9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 5, 2012 3:02 PM by MarkStrike
cwalker5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My MacBook Pro 10.6.8 has started running really slow.  Is there a way to clean it up or perhaps check if there is something running in the background that shouldn't be?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (95,975 points)

    Hi ...

     

    Not enough free space on the startup disk can slow the system down.

     

     

    Right or control click the MacintoshHD icon. Click Get Info. In the Get Info window you will see Capacity and Available. Make sure there's a minimum of 15% free disk space.

     

     

    Freeing space on your Mac OS X startup disk

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (154,570 points)

    Disconnect all wired peripherals except keyboard, mouse, and monitor, if applicable. Launch the usual set of applications you use when you notice the slowdown.

     

    Step 1

     

    Launch the Activity Monitor application by entering the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. If that doesn’t work, then in the Finder, press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

     

    Select the CPU tab. Select All Processes from the popup 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.

     

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

     

    Step 2

     

    Launch the Console application in the same way as above, and select “kernel.log” from the file list. Post the dozen or so most recent messages in the log – the text, please, not a screenshot. If there are repeats, please post only one example of each repeated message.

  • cwalker5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Carolyn

     

    Have heaps of space 750GB capacity and 572GB available.  Did not know where to find this so really helpful cheers

  • cwalker5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Linc

    I can not supply the info as it has threads next to it which change every second.  Is that normal? The following % also keep changing

    % User

    % System

    % Idle

    Pages out is 44k and swap used is 1.0mb

    I could not find kernel.log.  When I launch shift-command-u it is not on the list.  Would it be named or under anything else?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (154,570 points)

    I can not supply the info as it has threads next to it which change every second.

     

    View > Update Frequency > Less often

     

    I could not find kernel.log.  When I launch shift-command-u it is not on the list.

     

    That's where you find the Console application. Launch it, and you'll find /var/log/kernel.log in the list of log files on the left.

  • cwalker5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    safari 3.9

    safari web content 2.1

    windowserver 0.8

    kernel task0.8

    mobile broadband manager 0.3

    activitymonitord 0.2

    configd 0.1

     

    %User .54

    % System .48

    % idle 99.09

     

     

     

    Feb 25 13:00:48 cpe-121-216-147-31 SierraSWoCTool[74]: SierraSWoCTool: main - Waiting for driver (28)...

    Feb 25 13:00:48 cpe-121-216-147-31 com.sierrawireless.SWoCTool[50]: 2012-02-25 13:00:48.599 SierraSWoCTool[74:903] SierraSWoCTool: main - Waiting for driver (28)...

    Feb 25 13:00:49 cpe-121-216-147-31 SierraSWoCTool[74]: SierraSWoCTool: findDriver - getInterfaceWithName failed e00002bc

    Feb 25 13:00:49 cpe-121-216-147-31 com.sierrawireless.SWoCTool[50]: 2012-02-25 13:00:49.610 SierraSWoCTool[74:903] SierraSWoCTool: findDriver - getInterfaceWithName failed e00002bc

    Feb 25 13:00:49 cpe-121-216-147-31 SierraSWoCTool[74]: SierraSWoCTool: main - Waiting for driver (29)...

    Feb 25 13:00:49 cpe-121-216-147-31 com.sierrawireless.SWoCTool[50]: 2012-02-25 13:00:49.611 SierraSWoCTool[74:903] SierraSWoCTool: main - Waiting for driver (29)...

    Feb 25 13:00:50 cpe-121-216-147-31 SierraSWoCTool[74]: SierraSWoCTool: findDriver - getInterfaceWithName failed e00002bc

    Feb 25 13:00:50 cpe-121-216-147-31 com.sierrawireless.SWoCTool[50]: 2012-02-25 13:00:50.621 SierraSWoCTool[74:903] SierraSWoCTool: findDriver - getInterfaceWithName failed e00002bc

    Feb 25 13:00:50 cpe-121-216-147-31 SierraSWoCTool[74]: SierraSWoCTool: main - Waiting for driver (30)...

    Feb 25 13:00:50 cpe-121-216-147-31 com.sierrawireless.SWoCTool[50]: 2012-02-25 13:00:50.621 SierraSWoCTool[74:903] SierraSWoCTool: main - Waiting for driver (30)...

    Feb 25 13:00:51 cpe-121-216-147-31 SierraSWoCTool[74]: SierraSWoCTool: main - Exit, returning 0

    Feb 25 13:00:51 cpe-121-216-147-31 com.sierrawireless.SWoCTool[50]: 2012-02-25 13:00:51.622 SierraSWoCTool[74:903] SierraSWoCTool: main - Exit, returning 0

    Feb 25 13:00:51 cpe-121-216-147-31 SierraSWoCDaemon[50]: SierraSWoCDaemon: main, Tool terminated with status = 0(0)

    Feb 25 13:10:27 cpe-121-216-147-31 /System/Library/CoreServices/CCacheServer.app/Contents/MacOS/CCacheServer[125]: No valid tickets, timing out

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (154,570 points)

    Uninstall the Sierra Wireless driver by following the developer's instructions, then reboot and see if there's an improvement.

  • cwalker5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much for your help.  I have done that and will see how it goes over the next few days

     

    Cheers

     

    C

  • MarkStrike Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've started noticing this exact same problem, and wondered whether a recent software update caused the issue.  activitymonitord is taking 13-20% of the CPU on a MacBook Pro, circa 2008, running 10.6.8

     

    Would appreciate suggestions, tips, ...