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

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using external hdd slows down my mac

When I use an external drive via usb, my computer really slows down giving me no choice except reboot. I watched memory usage with activity monitor. Free memory decreases by time and inactive memory ...
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How to limit cpu frequency in OS X?

The OS X kernel does control this directly since below 5% my CPU gets locked to 1.2GHz instead of the normal 3.7GHz so there has to be a way to control the CPU speed. I am aware of this question ...
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Does RAM Disk Improve OS X Performance?

I stumbled this article explaining how mounting RAM disk can improve OS X performance up to 40× which of course is just a a hyperbole. My question is whether the suggestion made by them valid for ...
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iPhone slows down entire home network

Ever since the automatic upgrade to iOS 7, an iPhone that connects to my Linksys WRT54GL router running DD-WRT, slows down all other connections, from any other device. Download speed is reduced by a ...
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Very slow screen refresh on server screen share

I have a brand new Mac Mini, configured with Intel i7, 16GB, dual SSDs... basically the top of the line Mac Mini you can buy as of 2/1/2014. I also purchased the latest Airport Extreme, with 802.11ac ...
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Performance issues, can I recover memory?

In the past month I am having some serious performance issues with my MacBook Pro (2008 model). From the activity monitor, I get that the CPU usage is low (25%), disk usage is low (256 GB SSD drive, ...
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Mac OS Virtual Box performances [closed]

If you run Mac OS 10.8 with Virtual Box (on Linux), on a computer that supports hardware virtualization, how good will be the performances? With a powerful computer (i7, 8gb of ram, ssd hd), would ...
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Hot File Clustering with multiple partitions

I'm planning a performance-oriented clean install of OS X 10.6 and I was wondering if the hot file clustering feature will exists only on the boot partition or if there will be one for each partition ...
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Factory Settings to Speed Up Mac?

My iMac (2010, i3, 3.06 GHz, 4GB RAM) has been getting a little slower. My research shows memory can cause a slow performance, so I looked and most of the time, my RAM is allocated like this: . ...
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Does Mac OS X load average reporting (via top) include processes waiting on IO?

I'm looking at the output of top to view my system's load average. I want to understand whether the load average is reporting processes just waiting for CPU, or whether it's reporting processes that ...
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Error while Compressing the Mail DB: file is encrypted or is not a database

I am trying to compress the Mail database by running the sqlite3 vacuum command. But I get the following error: SQL Error: file is encrypted or is not a database I was running Mac OS 10.6 and I ...
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How to run a performance benchmark on my MacBook Pro?

I need to run some sort of performance benchmark to measure how slow my MacBook Pro is (and why)—a 15" MacBook Pro (late 2008) with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, and ...
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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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PDF rendering - how much is iPad2 faster than iPad?

I read that iPad2 graphics is faster than iPad. I would like to know how much is iPad2 faster than iPad at PDF rendering.
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iPod Nano 2G audio started skipping during music playback - what causes this?

My 5 year old iPod Nano "2G" 8GB has recently began skipping during song playback. It sounds like when a CD skips, a kind of digital glitching sound. But lately it's gotten really bad, where it will ...
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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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Are there advanced performance profiling tools (ideally, with a graphical interface) aside from DTrace?

Simply put, I'm looking for a utility akin to Windows NT's Performance Monitor (perfmon.exe). The ability to specify which metrics I want to track (ex. reads/sec, writes/sec) for a given object (ex. ...
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Will I see performance boost if I add memory with these Page-In/Page-Out statistics?

Currently, if I open Photoshop after a days time, the load up time is about 5 seconds. If I close and open again (right after), the load up time is about 2 seconds (I assume this is caching?). Can ...
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The new iMacs come with AMD HD 6770M or HD 6970M. How do they compare?

the 27" versions of the new iMac come with either the AMD HD 6770M or HD 6970M GPU. How do they compare performancewise? Is it worth its money?
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Will reducing the number of or disabling spaces improve performance?

If I turn off spaces on my MacBook, or reduce the number of spaces, will that improve graphics performances? EDIT: I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow Leopard on a MacBook 7,1 with 2GB of memory
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Airport Extreme (5th gen) throttling ethernet internet speeds

I purchased the router in 2012, and am experiencing slower speeds than expected from my Airport Extreme. Brand new 16x4 channel DOCsis3 modem on Time Warner's approved list. 200 Mbps plan, and ...
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What programs actually use the memory on a Graphics card?

I noticed that the Graphics Card memory is hardly used at all, even during Cinebench 3D testing despite the FPS being high. What programs actually use the graphics card memory? Trying to determine if ...
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Will upgranding my MBP to an internal SSD, improve also speed of reading external non SSD HDrives?

So, I'm thinking of upgrading my MBP (13' late 2011) with an internal SSD drive. I'm wondering if the increase in speed of read and write on the SSD internal drive, will increase peroformance and ...
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Is there a way to stop the optimization process behind “Optimizing Your Mac”?

Using OS X 10.9.5 I got this message after logging out and back in with different UID. Screen is frozen except I can move the mouse courser around just cannot select anything. Display sleep mode does ...
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SSD Performing Poorly

I have a MBP 17 2010, equipped with a Vertex 2 SSD 120GB as boot disk. It's an old hardware but I don't want to change it, the problem is the SSD is performing poorly : The SSD health report is ...
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Using scaled resolution in Macbook Pro Retina can cause overheating?

I'm using a late 2014 13 inch macbook pro retina. I'm using a scaled resolution of 1680*1050. When using this resolution, i don't know why, my laptop gets overheated. How can i fix it?
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What is causing slow Wi-Fi speeds on my Airport Extreme?

I have a recent model (bought 1-2 years ago) Airport Extreme that, until yesterday, has worked flawlessly. Starting yesterday, my wireless speeds have tanked. I first suspected my ISP, but that ...
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Optimize filesystem for speed over integrity

On Linux, I use the noatime,nodiratime,nobarrier,data=writeback mount optioins in /etc/fstab to trade filesystem safety/consistency/integrity for speed which makes sense for local development. Is ...
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Difference in performance between iOS devices

I'm developing a game for ios and notice surprising results performance-wise between my devices. for example, my iphone 5 will perform better than my ipad mini retina. I really have no point of ...
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Kernel_task boosts CPU to 300%-500% (Yosemitte MBP 2011 without a battery) [duplicate]

Long story short, my oldie MBP 2011' battery started bloating, I've contacted a repair service center and they advised me to remove the battery and use it on AC power, while they get a new battery for ...
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How to manually control processes launched on start?

Every time my Mac starts, about ~210 processes are launched, requiring about ~1000 OS Threads. With every Apple update this number increases. My laptop freezes for 1-3 min a couple of times per week ...
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How can I speed up Enhanced Dictation's response/ processing speed?

It takes around ten seconds to process a voice command, whereas speakable items are instantaneous.
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Disk activity, how to improve it?

Activity Monitor tells me that my Disk Activity is too high even when I'm not running 'heavy' programs. I have an iMac with Mac OS 10.6.8, processor 3.06 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory 4GB. Is there ...
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Extreme slowness after upgrade to Yosemite; is my specific problem happening to others or just for me?

Like many, my Mac (iMac) has become extremely slow when performing certain operations and it's making it nearly impossible to get work done. I've been paying close attention trying to find some ...
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Multicoloured circle of death since Yosemite

I have had my Macbook Pro MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Memory 4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 for about 3 years now and it has gradually got a bit slower in responding. I have a very ...
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New MacBook Pro slow performance, battery not working

I have a very recent (mid-2014) MacBook Pro Retina 15" that has been working fine since I got it (about two months). Suddenly, it has begun to run very slow in all apps, even though CPU usage is very ...
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Is there an update for the MacPro3,1 overclock utility that ZDNet produced several years ago?

The Mac Pro from 2008 (MacPro3,1) is still a fairly relevant machine in the modern OS X as not only does it run the latest releases of OSX, but also the 8 CPU cores that it came with provide enough ...
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Bootcamp + Windows 8.1 + Apple Macbook 2011

Recently I installed Windows 8.1 64bit on my Macbook Pro (2011). Everything went fine and I am able to duel boot using Bootcamp. Only issue I am facing is poor performance in Windows. Its taking ...
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Preview scrolling speeds?

When using Preview (on OS X 10.8 & 10.9) I noticed that the scrolling speed is too fast. I often read long documents and want to see in advance what are the chapters coming a few pages later. ...
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Graphics card confusion and pro apps

I'm doing a report and researching various Mac graphics cards and how they would work or not work with pro apps. I'm very confused by all of the terminology and specifications, so I hope I can ...
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Has a Graphics Driver or Something for Intel HD 3000 Been Changed in Mavericks 10.9.3?

So I updated to Mavericks 10.9.3 and didn't really thing anything of it, it just said security updates. After playing a few games and working on my project with OpenGL, I've noticed that performance ...
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Terminal speed up doesn't accept command line arguments from outside source?

From a previous suggestion I changed terminals startup command from default to '/usr/bin/bash' which I created as a link to '/bin/bash' which stops terminal from login in every time I open a tab ...
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TV lagging when watching regular TV channels while Apple TV is on

One of my friends is setting up a TV for another friend, and noticed something very odd. I don't know the specifics of the TV, but we're talking a 2014 Samsung Smart TV that hasn't been cheap at all. ...
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Does free disk space actually help mac performance?

Anyone will tell you that freeing disk space will make your mac faster - specially noticeable if your disk is almost full. I don't know if that's true. Is it? And why, exactly? I just don't see how ...
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Mac is really slow and I can't get Apps to open

When I try to open an App it does nothing. I go online and it is extremely slow. I have tried some of the idea's on here but, nothing has helped. I also tried to download a Clean up program. It isn't ...
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Show iPhone connection speed

I'd like to know if there is a way to show the current mobile link speed on my iPhone 5s. I mean the "physical" max. of the currently negotiated connection to the cell tower, not the actual ...
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Spring 2010 MBP discrete GPU performace vs current MacBook Air?

I have been using a mid-2010 MacBook Pro with 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, 7200 RPM 512 MB hard drive, and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M 512 MB discrete graphics card. After almost four ...
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How can I determine why keyboard response is intermittently very slow with large display?

I'm using a Seiki 4k display model SE39UY04 connected via HDMI with a Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013 MacBook Pro at 3840x2160 @ 30 Hz running Mavericks. I've noticed that with the laptop closed and only ...
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How do I remove akamai and speed up my iMac?

I have an iMac (running Leopard) going deadly slow, I discarded any hardware problems (Hardware tests, disk utility, etc..) and the only strange thing I've found is a folder called 'akamai' After ...
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What are the consequences of running the 13" retina MPB in higher native resolutions

This question is basically about how do different resolution settings affect the performance of your macbook. By default retinas are set at the "retina" display mode. You can also set them to the ...