Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

11

Disable Automatic Graphics Switching EDIT: In diagnosing the issue, you should update to the latest 10.7.2 update After browsing the Apple Discussions Forums more thoroughly, it seems that disabling automatic graphics switching in the energy/power settings of system preferences seems to prevent the freeze. This forces the MacBook Pro to use the ...


11

Suspect an issue affecting the WindowServer process (long edition) a more generic edition of this answer appears under How do you get system diagnostic files from OS X? power users may prefer to read nearby Suspect an issue affecting the WindowServer process (brief edition …) The symptoms you describe are familiar but not commonplace and in my case, ...


11

This answer may come a bit late for you, but I was able to solve this problem by removing the Finder plist and restarting Finder. You can do this in Terminal by entering the following command: rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist && killall -HUP Finder Give that a shot and see how it works.


9

Yes, it's called NetAuthAgent. You can tell I've had this problem before! :(


8

Do you happen to have the Android File Transfer application installed? Various users on macrumors have noted the same issue, and have narrowed it down to having AFT installed. I'm getting the same problem, and I too have AFT installed, but I won't be removing it any time soon as it's the only way to get anything to/from my Android devices.


8

Hold the Home Button and Power/Sleep buttons together until it hard resets.


7

The % CPU is relative to 1 core, so 726% is using almost 8 cores. Core is loosely defined, so 1 Hyper-Threaded, "virtual" core looks like 2 cores to Activity Monitor. What type of system do you have? If it is just 2 cores (which is seems to be) then nik's answer sounds correct. A late model 8-core system can look like 16 cores to Activity Monitor:


7

OptCmdQ worked for me on a new Macbook Pro i5 2.4Ghz I can only presume that discarding the previous windows cleaned out something that was causing the app to run slowly.


7

It's very unlikely you downloaded something or broke everything with one download. Also - with at least 4 things not working well - please protect your pictures, emails just in case it's a hardware failure. When only one thing is broken - it's often worthwhile to poke, learn, understand what broke and look for a fix of that one issue. For any group of ...


7

The Mac models that support this have a secondary processor, independent of the CPU (it's the LOM on Intel Xserves, SMC on regular Macs). Basically, the secondary processor can have a countdown timer set up, and reset the CPU (forcing a reboot) if the counter hits 0. Meanwhile, a process running within OS X (originally it was a program called watchdog, but ...


7

There is usually no correlation between a stuck process of top and a non-responding application: stuck means that the process is currently un-interruptible which usually is the case if the process is waiting for a disk or network data block to be read (or similar low-level stuff). Technically speaking the process is executing in kernel space (aka Unix ...


7

Several users have found this to work (and as far as I can evaluate, it fixed it for me as well): Log in/switch to an administrator account open Terminal sudo rm /Library/LaunchAgents/com.google.keystone.agent.plist sudo rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.google.keystone.daemon.plist


6

If you can't launch or switch programs (I find Spotlight is a good way to do this if everything else is hanging, just hit ⌘Space, but it may not work in your case), you could enable SSH access ahead of time, and then use another device to log in and check what's hogging your CPU. Open Sharing Preferences and enable Remote Login. Then you can connect via SSH ...


6

Holding the power button and letting the System Management Controller SMC perform an immediate halt is no worse than letting the software initiate the halt. I suppose you could come up with a scenario with the mac in free fall or something relating to the head not being parked, but modern hardware is designed to handle power losses from the wall outlet with ...


5

It’s a new machine, if it hangs “out of the box” take it back for repairs, it’s under warranty. It could be the memory (RAM). Don’t change anything, let the Apple folks do it for you.


5

Search for the Starcraft 2 process in the process list. I don't know the name of the binary but something like ps aux | grep -i starcraft should get you there The number in the second column is the PID kill PID or (if this doesn't work) kill -9 PID (if you are not the owner of the process, you can use sudo kill ... instead) Depending on the process ...


5

Thanks for uploading the Logfile. There are several entries which could describe the Problems, f.e.: 25/10/13 4:29:58.408 pm WindowServer[125] disable_update_timeout: UI updates were forcibly disabled by application "Mail" for over 1.00 seconds. Server has re-enabled them. 25/10/13 4:30:12.256 pm WindowServer[125] disable_update_likely_unbalanced: UI ...


5

I'm going to take a wild stab in the dark guess and say that this is related to the highly documented "Mountain Lion wake bug" (at least that's what I've dubbed it.) It's been discussed in a variety of threads on apple support forums, but probably the most successful I found was this one. I had the problem too and I found that there was one simple fix on ...


4

A restore of Time Machine back to the drive will not restore it to a bootable state. You must install the OS onto the drive from the install download (Lion) or install disk (pre-Lion). To do what you expected you need to make a clone of your boot drive. Use a tool like Carbon Copy Cloner. It makes an exact copy of your drive. If that drive happens to be ...


4

@Ashley mentioned it could be related to file corruption in Keychain files. Not widely known but KeyChain has its own First Aid utility which can be used to Verify or Repair the keychain files. Just invoke from the Keychain menu: Worth checking?


4

I'll answer the "bad blocks" tack and you can ask a follow on question if you still have slowness and you have concluded that it's not simply bad blocks. (Bad blocks is almost never a slow issue - since the system can remap blocks so rapidly, that you'd need rafts and rafts of them to actually impair I/O. If you do have bad blocks, they can corrupt some of ...


4

If you have Terminal.app open anyway (doesn't matter whether it's in fullscreen mode or not): Cmd-T to create new tab/shell ps aux | fgrep /dev/random to find the running cat (you can grep for cat as well but there might be more than one matching line) kill <PID from above> (or kill -9 <PID>) Just be patient, the system may be really slow ...


4

Number one, backup immediately. At least if it dies you got all your data. I would recommend using a drive scanning utility to check your drive for hardware issues. S.M.A.R.T is useless, its pretty good that telling you that your drive is already dead. All the really good utils aren't free. Techtool Pro has been my tool of choice, however its not cheap. ...


4

Using the fs_usage command to view file system activity If you're happy working in Terminal, a result from the following routine might help to estimate the causes of slowness. open Preview then alt/optioncommandq to Quit and Discard Windows in Terminal, open a new window paste the following line to Terminal then key return or enter sudo fs_usage cmd ...


4

[Perhaps this should be a comment rather than an answer, but I don’t have quite enough reputation points yet to comment. Sigh.] I wonder whether the log is showing cause or effect here. It looks like you have an external drive attached. Since the problem happens at the one-hour mark, and since there are drive-related errors immediately pre-freeze, perhaps ...


3

I started to do the same as mentioned above -removing all location-based reminders including completed ones... (had to go directly to iCloud.com) As I was going through, I found one that had "location: null", deleted it (or just removed the location part of it) and then, before deleting any more, tried my reminder app on my Mac computer (running Mavericks ...


3

When the OS is starved for room on disk, bad things happen by design in an effort to try to keep the critical parts of the system online long enough to let a controlled crash happen and potentially let apps with changes to save survive until the cleanup activity starts. Mavericks is much less likely to allocate the full amount of RAM to /var/db/sleepimage ...


3

You should check the Console logs. My computer displayed these exact symptoms. The console logs displayed this error: kernel[0]: disk0s2: I/O error After reformatting the hard drive and locking out bad sectors, they went away for a time. Alas, they came back, and it seems I'll have to replace the hard drive which is likely failing. In your particular ...


3

You are clearly aware of the issues involved and potential solutions. For the safety of your data I would recommend 2 additional things you can do. A disk which makes unexpected noises is probably failing. The failure may happen soon or take some time. Nevertheless, it's always best to assume the worst, to check you backups work and to get a replacement as ...


3

Your own advice is fairly good in this scenario. There is a possibility that you have just some serious file system corruption, but usually Disk Utility should catch that. If you want, you can boot into single user mode (CMD S on boot) and it will give you a little file system cleanup command you can run fsck -fy and then press enter, when it finishes you ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible