1429 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jul 17, 2008 2:14 AM by Klaus1
Hi and welcome. Have you done some basics like running repair permissions from Disk Utility and then running verify disk from there also? If verify disk reports any problems, you then will need to startup from your install disc and run repair disk from Disk Utility to try to fix the problem.
Is your Mac's internal HD very full? It is said you need at least 20% or so of free space to have things run well.
I'm not very up on defragmentation on the Mac. It is a little controversial about whether it is needed or not. Maybe someone else will chime in or you can do a search of the discussions to find previous comments about it.
thnx for reply
I finally found Disk Utility and did verify & repair disk permissions and verify disk - the following is what it gave me
"Volume Header needs minor repair
The volume Macintosh HD needs to be repaired.
Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit
1 HFS volume checked
Volume needs repair
Disk Utility stopped verifying “Macintosh HD” because the following error was encountered:
The underlying task reported failure on exit"
I guess, I need a disk (of which, I can't find right now.)
Thanks for your help
Yes, you'll need to find your install CD/DVD and start up using that and then run disk repair in Disk Utility. That's the best next step.
Until you find that disc, you might try using fsck according to this Apple article:
The standard recommendation in this situation and all the time, is to make sure you have all valuable data backed up.
P.S. When you say that your Mac sounds like it's grinding to a halt, do you mean you actually hear grinding noises from within? If so, you might be nearing a hard drive failure.
Message was edited by: Steve M.
Maybe someone else will chime in
Apple KBase article [About disk optimization with Mac OS X|http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=25668]
Two different views about defragmentation:
[Optimizing Disks Is a Waste of Time|http://db.tidbits.com/article/7254]
[Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance|http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html#Anchor-31774]
There is a difference between defragmentation and optimizing. Defrag. makes files occupy contiguous space, optimizing puts things in a specific order. Techtool has a defragmentation feature. idefrag mentioned by another poster also does optimizing.
Maintenance in general:
Mac Tune-up: 34 Software Speedups
52 Ways to Speed Up OS X
Tuning Mac OS X Performance
11 Ways to Optimize Your Mac's Performance
The Top 7 Free Utilities To Maintain A Mac.
Mac OS X: System maintenance
I'm wondering if Safari is taking a long time because it has a bunch of caches and cookies and logs it is trying to read and store. Under the Safari menu there is an empty cache option. Under the security preferences you can show cookies and delete some (note, in doing so you may find some password protected sites will require you to log in again).
In the meantime you could try running Applejack.
After installing, reboot holding down CMD+s, then when the prompt shows, type in one of the following commands:
applejack auto restart or applejack AUTO restart
Note the spaces between the three words!
the difference between the two "sequences" are that in the second case (auto is typed in UPPERCASE) the caches are deep-cleaned. Not in the first sequence.
Then let it do all 5 of it's things.
At least it will eliminate some questions if it doesn't fix it.
The 5 things it does are...
Correct any Disk problems. Repair Permissions. Clear out Cache Files. Repair/check several plist files. Dump the VM files for a fresh start.
Of course, you can always interrupt the process or skip one or more of the five steps.
(Thanks to BDAqua)