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    HELP! Slowing down!
    My MacBook Pro Retina, now just five months old, is slowing dow considerably! It staggers to open Yahoo Mail and other pages, the blue bar at the top creeping along where when hew it took milliseconds! I also get the spinning,coloured disc when processing pictures whch again it never did when new!

    What could be causing this slowdown please and what's the best way to speed it up again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheddar-caveman View Post
    My MacBook Pro Retina, now just five months old, is slowing dow considerably! It staggers to open Yahoo Mail and other pages, the blue bar at the top creeping along where when hew it took milliseconds! I also get the spinning,coloured disc when processing pictures whch again it never did when new!

    What could be causing this slowdown please and what's the best way to speed it up again?
    Start with the basics. Download Onyx and run its full suite of maintenance and cache cleaning tool. See if that helps. You may have a corrupted cache.

    Let us know how much drive space you have used and how much is free. Also tell us if you have any 3rd party software that is running in the background, especially antivirus tools, and any extensions/plug-ins for Safari (or whatever browser you are using). Make sure Flash and Java are fully up to date, if they are installed.

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    Thanks for that lifesabeach but seem to be having problems with that download? I click on the "download" button, the little flying thing goes into my download folder but then nothing? Checking downloads in Finder there is nothing downloaded???

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheddar-caveman View Post
    Thanks for that lifesabeach but seem to be having problems with that download? I click on the "download" button, the little flying thing goes into my download folder but then nothing? Checking downloads in Finder there is nothing downloaded???
    Really need to:

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    Let us know how much drive space you have used and how much is free. Also tell us if you have any 3rd party software that is running in the background, especially antivirus tools, and any extensions/plug-ins for Safari (or whatever browser you are using). Make sure Flash and Java are fully up to date, if they are installed.
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    I have 195Gb of free disc space and as far as I know am not running any anti virus or 3rd party software in the background. I am using Safari as my browser.

    I have got Onyx up and running, backed up the Mac, performed the initial verification with Onyx and just about to start the maintenance etc.

    Thanks guys. I'll let you know what happens!

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    To verify any background running apps launching at startup:

    Open System Preferences - Users and accounts - Login Items

    Why we ask for the amount of used and free space...
    If that free space is on anything smaller than a 1TB drive - you are probably ok.
    If that is a 1 TB drive or larger - then you could very well be seeing an issue of not enough free space (in particular, contiguous free space).
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    OK. Have run the various OnyX programs and the computer is "fast"! Thank you guys very much for your help. I'll keep the OnyX onboard for future use.

    Cheers

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    Hi All experienced Onyx users - I just DL the app and first had the same problem installing & opening the program, after finally getting the app installed and going through checking my HD, I had a long list of descriptions - where does one go from there in checking out one's computer? Probably simple but there is not a clear menu of options - would appreciate some advice before doing 'too much' - thanks - Dave

    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
    Start with the basics. Download Onyx and run its full suite of maintenance and cache cleaning tool. See if that helps. You may have a corrupted cache.
    Quote Originally Posted by cheddar-caveman View Post
    Thanks for that lifesabeach but seem to be having problems with that download? I click on the "download" button, the little flying thing goes into my download folder but then nothing? Checking downloads in Finder there is nothing downloaded???

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    Thanks Harry - about to take a look @ the link - Dave

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    Onyx downloaded and run and it made a considerable difference to my Mac. Many thanks for all the help and advice!

    I also find the different names for the operating systems! Mine is 10.8.4 according to "about this Mac". What is that from the list please and why do they use two different names for the same thing?

    Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and even the newest: OnyX Lion.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheddar-caveman View Post
    Onyx downloaded and run and it made a considerable difference to my Mac. Many thanks for all the help and advice!

    I also find the different names for the operating systems! Mine is 10.8.4 according to "about this Mac". What is that from the list please and why do they use two different names for the same thing?

    Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and even the newest: OnyX Lion.
    There is no "Onyx Lion". Onyx is the piece of software we recommended for using in OS X. Here's the Wikipedia section explaining the OS version numbers and their "code names" (those "cats"):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X#Versions

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cheddar-caveman View Post
    Onyx downloaded and run and it made a considerable difference to my Mac. Many thanks for all the help and advice!

    I also find the different names for the operating systems! Mine is 10.8.4 according to "about this Mac". What is that from the list please and why do they use two different names for the same thing?

    Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and even the newest: OnyX Lion.

    Cheers
    Hi Caveman - LOL! Maybe you're kidding - not sure? But the recent versions of Mac OS X have been named after 'CATS' - the latest, i.e. 10.8.x (I have 10.8.5 on our Mac computers) is 'Mountain Lion' - WELL, Apple seems to have run out of cats (although Saber Tooth would have been my decision for the next one) - for a change of pace, the next update which I assume will be 10.9.x will be called 'Mavericks', so are we going to horses? Dave

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    So my system is also Mountain Lion (10.8.4) and no, I wasn't joking. I just wondered why Apple have to have two names for the same thing! My computer tells me that I have OSX 10.8.4 so why do I then need to "translate" this into Mountain Lion when the subject comes up? I run a Saab 9.5 Estate - it isn't also called a Mad Mare or whatever. Anybody who says a 9.5 Estate, everybody knows what they are talking about. Oh well, too much ramble!!

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