6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 22, 2012 6:38 AM by VRSB
VRSB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My mac ver. 10.6.8 is noticeably slowing down in retriving and opening files. The software is up to date, so this won't be the problem. Must be something else. Any suggestions? Anyone?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,205 points)



    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


    In the Memory tab, are there a lot of Pageouts?


  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (33,480 points)

    There are quite a few things that can help. A few of the easy ones are:


    First, simply restart the computer. After a long time without a restart, temporary files and caches can pile up, slowing things.


    Second, see if your hard drive is getting too full. Right-click your hard drive icon and you get a "contextual menu" like this:


    Screen shot 2012-08-26 at 7.13.08 PM.png


    Select "Get Info" as shown in the image. That will give a new window whose top portion looks like this:


    volume_ get_info_box.png


    The amount "Available" should be at least 15 percent of "Capacity," or 20GB, whichever is larger. In the example, the free (Available) space is about 68 percent.


    Third, are you running any commercial ("pay-for") antivirus or internet security software? Those can drag perfromcence down. Dump them.


    Fouth, are you using a back-up scheme other than Apple's Time Machine? Those bundled with external hard drives can be real performance killers.


    Check those items. If nothing is amiss there, post back and we'll check some stuff that's a little more in-depth.


    EDIT: BDAqua out-typed me again! Must put up a "Do not Disturb" sign when working here!

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,205 points)

    Happens all the time me Allan... if that's any consolation!


    PS. I doubt a one finger typist out-typed you!

  • VRSB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the info. My available space is 520 GB. So, that won't impact on speed. I am running Parallels, and have a internet virus protwction on windows, but even without Windows running the Mac seems to be either looking for something or checking itself.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (121,205 points)

    No clues in Console?

  • VRSB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am not up to the console status. Do not know what to look for in console! For instance I have this message in there as a last entry. What that means?


    22/09/12 11:36:50 PM com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[174] (com.hp.devicemonitor[6876]) posix_spawn("/Library/Printers/hp/hpio/HP Device Monitor.app/Contents/MacOS/HP Device Monitor", ...): No such file or directory