Questions dealing with performance of Apple hardware or software, especially about troubleshooting or improving poor performance.

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How can I reproduce the Finder sort order without asking Finder to sort for me?

I work with a large collection of mostly-text files subdivided by series, periodically mirroring them from an upstream repository and repackaging them using a shell script from a slightly chaotic ...
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How To Record CPU and Memory Usage Data

I want to profile the execution of a program to see what in particular is slowing it down - whether it hits a memory cap or if my CPU is not powerful enough. Activity Monitor (the one that comes with ...
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Is there a way to monitor the stack of execution in order to find the longest hangs?

Related to this unsolved mystery: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/62416/why-do-i-get-serious-execution-lag-on-clicks-application-switching-and-general I'm wondering if there's a way to see which ...
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How can I disable CPU throttling and CPU disabling?

On a 2011 17" MacBook Pro (i7, 10.6, 16GB ram) I do not have any options in the energy saver preference panel to control CPU throttling. I need to be able to disable CPU throttling for short periods ...
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How much does Hardware Growler affect performance?

I'm interested in knowing how much Hardware Growler affects performance. My MacBook's performance at some of point in time became terrible and I could not figure out the reason. The Beachball of ...
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Will SSD improve iPhoto and Aperture responsiveness?

I have a late 2008 Macbook with Core 2 Duo and plenty of RAM and HD space. (8GB of RAM, max for my machine) Every time I do some work in iPhoto and Aperture, my CPU usage goes up to around 60-80% ...
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Move Large, Frequent files closer to center of HDD

Is there a native/third-party utility (or native trick) to move large, frequently-used files closer to the center of the disk? I was under the impression that the OS tried to automatically optimize ...
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Will FileVault reduce the power of my hybrid SSD+HDD?

I have a MacBook with a Momentus XT hybrid SSD+HDD drive. It have a 500GB HDD plus 4GB SSD which, as I could check, it uses as a cache for read operations. It uses some kind of black magic to ...
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How can I diagnose really poor performance of my 13" MBP 2011 on 10.6?

The specs are: 2011 MBP 13" Core i7 4Gb RAM 320Gb HDD (not SSD) I use the system for work everyday, I almost always run the following: Mail.app Chrome (7-10 tabs) Terminal (2-3 sessions) Skype ...
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Safari “Find” is slow

Safari is fast at everything, except "Find". When I hit command-F, I get the beachball for 5 to 25 seconds (and then the Find bar appears as normal and everything's good again). I have plenty of ...
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Does the performance increases when the memory increases in Apple products?

I am planning to buy an iPad 3. My choices are, iPad 3 - 32GB with wifi iPad 3 - 16GB with wifi + 4G I'm so confused to select my best choice. Actually the problem is, some of my friends telling ...
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Apple iPad - intermittently crashing

I've inherited a 1st generation iPad. It seems to work fine, except for the reason I inherited it, which is that every so often, whichever app is running will simply close for no discernible reason. ...
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How does Apple achieve such an ultra fast boot up?

I'm a recent Mac user (MBP) and the booting time really surprises me. Within few seconds, from complete power down, the OS prompts you to log in, then the rest just flies! And even faster recovery ...
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Safari slowdown issues

Safari is quite slow when I open new tabs. I get a busy cursor, and I cannot interact with other tabs. Is there any way to make it faster? I have a 2010 MacBook Pro, MacOS 10.6.6, Safari 5.0.3.
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Computer slows when battery is low

My Macbook Pro running Mountain Lion slows down dramatically when the battery is below 4-5%. All the applications running are very slow to respond, and several have the "Application not responding" ...
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How to disable any and all eye-candy features on Mac OS X 10.6.8?

I'm going to install Linux Mint virtual machine and work primarily through there. I want to shut off any and all eye candy on Mac to squeeze out every last bit of performance I can. Akin to "Set for ...
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Is there anything like NVELO Dataplex (hybrid SSD/HDD software) for OS X?

I'm interested in upgrading my old MacBook to using an SSD and moving the data drive to where the DVD drive is using an optibay. Often SSDs come with a licence for NVELO Dataplex software (which is ...
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Which Time Machine backup destination over Wi-Fi to choose: old computer running Ubuntu or Time Capsule?

Here is my situation. I live in a shared house where there is already a wireless router that other people use. I have a Macbook Air that has 128GB of hard drive. I want to use Time Machine for ...
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Do computers slow down as they age?

I have an eMac I bought in 2004. I just used the system restore CD to re-install Panther, iLife '04, Internet Explorer for Mac(!), etc. I don't have any timed specs from "back then", so I can't answer ...
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Can a reduced number of processes lead to improved performance with OS X 10.8?

I updated to OS X 10.8 and my process count went from about 75 under Mac OS X 10.7.4(?) to 96. What can I do to fix this? I use my Mac (MacBook Pro, Mid 2010, 2.8 Ghz Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD) ...
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How can I monitor the FPS in OSX?

I'm looking for a solution to monitor the refresh rate of the OSX. In several reviews like this one about the retina Macbook Pro by Anandtech they report actual fps to discuss the performance of ...
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Bootcamp - Multiple Windows installations, how do delete one?

I've got a Mac Pro with 3 hard drives: 1 x 7200rpm 640GB - 1/2 for OS X - 1/2 for Windows 7 (Bootcamp) 2 x 5400 Western Digital'Eco-drive' (runs like a dog and is only useful for backups and ...
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Replacing hard disk with SSD or increasing RAM in MacBook Pro

I am using MacBook Pro for the last 1.5 years. Here is my configuration. 13" MacBook Pro, min-2010 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo 4 GB RAM OS X Lion 10.7.4 Would you recommend upgrading to SSD for fast ...
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Will the MacBook Air (2011) perform as well as my MacBook Pro (2008)?

I've got a 13" 2009 MBP (8GB, 2.53Ghz). A lot of the time it runs a Win 7 web dev environment (Visual Studio, SQL Server databases, various editors, Photoshop etc.) under Parallels Desktop. It ...
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How to set up Loki Render on Mac OS X Lion

I am trying to do network rendering in Blender3D using Loki Render across my 3 Xserves. I have no experience in setting up network rendering and the instructions that are given on the Loki Render home ...
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iTunes can only perform one task at a time

Ever since updating to the latest version of iTunes on my dual core mac mini, iTunes can only perform one task at a time beach balling the entire time. For example if it is downloading a podcast, and ...
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Should you format your Mac?

Back in my Windows days, I used to fully format my PC once a year or so, to start fresh and get rid of some of the slowdowns. It helped. Would you recommend the same for Macs? What's the recommended ...
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What has changed Finder list view in Lion to make “Calculate all sizes” exponentially faster?

Since way before Mac OS X came on the scene, we have been able to ask the Finder to Calculate all sizes in order to determine the sum total of readable file size space contained in each folder for the ...
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Emulating lower speed CPUs on Mac mini

I would like to ask whether it is possible to develop OS X application (especially for Lion) on a Mac mini, being able to test how the performance would be on a lower speed CPU. For example: ...
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Mac OS X disk performance monitoring

Which tools to use for detailed performance analysis of disk access? per disk per process queues latency data volume/throughput errors characterisation (read Vs write, burst, etc.) Tried iostat, ...
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Functionally speaking, where will I see a difference between dual- and quad-core i7s?

I am ready to buy a new MacBook Pro. I am drawn to the portability of the 13" and the better specs of the 15". If you take money out of the picture I would really like to know where I would see the ...
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Macbook Pro just started overheating and losing frame rate

It's strange because I've had Diablo III for a couple weeks now and I've been able to play it just fine without any performance problems. Starting today though, I've experienced some serious ...
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Guide on removing unused Agents and Daemons to speed up MacOS

Can you point me to a good guide on spotting and getting rid of running Agents, Daemons and Processes that aren't useful to me anyway and are taking up memory and CPU cycles?
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Is upgrading an iMac to an SSD over USB 2/FireWire an upgrade?

I bought the smallest 21" iMac model of the 2011 update cycle. I was planning on having the HDD replaced with an SSD later on. Turned out this would not be an option. So I'm either stuck with the ...
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If I install more RAM should I boot into 64bit Kernel? Does it matter?

I've got an Early-2009 Unibody Mac Book Pro 17". It came with 4 GB RAM and by default it boots into 32-bit Kernel. I've just upgraded to 8 GB RAM and my main concern is getting maximum performance ...
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Mac Pro 2008 OS X 10.6.8 random restarts, grinding HDD

So I've had my Mac Pro since 2008. I currently have OS 10.6.8 on it. In the last week, it has restarted itself twice while I was in the other room. Since I wasn't there, I don't know if there were any ...
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What is the performance bottleneck when launching large applications on OS X?

I have an Early 2011 13" Macbook Pro (i5 2.3Ghz). I've upgraded it to have 8GB 1333 ram and an OCZ Vertex II (120GB) SSD. There are a couple of heavy lifting apps on my mac that take roughly around ...
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How to speed up an iPad 2?

My iPad 2 (32gb) is about one year old and he is getting very slow. I've tried restarting the iPad and quitting all apps but with no real success. There is about 5 GB of free storage space. Any ...
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MacBook Pro battery and speed issues

My sister's MacBook Pro often shuts down at ~20% battery. It won't turn on again until it has been plugged in for about 10 minutes.
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After installing Lion my mac became super slow

After installing Lion, my macbook pro became unbelievably slow.. what could be the reason? Safari sometimes freeze for 30 seconds (in particular when there's Flash content). When I open mail after ...
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How to check if my iPhone's connection is being throttled?

AT&T now throttles the connection speeds for those on the unlimited plan. How can I know if my iPhone's connection is being throttled or if I'm just getting poor speed due to other reasons?
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Mac book pro is very slow

I have a mac book pro late 2011. It has a very powerful hardware. But it is very slow. For example when I'm making expose geisture, there appears 'loading circle' and mac lags for 4~5 seconds. Same ...
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MacBook Air mid 2011 Geekbench results too low

My MacBook Air from mid 2011 recently only scores about ~1800 on geekbench vs 5300+ that it was before. I'm starting the benchmarking right after reboot, and the CPU seems initially calm. Any points? ...
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How can I simulate having a slow CPU?

I am almost done coding my webapp-game. It runs on all modern browsers. However, I want to establish some minimum requirements for it. Thus, I need a slow Mac. However, I don't have access to a slow ...
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Will a reset make my old iPad faster?

I have an old iPad (the first generation), and over time it has become unbearably slow. Now I understand that I cannot expect apps designed for faster iPads to work perfectly on this old device. ...
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How does the new iPad's A5X graphics processor affect PDF rendering speed?

How much, if any, has the new iPad has gained in PDF rendering speed with the A5X processor (quad-core graphics)?
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Any performance gains when disabling secure virtual memory?

To disable secure virtual memory in 10.7, one does the following: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.virtualMemory DisableEncryptedSwap -boolean yes However, are there any benefits ...
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What impact can a dual monitor setup have in overall performance?

I have a MacBook Pro late 2008 (2.4GHz Core 2 Duo with 4GB memory) and am considering getting a second 24" monitor. I understand having a dual monitor setup may decrease performance, but how much ...
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Does showing a flashing time separator slow down a Mac?

Is there any reason to be concerned that showing flashing time separators would slow down my Mac, since the computer now has to keep flashing the separator? What about showing seconds? Why or why not? ...
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How would enabling FileVault alter my system and TM performance?

What are the pros and cons, performance-wise, of enabling and using FileVault? Is there any at all, or does it slow a computer down significantly or on the contrary speed it up? Also, what effect will ...