8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 20, 2014 3:11 PM by samberl
Fritz Lang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Greetings, I got my MacBook pro one and a half a year ago. For some reason, the last 4 months the computer has started to slow down. I get issues such as.

     - Beach ball appearing to often, even for simple commands such as open folder. etc.

     - Video files skipping frames. (any video file on any program. Even if its a buffer video such as youtube or Netflix).

     - Programs such as Photshop, Final Cut Pro etc, takes forever to render and work properly.

     - Web Browser taking forever to close a tab.


I am currently running a OS X V.10.8.5

2.3 GHz Intel Core i7

4GB 1600 MHz DDR3

353.2GB Freespace out of 499.25.


Could any one explain why would a mac slow down? (not a speculation, just why would it slow down like this. Especially the beach ball uninvited appearence).


I looked up the problem on the net, I get way to many differant answears that lead to getting scam programs, and or other 3rd party programs. (I did not download any of them)


I hope some of you understand the problem and have an answear to this. I tried to ask apple support, but they ask for money. I have a feeling that mac slow down forcing you to buy support intentionally (this is just a thought).


I avoid downloading uppdates from apple, because most people I know who uppdate macs always end up with a slow computer. + Last time I tried to uppdate the mac, I got a gray screen that blocked me from using the computer at all. To avoid this problem again, uppdating is not an option.


Pardon my English, it is not my native tounge.


Thank you for reading.

MacBook Pro
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,325 points)

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  • Fritz Lang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I hope I did this right.

    I copy pasted a file, opened VLC player and opened Final cut Pro. (including playing around with the nett browser)


    Hope this helps sir.



    4/20/14 3:27:08.684 AM com.apple.SecurityServer[15]: Session 100438 created

    4/20/14 3:27:44.009 AM Locum[32299]: Connection with distnoted server was invalidated

    4/20/14 3:28:41.230 AM WindowServer[77]: Received display connect changed for display 0x42728c0

    4/20/14 3:28:41.265 AM WindowServer[77]: Received display connect changed for display 0x3f003d

    4/20/14 3:28:41.266 AM WindowServer[77]: Received display connect changed for display 0x3f003e

    4/20/14 3:28:41.266 AM WindowServer[77]: Received display connect changed for display 0x3f003f

    4/20/14 3:28:41.268 AM WindowServer[77]: CGXMuxAcknowledge: Posting glitchless acknowledge

    4/20/14 3:28:41.299 AM WindowServer[77]: Received display connect changed for display 0x42728c0

    4/20/14 3:28:41.461 AM WindowServer[77]: MPAccessSurfaceForDisplayDevice: Set up page flip mode on display 0x042728c0 device: 0x103697a10  isBackBuffered: 1 numComp: 3 numDisp: 3

    4/20/14 3:28:49.079 AM VLC[32302]: kIOPMAssertionTypePreventUserIdleSystemSleep

    4/20/14 3:28:49.968 AM VLC[32302]: kIOPMAssertionTypePreventUserIdleDisplaySleep

    4/20/14 3:29:43.076 AM Final Cut Pro[32312]: objc[32312]: Class CMIOGraphService is implemented in both /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreMediaIO.framework/Versions/A/CoreMediaIO and /Applications/Final Cut Pro.app/Contents/Frameworks/CoreMediaLion/CoreMediaIO.framework/Versions/Curren t/CoreMediaIO. One of the two will be used. Which one is undefined.

    4/20/14 3:31:23.325 AM com.apple.launchd[1]: (com.apple.qtkittrustedmoviesservice[32294]) Could not terminate job: 3: No such process

    4/20/14 3:31:23.325 AM com.apple.launchd[1]: (com.apple.qtkittrustedmoviesservice[32294]) Using fallback option to terminate job...



  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,325 points)

    Please disable automatic graphics switching and see whether there's any change.


    MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with Retina display computers: How to set graphics performance

  • Fritz Lang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    It is done, ill come back with an uppdate.

  • samberl Level 4 Level 4 (1,990 points)

    Just looking at your MacBookPro specifications, I suspect you are running out of RAM.


    Launch Activity Monitor and look at how much memory you are using.


    You can upgrade the RAM in your MBP to 16GB. MacOSX performs better with lots of RAM.


    Secondly, your hard drive will be a bottleneck. Given that you don't have high storage needs, look at upgrading to a a small SSD drive.





  • Fritz Lang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Seems to go slightly faster. However I am still suffering from the beach ball. (less often tho).

    However, the activity monitor diplays a red part of the circle that is called "Wired" it says it occupies 1.4GB momery. Curious to know what that means.



    And also. Ill look into uppgrading. By what you are saying, my computer is not very powerfull, and what I am seeing is just me pushing the computer to hard?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,325 points)

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  • samberl Level 4 Level 4 (1,990 points)

    The performance of your MacBookPro is likely being constrained by available RAM and HDD speed.


    Here is Apple support document to understand memory use.




    If you are seeing a large number of Page Outs then you may benefit from more RAM. (Think of RAM as short term memory).


    Your MBP's performannce will also benefit from faster disk access with an upgrade to a SSD drive.


    Look here for a SSD for your MBP.




    The 2.3GHz i7 processor determines the "power" of your computer. Unless you are editing HD or 4K video you will not be taxing the processor.