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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(
    I upgraded to SL within a few days of it being released and up until last week my white Macbook had been running speedy and smoothly as ever. Now however I can't open any application without the beach ball sitting there mocking me forever. Safari takes ages to load and using Transmission is not an option. Any help on why my system is so slow now? Is there anything I can do to speed it up a bit?

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudeitsriley View Post
    I upgraded to SL within a few days of it being released and up until last week my white Macbook had been running speedy and smoothly as ever. Now however I can't open any application without the beach ball sitting there mocking me forever. Safari takes ages to load and using Transmission is not an option. Any help on why my system is so slow now? Is there anything I can do to speed it up a bit?
    Have you done the system update yet? i noticed that as well on 10.6.0 but with 10.6.1 its alot better and haven't seen that since.

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippingviper View Post
    Have you done the system update yet? i noticed that as well on 10.6.0 but with 10.6.1 its alot better and haven't seen that since.
    Yes, I did the system update and that is when it started to slow down really bad. Seriously, it's almost unusable at times...

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(
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    Hm i'm not sure to tell you. Did you do an upgrade or a fresh install?

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippingviper View Post
    Hm i'm not sure to tell you. Did you do an upgrade or a fresh install?
    I did a fresh install and then restored from a backup.

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(
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    I've read different things from different people. I've heard of people having more success doing an upgrade then with a fresh install, not sure why this is. personally I upgraded from 10.5 and it runs mint.

    What year is your white macbook?

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippingviper View Post
    I've read different things from different people. I've heard of people having more success doing an upgrade then with a fresh install, not sure why this is. personally I upgraded from 10.5 and it runs mint.

    What year is your white macbook?
    I have a 2007 white Macbook. I'm not sure why an upgrade would make a difference though.

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(

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    I have the same problem. As soon as I applied the 10.6.1 update my system slowed to a crawl. Have not been able to find the problem, thought it was a owner issue with the admin folder but did the reset in terminal and no help. System is so slow I could have a birthday waiting for mail to load. I did a temporary fix by reformatting my drive, doing a fresh install then using the transfer from time machine option to import my user folder as well as all of my settings. Everything works fine as long as I don't let Software update apply the 10.6.1 update. I guess something on my system & the update don't get along. I did check the Activity Monitor and it did not show any unusual or heavy file use, total CPU use was <10% as well as Memory usage.

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    Are you getting a major list when performing permission repairs?

    I had no issues on the late 07 MB, when doing a clean install, however, certain speed issues were occurring with a couple of applications.... especially safari (which is not uncommon).
    I took the time consuming task eventually, of doing a clean install again, as well as a clean install of most my applications, freeing up the system of conflicting preferences and settings, etc
    ONce I had done this, I manually moved over preferences, files and settings to get my itunes, iphoto, garageband, mail, and the list goes on, until I got all the applications that I use as they were before installation.
    I even went as far as fresh downloads of plugins and add ons.
    The way I went about this was pen and paper, and dropping all my applications 1 by 1 into app cleaner (not deleting) and wrote down all the related files and locations, as well as everything in the "others" tab of the appcleaner window.
    Once doing this and doing a clean install, I put all the necessary files etc back, and then went though all the application, and anything that didn't work properly, if it didn't give me a report, I ran through all the HD, Home and System folders on my backup and searched for anything related to those applications and dragged and dropped until I got it right.
    Once again, I say time consuming, but now after a little trial and error, my MB is purring along beautifully

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(

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    maybe?
    This is far from a techie-type response, but I'll tell you what I did.

    I, too, was having these same issues after the 10.6.1 update.

    I just did the upgrade, and really didn't have too many issues until the update. So, I basically just went through and got as much stuff off the computer as possible, bringing the harddrive back up to about 100 GB of free space.

    I additionally cleaned my cache's and deleted all of my cookies. This actually seemed to REALLY help. I additionally noticed that mlb.nexgen.autobahn was running constantly, and removed it, and since I did all three things, I'm back to a much faster mac. Now if I could just parse this ****ed Java problem!

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    Quote Originally Posted by Dudeitsriley View Post
    I upgraded to SL within a few days of it being released and up until last week my white Macbook had been running speedy and smoothly as ever. Now however I can't open any application without the beach ball sitting there mocking me forever. Safari takes ages to load and using Transmission is not an option. Any help on why my system is so slow now? Is there anything I can do to speed it up a bit?
    The obvious is yet to to be asked.... What size is the HD and how much space do you have free?

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    Slow, sluggish, lagging system :(

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    Exactly. How much crap have you been putting on it with Transmission?

    Also, try 10.6.2 now.

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