept giving me unavailable in the process, The OS only allocated 2% for mail to startup, eventhough no other applications were running. Apple needs to rollback the OS changes fast before users switch sytems.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 12, 2013 2:06 PM (in response to macminiman88)
I am having the same exact problems (late 2009 mini, 6 gigs of RAM, ML 8.4) and agree with everybody that it seems an OS issue.
However, I have found a fix that works for me. Running either the Memory Cleaner app or the "purge" command in Terminal takes care of it, at least for a few hours. Memory Cleaner works better for me, but YMMV. Purging the RAM more than once is also best.