You appear to have conducted a lot of research already, but have you tried the following?
- Creating a temporary account to isolate user-specific problems: Isolating an issue by using another user account
- To identify potential hardware problems: Apple Hardware Test
- Confirm that the same problems exist when starting your Mac in Safe Mode. Read about it: Starting up in Safe Mode. Remember Safe Mode is for troubleshooting only. Startup will take a long time and some features will not work at all. To exit Safe Mode, restart your Mac.
Despite what Apple Hardware Test may conclude, if the problems still exist in Safe Mode or when using a different User Account, you may still have a hardware problem that AHT did not detect. Schedule a Genius Bar visit to have your Mac evaluated:
Genius Bar Reservations: http://www.apple.com/retail/geniusbar/
The following may help, but if the same behaviour exists after exhausting the above suggestions it is unlikely to reveal the problem. Try it if you wish - it's easy enough.
Apple Support Communities contributor etresoft wrote a very useful app to quickly gather certain system information that may help point to a cause of this problem. Go to his website, download and run EtreCheck:
The rainbow "wait cursor" will appear for a brief moment as it collects its data. Do not be concerned about anything that says "Problem" or "failed".
Copy and paste its output in a reply.
EtreCheck was designed to remove any personal information (such as your computer's name and serial numbers) but if you see anything that looks like an email address or any other personal information that should not be divulged to others, please delete or obscure that information when you post the reply.
When you are finished with EtreCheck, quit the program. It occupies very little space, and you can keep it or drag it to the Trash as you wish.
Thank you for your help. I have confirmed that the problem is persistent when using another account, as well as when I boot using safemode. AHT (extensive test) found nothing wrong. I assumed that one of the RAM chips was bad, so I upgrades my 2x2gb that came on the device to 2x4gb. Problems that i stated in the first "post" continue to occur even though I upgraded that RAM. Here are my stats from etresoft:
MacBook - model: MacBook6,1
1 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU: 2 cores
8 GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M - VRAM: 256 MB
CoreDuoTemp - Path: /Library/StartupItems/CoreDuoTemp
FanControlDaemon - Path: /Library/StartupItems/FanControlDaemon
OS X 10.8.2 (12C60) - Uptime: 0 days 4:9
TOSHIBA MK5065GSXF disk0 : (500.11 GB)
disk0s1 (disk0s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB
Macintosh HD (disk0s2) /: 499.25 GB (333.58 GB free)
Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted>: 650 MB
Apple Inc. Built-in iSight
Apple Inc. BRCM2070 Hub
Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller
Apple Inc. Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad
Problem System Launch Daemons:
Problem System Launch Agents:
User Launch Agents:
User Login Items:
3rd Party Preference Panes:
Flip4Mac WMV Plugin.plugin
Google Earth Web Plug-in.plugin
Unity Web Player.plugin
User Internet Plug-ins:
Top Processes by CPU:
Top Processes by Memory:
126 MB iTunes
123 MB Mail
123 MB firefox
98 MB mds
77 MB Google
74 MB WindowServer
49 MB Finder
33 MB Dock
25 MB CalendarAgent
25 MB loginwindow
If the problem exists in Safe Mode, as well as when using a new User Account, the system modifications that I would usually suspect should be inactive. Most notably WD SmartWare, which is not required to use their drives, and has been found to cause problems.
CleanMyMac has been known to remove essential system files that cannot be restored without completely reinstalling OS X.
I suggest you use OS X Recovery and use Disk Utility to repair the disk. Make note of any errors it finds. After that, reinstall OS X due to the uncertainty associated with CleanMyMac. Reinstalling OS X will not erase any of your user accounts or data. Remove CleanMyMac according to the developer's instructions. Run Etrecheck again to ensure it is completely gone.
First of all I wanted to thank you for your help. I did find out that the hard drive was bad, luckily I had the extended applecare so they covered it. It was very interesting though because I had my machine backed up with time machine, right when the new hard drive download the operating system and the machine uploading my time machine back up, it found TONS of new updates for the computer which were not showing up before I upgraded the hard drive.. Very Strange as I check probably 2-3 times per week for updates and it was telling me there weren't any for a few months. Finally, disk utility verified the SMART status of my hard drive, but the first thing that apples software picked up when I took it in was that the SMART status was not verified. Luckily, the computer is running great now! These late 2009 polycarbonate unibody macbooks are amazing machines! When I get the cash I'll put an SSD in so I don't have to deal with this again (hopefully)! Once again I appreciate the help that you gave me, and if anyone else is out there struggling with similar problems (After you done the necessary troubleshooting) swap out that hard drive!