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

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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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How can I fix Firefox's jagged scrolling on Lion?

I noticed that scrolling in Firefox on Lion is not very pleasant experience. Is there a way to optimize it for better performance? I tried smooth scrolling setting - but it didn't do anything.
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How about Parallels 7's Lion support especially in graphics performance?

I heard that Parallels 6 lack of GPU acceleration with Lion guest. So it's very slow. How about this on Parallels 7?
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Slow in opening videos on iPod Touch

I have an iPod Touch 3G 64GB with 4.3.3, and, with just 5 videos loaded i get a problem with this symptoms: When I tap Videos, it takes ages to load, crashes, then I can load again, still slow Every ...
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XCode 4 - slow performance [closed]

I have an issue with XCode 4 which is responding very slowly to user interactions (e.g. editing code, scrolling areas). This particularly happens with larger scale projects with many controllers/view, ...
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Mac Mini has slowed to an unbearable crawl!

I've read a lot of other questions about speed, but my question does not seem to be answered anywhere. My Mac Mini is running so slow that I cannot see what I am typing. It takes up to 15 seconds to ...
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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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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 do I increase rendering speed on Final Cut Express?

How do I increase render speed on FCE? I have several overlaid HD video tracks, and it is SLOW. EDIT: I am on a MBP 13", 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5, 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3. The render disk is an external USB ...
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RAM Caching - Exploiting RAM to the fullest extent possible

This may seem weird, but I'm actually looking for ways to increase my memory usage. I have a Macbook Pro (8,1) with 4 GB that I updated to 16GB. I really feel like I'm losing a lot for those 10 ...
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USB3 HDD on an USB2 port vs thunderbolt

I need to buy a new HDD (>2To so no SSD solution, unless you know a very attractive offer) and I was wondering about performance knowing this : MBP 2011 (2 usb 2.0 - 1 Thunderbolt); 7k2 HDD. What ...
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Vagrant/VirtualBox extremely slow despite 8GB-RAM/SSD-HD/2.53GHz Core2Duo

My VM (Ubuntu Vagrant VM) is extremely slow. While my Windows Co-Workers have a maximum of 1 minute page load time, my page load takes up to 8 minutes. I tried putting log files in non shared folders ...
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What can cause 90 second delays joining a wifi network?

I have been using my Mac Book Pro (15" Lion, latest version) for coming on a year. I used to open the cover, it would search for my wifi, and in 15 seconds I could start web surfing. Suddenly, in the ...
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Will upgrading my 2007 mac-mini from Tiger to Snow Leopard be a performance upgrade?

I'm cleaning my old 2007 mac-mini and am wondering whether I should upgrade it to Snow Leopard while I'm at it? I want to do this only if this will be any performance upgrade. Note that I have ...
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What can you do to speed up your iOS device? [closed]

What things can you do to increase the speed of your iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch? It appears that over time, the iPhone gets slower and slower over time, and I have picked up a couple of tricks here ...
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Poor Diablo III: Reaper of Souls performance on a rMBP late 2013

I just got a new rMBP (with dedicated video-card) and as a test I decided to run Diablo III: Reaper of Souls on Ultra settings. It looks absolutely gorgeous but its 10-17 fps frame-rate is very ...
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How to find out which Safari tab is using massive memory?

As described in my other question, Safari on OS X 10.6. is causing me massive problems (with my way of working like having many tabs in Safari open for a long time). I just realized that after ...
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2010 2.66 GHz 12 core Mac Pro not utilizing all 24 threads?

I just recently purchased a 2010 Mac Pro. I am wondering why all 24 threads never go past 50% usage when doing CPU intensive tasks. My coworker has a 2009 2.93 GHz 8 core Mac Pro and we both tried ...
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2010 Mac Pro beachballing/freezing

My machine is a 2010 Mac Pro 2 x 2.66 6-core intel xeon with 32 GBs of ram running Mac OS X 10.8.3. Just the other day it started to beach ball after about an hour of use. It doesn't make any ...
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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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Which one is faster? iMac 27 with Quad Core i5 2.7GHz or a Macbook Pro 15 with Quad Core i7 2GHz?

They are about the same price ($100 difference, iMac $1699, Macbook Pro $1799), and iMac: Quad Core i5 2.7GHz Macbook Pro: Quad Core i7 2.0GHz How can you tell which processor is faster? (the iMac ...
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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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MacBookPro / MacBookAir performance question [closed]

I plan to replace my old MacBook with a new MacBookPro or Air but I am not exactly sure what I need. I work as a windows software developer so I need to run Windows with Visual Studio 2010. I am very ...
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Will downloading LaTeX slow down my MacBook Air considerably?

I've begun downloading LaTeX and the download is 2GB. My MacBook Air has a 4GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 memory and a 1.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor. Will this large download have any impact of the long-term ...
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Looking for a free system monitoring tool

I'm looking for a system monitoring tool, preferably a free one. I don't care if it's an actual app or sits in my terminal. Activity Monitor doesn't give me all the information I want at once. ...
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How fast is 256GB to 128GB on mid-2013 MacBook Air?

I've tried finding the comparison reviews of the performance differences between 128GB and 256GB PCIe SSDs of mid-2013 MacBook Air 11" and 13" (which now have been carried over as the ...
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Upgrading macbook pro to mavericks - performance question

My MacBook Pro: MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009) Memory: 8 GB Currently run Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and also in a partition I have 10.8.x installed. The most of my work is being done in 10.6.8, ...
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Most stable/fastest OS X version for an old MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2 GHz, mid/late 2007) that has had a few graphics card problems. The logic board has needed replacement a couple times, meaning we stopped using graphics-intensive ...
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Is multi desktop more resource expensive?

I want to understand if connecting a second or third monitor to my MBP means exactly the OS to draw 3x output and stuff, so it is at least 30% more under stress.
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What would be a good SSD drive for a MacBook Pro mid 2010?

I'm thinking about updating a bit my Macbook Pro mid 2010 adding to it 8Gb of RAM and maybe a new hard drive, a solid one (SSD) of probably 240Gb. Which SSD would you recommend me? I'm looking for ...
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Poor battery performance on MacBook Pro

I have recently bought a very expensive new MacBook Pro with 8 GB memory and now I am frustrated by its very fast battery drainage. Often I see only 2 hours left on full battery charge! Right now it ...
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Which memory speed for an early 2008 Mac Pro?

I've got an early 2008 Mac Pro with 4 Gb of memory which I would like to upgrade, but I'm unsure of the memory speed. In my "About This Mac" dialog it says the memory speed should be 667 MHz, but ...
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OS X unusably unresponsive after upgrading 10.6 to 10.8

Every other click and keystroke seems to cause my MacBook to just freeze for minutes at a time. (I saw How to fix OS X Lion being unresponsive? but I'm not seeing much swap activity nor is my RAM ...
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Time machine backup is very slow (new TM drive and large amount of data)

I have data (mostly photos) on an external WD 2Tb drive (about 930gb) I have just installed a 3Tb Lacie drive and want to use it as the TM drive to back up the external WD drive and the Mac HD (very ...
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Can CPU Speed Stepping be prevented?

A while ago, I asked a question regarding the reason behind my computer slowing when it had ~5% battery or less. I was told that it was either CPU speed stepping or the Macbook Pro automatically ...
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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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How can I effectively analyse my macbook's performance issues?

In recent months my macbook has been steadily running slower. It's about 2 years old and gets heavy use so my initial suspicions are that maybe the hard drive is starting to get old. I used the disk ...
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Can I force Mac OS to cache my most frequently used applications?

If I buy a lot of ram for my new iMac (16GB), is there a way to make the system cache my most frequently used applications so the launch time is much faster?
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Wifi on Macbook vs Macbook Pro

How will you rate your wifi experience and over all experience between Macbook and Macbook pro? How much of that good or bad is to do with Aluminium body?
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Ideal iMac For programming (and some photoshop) [closed]

I am going to get a 21.5" iMac. It will primarily be used for Android, iOS, and web development, but may occasionally be used for some photoshop. Any other uses I have for it will be insignificant ...
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Will Upgrading to Mavericks Slow My System? [duplicate]

I have a 2010 iMac and I'm considering upgrading to Mavericks. Will I notice any significant decreases in speed? My specs:
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Which background processes can I disable to speed up my Mac

If I'm on an old Mac and I just want the basics (web browsing, text editing, multitasking) to run a lot faster and I don't mind losing out on bells and whistles or temporarily disabling unneeded ...
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Does an old Intel Core Duo Mac Mini have enough performance to run the latest Garageband?

I am getting a used Mac Mini primarily so I can record music using Garageband. Will the 2007 or 2009 models have enough performance to run the latest Garageband and latest OS X? I will at most ...
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Comparison of the new macbook air and iMac Core Duo 2 2.66

I am planning to buy the new Macbook Air 13", as I need something more mobile, but only have a limited budget. So the Air 13" seems like a perfect solution. Currently I have a iMac which I bought ...
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Spotlight on mid-2012 MacBook Pro with Mountain Lion Constantly Re-Indexing

On my 4-month old mid-2012 MacBook Pro I observe that Spotlight seems to want to ALWAYS re-index. I frequently notice that the performance will get unbearably slow and I can hear the hard drive ...
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How does iPhone5 battery fare with always ON 3G, not heavy music listening (+ 1-2 hours of Bluetoth), ocassional GPS and Camera use? [closed]

I WILL keep the 3G always switched ON. Also continuous syncing of some services like Gmail, Twitter, Contacts/Calendar/Task apps, WhatsApp, FlipBoard/GoogleCurrents, SimpleNote, Instagram, IM, ...
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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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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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Is there a slowing of app download speed when an iPad is locked?

I've noticed that downloading apps continue to download in the background as well as when the iPad is locked. Is there a speed decrease in either of these situations (assuming the foreground app isn't ...
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OWC SSD freezes regularly

I installed a new 115GB SSD with a clean lion install in my MacBook pro (2010) with the data doubler containing my old seagate hdd. The install took over five hours, which made me pretty suspicious ...