Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 1:27 PM (in response to Dottyc)
Run Activity Monitor and determine if any application or applications are using high percentages of CPU. You can also us AM to view memory use.
As to your disk drive, there are applications that can run a surface test to check for bad sectors, I have no experience with them so cannot recommend any.
You don't say which version of OS X you use, I found Lion quite slow at times with 2GB ram and upgraded to 4GB.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 1:44 PM (in response to Dottyc)
Hello, see how many of these you can answer...
See if the Disk is issuing any S.M.A.R.T errors in Disk Utility...
Open Activity Monitor in Applications>Utilities, select All Processes & sort on CPU%, any indications there?
How much RAM & free space do you have also, click on the Memory & Disk Usage Tabs.
Open Console in Utilities & see if there are any clues or repeating messages when this happens.
In the Memory tab, are there a lot of Pageouts?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 1:48 PM (in response to rack0 tack0)
The Activity Monitor shows Firefox to be jumping from around 11% to a spike of 34%; Mail is showing around 0.1. Doesn't seem to be out of line to me, but I didn't even know about AM before today. I must admit I have a lot of emails stored on Mail and I usually keep several windows open on Firefox, but this slowness has really increased tremendously in the last few days with nothing new happening that I'm aware of.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 2:03 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Disk Utility says S.M.A.R.T. Status: Verified, if that's what you mean.
On System Memory in Activity Monitor, Pageouts is 1.82 GB. On the CPU tab it doesn't look unusual, but I don'w know what it is supposed to look like.
On Disk Usage, it shows Space utilized: 316.24GB and Space free: 149.20, so a fair percentage is free.
Opened Console and am waiting for that blasted wheel to stop! Twice. I'm keeping it open for a while just in case it responds.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 2:13 PM (in response to Dottyc)
This may explain the Page Outs that BDAqua suggested you look for, and perhaps a reason for slow running.
Is it OK after a reboot and then slows down with use, just wondering about a memory leak in one of you applications?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 2:23 PM (in response to rack0 tack0)
Thanks. That website helps me understand. My Page outs is pretty high and the Free is low: 7-10 MB.
It's not much better after a reboot. Perhaps a little, but not like it should be.
Update on Console Messages: The wheel is still turning but there seem to be quite a few lines being addes, starting with September of '09. I can't move the window to see how far it's going, but I'm guessing hundreds of lines.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 2:32 PM (in response to Dottyc)
In the memory fields of AM is there any application that is using lots of RAM?, The more tabs in Firefox or Safari you have open will increase its memory footprint.
Any applications you have updated or installed recently?
The slowness does seem to be retlated to full RAM.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 2:38 PM (in response to Dottyc)
You wrote that you have Repaired Disk Permissions, have you tried to do a Disk Repair? Do you have any "Virus Protection" running? You really don't need that stuff for OSX. That being said Snow Leopard is probably safer than Leopard.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 2:41 PM (in response to rack0 tack0)
Right now the main thing that is using memory is the Console Messages @ around 20-35% CPU. Firefox updated recently to 14.0.1, but I think I was having problems before that. In any case it wasn't as bad as it is now.
Regarding keeping open windows in Firefox, does it make any difference if I have, say 6 separate windows open, or if there are 2 windows open with 3 "+" windows used in each?
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