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

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helpd uses 100% CPU after installing any application with documentation

I see that after installing a software that ships with documentation in OS X’s help document format, the helpd process uses 100% CPU for up to 5 minutes or so. I also see this when you first install ...
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High windowServer CPU usage on Yosemite

Since upgrading from Mountain-Lion to Yosemite, my MacBookPro5,5 (13", 2.26GHz C2D, GeForce 9400m) is (almost always) showing bad performance while working with native windows like Finder, System ...
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FreeNAS, OS X Yosemite and automount

I've got FreeNAS 9.3 server (HP Microserver N54L) and connecting to it via NFS from my multiple OS X systems (running OS X Yosemite 10.10.1). I've always had low performance over the network (1Gig ...
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Prevent Open/Save dialog from solliciting external hard drives

I have several external drives, which I don't use constantly, and so they spin down, and rest. Unfortunately for me, every time I have the "Open..." or "Save..." dialogs, Mac OS X spins these hard ...
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What causes playing a video in browser to take up all the RAM?

I've been noticing lately that when I'm playing a video on my Mac from say Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, any video site via a browser, the computer gets extremely laggy for 5 minutes and then acts normal. ...
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OS X 10.9.2 has slowed down MATLAB

I am using 10.9.2 late 2013 computer to analyze my data, specifically with MATLAB, and generally I have many MATLABs open in parallel, doing some analyses for me. MATLAB, X or Y is completely ...
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Chrome loads very slowly while Safari very fast

Chrome loads any web page very slowly. Even making a google search takes more than 15 seconds while the same occurs in Safari instantaneously. I cleared the cache and disabled NPAPI plugins as ...
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AppleScript to find old mail messages is slow in ScriptEditor

So I have an AppleScript that iterates over all the messages in various mailboxes and finds messages which meet various criteria and moves them to Deleted Items. The mailboxes in question are ...
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How to fix 10.8 internet sharing resulting in poor file sharing performance and no Time Machine server?

TL;DR - File sharing performance is extremely poor on a Mac Pro running 10.8.2 with file sharing enabled. Using it as a Time Machine server also no longer works in this setup. I have been ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Acceptable and unacceptable speed for an external USB disk

I think my external HDD is running way too slow but I am not sure. Using XBench I get the following results: Seq: Uncached Write 0.79 0.49 MB/sec [4K blocks] Uncached Write 0.21 0.12 MB/sec ...
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MacBook Air is slow after inserted and removed USB audio player

I have a first generation MacBook Air. I plugged in a USB memory stick, which is actually a 2 GB MP3 player but serves as a memory stick as well. Finder never shows the content of the memory stick. ...
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TimeMachine performance issues on OSX Server 10.7.4

we are running OSX Server 10.7.4 on a MAC Pro (Mid 2010). Enabled services are Mail, Calendarserver, Contacts and Websharing. The Server has a Xeon Quad CPU and 32GB of RAM. A timecapsule is ...
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Macbook Pro Late 2011 stuck at 0.8 GHz

I have been experiencing a lot of problems with my Macbook Pro slowing down and crawling through small tasks like getting mail and opening Launchpad. I have 8 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory and a 2.2 GHz ...
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System very slow while and after login

I'm using OS X 10.8.4 on a Mac Mini with 2.3 GHz Core i5 and 8 GB RAM. For security reason I have to lock my computer to screensaver while I leave my seat for a while. I set it up so that password ...
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Why are disk images on AFP shares being disconnected?

I have a FreeNAS File Server which provides AFP shares to my Mac OS X clients. I'm seeing some strange performance issues between OS X 10.7.5 clients and the FreeNAS server. My goal is to use the ...
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Is 3G-less iPad considerably faster on wifi than iPad 3G?

I've just experimented with three 3G-less iPads and they all were much faster than this one iPad 3G that just never goes through my 128mb download, all over the same wifi. They're also all 16gb, if ...
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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 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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MacBook Pro 13" Retina RAM upgrade Yes / No

Current Situation : I am trying to figure out if in my situation a RAM upgrade from 8 GB to 16 GB is worth the $. Here is my specific situation. I am a simple apple user with a lot of Data. I ...
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Time capsule wired backup transfer slow with fast “bursts”

This has been asked already by someone else here, but there was no answer so I like to ask myself again. I got literally the same behavior, a slow down in read mode from initially like 50MB/s to like ...
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iOS Network Link Conditioner - difference between “in delay” and “dns delay”?

In the Network Link Conditioner profiles, What is the difference between in delay, out delay, and dns delay? I want to test how my app behaves when it makes a request, and the requested server takes ...
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MBP dramatically slowed over the weekend

I have my MBP (13" early-2011 i7) attached to an external screen (not in clamshell mode). I'm not sure what happened over the weekend but the MBP has been possessed somehow; first off it wouldn't wake ...
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Is there a program to monitor GPU processor usage in Yosemite?

iStat only reports memory usage, but I'm looking to see how much of the processor is being used from the AMD M290x graphics card in my iMac. Is this possible?
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High CPU usage during disk operations

Early 2009 17" MacBookPro (MacBookPro5,2) 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 240 GB OWC Mercury SSD, installed in 2010 I've had issues with high CPU usage for a while now. The original ...
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Low speed rate when transferring data to usb device

When I try to copy data to my USB device I see a very low speed rate. For example, transferring a movie of 750Mb takes 10 minutes. I have tried with some other external USB hard drives but I am also ...
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Higher kernel_task CPU usage when playing audio through Thunderbolt Display

I noticed today a higher kernel_task CPU usage when playing audio through Thunderbolt Display from my Macbook Pro (early 2011) on OS X Yosemite. Although the CPU usage is not very high (15 - 20%), it ...
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troubleshooting Finder (and disk access?) speeds — Dropbox extension problems?

I am on Yosemite 10.10.3, though in the public beta program (which now is in sync with releases). I am also in the Dropbox beta, now on 3.5.58, for what it's worth. File access is curiously slow now. ...
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Skype is using 60% to 80% CPU

I have a Mid-2014 15" MacBook Pro with an Nvidia graphics card. Skype uses around 60% - 80% CPU on my computer when I make a call (doesn't matter if it is video or voice call). I tried doing SMC and ...
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Slowness around Messages in iOS

I have a couple of different symptoms of extreme slowness in Messages which I think are related: Opening the Messages app itself sometimes takes 20+ seconds Opening a conversation within Messages ...
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Pros and cons to JBOD setup on MacBook Pro with two internal SSDs

I've got an original Apple-installed 120GB 3G (3Gb/s) SSD which I'll be moving into the optical bay using an OWC "Data Doubler" and swapping a new 240GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G (6Gb/s) SSD into the ...
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Chrome/Chromium scrolling is choppy and eats CPU

This problem has been around since I got my Macbook Pro Retina 2013, 13", 2.4Ghz, 16GB RAM, 256 GB SSD. Currently it's running the latest version of OS X Yosemite. Chrome's scrolling performance can ...
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Macbook Pro 17 Early 2008 - Mountain Lion - SSD Slow Performance

I have noticed significant performance degradation on my Samsung EVO running on an Old Macbook Pro, Intel Core 2 duo. Are there any SSD tips that I should apply to this hard drive? Will Trim Enabler ...