beachballing, frequent crashes, slow system, boot issues

Oct 21, 2014
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Hi all
I hope this message finds you all in good shape.
I'm Rocco, 26, from Italy, and I'm experiencing what I discovered is a common problem.
My MacBookPro is very slow, and it takes up to 15 minutes to boot.
I thought it was a matter of failing hard drive, but the SMAT utility demo said the test has been "passed" with 0 corrupted or re-allocaded space. must be some sort of software issue
I made my MacBook Pro undergo some routine mantainance. I:
-repaired the disc from recovery partition
-zapped NVRAM
-made SMC to reset
-repaired permissions
-made frequents reboots and sleep-and-wake cicrles
but nothing helped.
So I checked my Activity Monitor just to find out some "system" activity (pictured red in my Activity Monitor) frequently exceeds CPU activity.
During severe beachballing, even Activity Monitor freezes, so I cannot be sure kernel_tasks is the problem. Here is my EtreCheck log. I hope someone will help.
Thanks in advance

Problem description:
severe beach balling and extreme boot sufferation

EtreCheck version: 2.0.6 (91)
Report generated 22 ottobre 2014 14:10:49 CEST

Hardware Information: ℹ️
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) (Verified)
MacBook Pro - model: MacBookPro9,2
1 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU: 2-core
8 GB RAM Upgradeable
4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz ok
4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz ok
Bluetooth: Good - Handoff/Airdrop2 supported
Wireless: en1: 802.11 a/b/g/n

Video Information: ℹ️
Intel HD Graphics 4000 -
Color LCD 1280 x 800

System Software: ℹ️
OS X 10.9.5 (13F34) - Uptime: 2:6:33

Disk Information: ℹ️
APPLE HDD TOSHIBA MK7559GSXF disk0 : (750,16 GB)
S.M.A.R.T. Status: Verified
EFI (disk0s1) <not mounted> : 210 MB
Macintosh HD (disk0s2) / [Startup]: 749.30 GB (583.40 GB free)
Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted> [Recovery]: 650 MB


USB Information: ℹ️
Apple Inc. FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in)
Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver
Apple Inc. Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad
Apple Inc. BRCM20702 Hub
Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller

Thunderbolt Information: ℹ️
Apple Inc. thunderbolt_bus

Configuration files: ℹ️
/etc/hosts - Count: 5

Gatekeeper: ℹ️
Mac App Store and identified developers

Launch Agents: ℹ️
[not loaded] com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist Support
[running] com.adobe.AdobeCreativeCloud.plist Support
[loaded] org.gpgtools.Libmacgpg.xpc.plist Support
[invalid?] org.gpgtools.macgpg2.updater.plist Support
[loaded] org.macosforge.xquartz.startx.plist Support

Launch Daemons: ℹ️
[loaded] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist Support
[invalid?] com.adobe.SwitchBoard.plist Support
[loaded] Support
[running] hdjsd.plist Support
[loaded] org.macosforge.xquartz.privileged_startx.plist Support

User Launch Agents: ℹ️
[loaded] Support

User Login Items: ℹ️

Internet Plug-ins: ℹ️
AdobeAAMDetect: Version: AdobeAAMDetect - SDK 10.7 Support
FlashPlayer-10.6: Version: - SDK 10.6 Support
QuickTime Plugin: Version: 7.7.3
Flash Player: Version: - SDK 10.6 Mismatch! Adobe recommends
Default Browser: Version: 537 - SDK 10.9
SharePointBrowserPlugin: Version: 14.4.5 - SDK 10.6 Support
DirectorShockwave: Version: 12.1.0r150 - SDK 10.6 Support
JavaAppletPlugin: Version: Java 7 Update 25 Check version

Safari Extensions: ℹ️
Open in Internet Explorer

3rd Party Preference Panes: ℹ️
Flash Player Support
GPGPreferences Support
Perian Support
TeXDistPrefPane Support

Time Machine: ℹ️
Time Machine not configured!

Top Processes by CPU: ℹ️
21% PhotoStreamAgent
11% WindowServer
9% ReportCrash
5% Google Chrome
3% Mail

Top Processes by Memory: ℹ️
189 MB Mail
146 MB
129 MB mds_stores
129 MB Google Chrome
86 MB

Virtual Memory Information: ℹ️
4.25 GB Free RAM
2.89 GB Active RAM
506 MB Inactive RAM
936 MB Wired RAM
1.81 GB Page-ins
0 B Page-outs



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Jan 23, 2008
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Keller, Texas
Your Mac's Specs
2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 8, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 Mini, Numerous iPods, Monterey
Hello Rocco: Welcome to the Mac Forums.

All the symptoms you describe can be attributed to a failing hard drive. Sometimes Disk Utility and SMART will report everything is OK but it's not. Why don't you try this:

Startup in SAFE boot mode. Hold down your shift key to restart and let's see what happens. If the same symptoms occur in safe boot mode, that usually points to bad hardware. In the meantime our advice is to backup your data as soon as you can.

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