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iMac that spends most of its time reading and swapping files from the 2TB hard drive That sounds like a problem that needs to be addressed. 1) how do you know this is what is happening? 2) How much memory does your computer have? 3) if you are Terminal-fluent, provide the results of ls -l /var/vm


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I just posted about what I did to solve the WindowServer message overload on my Yosemite version (10.10.1, which hadn't fixed it). From various comments that I'd found while googling the issue it seemed to me that the zero length preference files for WindowServer might be causing the problem (just a guess and as yet not confirmed by others since I just ...


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As you know with SATA connection you get 3 to 6 Gb/s. With Firewire you get < 1 Gb/s data transfer. To be specific: Firewire 800 is 800 Mbits/s (Mb/s) not 800 Mbytes/s (MB/s) [8 bits in a byte] its a common misconception. so Firewire 800 is rated up to 80 MB/s.


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I had a similar issue with high cpu usage in WindowServer which I managed to get back to something more normal by removing any items in my menu bar that were making high frequency drawing updates. In my case it was the Network Monitor from Little Snitch that seemed to be the biggest culprit.


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FWIW, my experience is identical in all scenarios you describe (The original and both work-arounds). I'm using 10.10.1 on a 2014 Mini CoreI7 with 16GB of RAM and an SSD with two external 24" displays. I do see a very slight lag on the kraken.io site, but nothing awful. Some ideas on further troubleshooting steps — Each of these steps aim to reduce the ...


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Best workaround so far: In System Preferences-Accessibility, select Increase contrast (which will implicitly select Reduce transparency). This seems to improve performance in some circumstances, but it does dramatically affects aesthetics. The slider on http://kraken.io is smooth while zoomed in. There are still some circumstances where zooming is a little ...


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There is a workaround posted on the Apple forums. Pros: The mouse/key entry performance does "feel" significantly better, as does the momentum zoom. Zoom is per-screen, rather than both at once Cons: It is still not nearly as performant as it was in Mavericks. The testufo.com site will still not render at 60fps while zooming. While this workaround ...


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It depends on how you're going to use it. If your daily MacBook usage only consists of stuff like websites browsing, watching movies on VLC and creating a Word or Excel document from time to time, then, I would say, 2 cores are surely enough. But if you're using software that requires more resources like audio/video processing (Adobe products, for ...


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My machine has the same problem, what I did is uninstall the Google Chrome, and then everything goes smoothly. It might not help you since you are a web developer and may rely on Chrome


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I can say it's not memory. I have a new MPB since 1 week, with a SSD under WIN64 8.1 and 16gb of memory and exactly the same behavior, instead maybe it's not permanently, maybe 100% during 10s every 5 or 10 minutes.


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I always recommend an SSD as an upgrade to revitalize just about any system. You will notice a performance increase with an SSD, though it will be mostly load times (we're talking a night and day difference here). You aren't going to increase your frame rate. Sure, it's true that your system doesn't have many more years (months) left in it, but if you buy a ...


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IMO it is not worth if you do the math. You would come by for a short while with SSD + RAM, but soon to find out you do not have enough computing power. You would need to upgrade the GPU + CPU + RAM + SSD to bring it up to snuff to last you another 3-5 years. So what ever money you spend, it will not bring you up to today's standard and maybe only improve ...


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More RAM will always give you a nice little performance boost but the real power comes down to what processor you have.


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From what I've collected yet, the following might be able to help you (find my personal experiences in italic): Mission Control: switch "Displays have separate Spaces off", switch Dashboard off. Dashboard as an overlay really slowed things down for me Fix disk permissions, reset System Management Controller, reset PRAM (Luis Mercado explained this well at ...


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Hi, try this: Disable the "Display have separate Spaces" LogOff and Login again, check the process... all fine?


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"Fusion drive" is yet another name dubbed by apple.. It's what's called generally a "hybrid ssd". What that means is that part of the "drive" as such is "solid state", in that it world like ram/rom, and the other part is typical motorised magnetic disk hard-drive. The boost in speed is where the "solid state" comes in. The most commonly things accessed by ...


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Convert all footage to The Apple Intermediate Codec ( AIC )first before importing. Makes a big difference in rendering time. Use MPEG Streamclip to convert


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So I made a Mountain Lion boot stick, wiped it, reinstalled fresh, and it's blazing fast again. Either Yosemite / Mavericks beforehand had slowed it down, or the drive itself had just become very fragmented / clogged / heavy. All good now, I'd forgotten how nippy the thing can be!


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Simplified explanation: When an application is started, an entry is written to disk that says this app is currently active. When an application quits, that entry is removed. When the system starts and finds entries in this list, it's an indicator that the system crashed or did not shut down properly and it can offer to relaunch those apps for you. It takes ...


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You are misreading the "restore the windows that it previously had open".- it means applications that were open prior pushing the Power button to shut down. It definitely knows what applications are open at the any time. So it is simply asking you if you want those applications reopen.


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If you don't want to replace the drive (an SSD can make any computer seem much faster) then you could try defragging the drive. There are a number of utilities out there that defrag, however I remember hearing that Mac OS included an on the fly built in defragging service a few revisions back, making most defragging utilities a questionable investment. That ...


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If you're adept at such things, you could swap out the internal 54K RPM drive with a SSD, and put the 54K drive into an external enclosure for Plex data. OWC* (Macsales.com) sells kits with an external enclosure, cable & instructions. It'll make the Mini as fast as heck. I did this for a friend of mine on a tight budget and she's very pleased. An ...


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Fusion Drive is an OS X specific way of caching data. If you use Bootcamp on a Fusion Drive you will get Windows on the hard drive only. Some information from this Apple note


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try enabling SSD on the virtual drive. This helped in my environment.



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