OS X :: Expose And Spaces Suddenly Become Sluggish
Dec 14, 2009
My Expos� and Spaces suddenly become sluggish since last night. It had been very smooth since my installation of Snow Leopard but now it is lagging like hell. It seems the problem is spreading as well - Now it even lags when I am scrolling in a stack, and this problem didn't appear last night. I have rebooted, killall'd Dock, removed com.apple.Dock.plist, but still no luck.
I was first going to post this on the Community boards since this is more a geek opinion thing and not a technical thing but I'm putting it here b/c I noticed the Mac OCD thing here, too. Okay, so every once in a while, I decide that some aspect of my interaction with the UI is inefficient and annoying. Usually, its a very minor issue and my attempts to be less inefficient end up becoming ridiculous time wasters. Like my latest attempt to retrain my brain for what I think is "efficient" hot corner assignments:
Upper Left: Show Desktop Upper Right: All Windows Lower Left: Dashboard Lower Right: Spaces
Here's the way I figure it. Show Desktop is the one function that leaves the almost all elements of the UI intact, particularly the menu bar. For me, the most inadvertent activation of hot corner elements is the upper left, because that has the menu elements I reach for most often. With Show Desktop, this matters much less. Spaces and All Windows need to be in adjacent corners for quicker consecutive activation because I use them in combo to move stuff between spaces and applications. The distance between top and bottom is shorter than left and right so these go on the right side. Which leaves Dashboard on the lower left which is good because there's nothing in the lower right corner I reach for on a constant basis. Dashboard widgets are arranged so all of my drag and drop widgets are on the LL corner. Anyway, I've been driving myself nuts with this arrangement because I'm so used to my old assignments that I keep hitting the wrong corners. How long till I get used to it?
I'm using a Mighty Mouse, with the extra top mouse button mapped to Dashboard and the side button mapped to Expose. Is it possible to map a single mouse button to do two simultaneous functions--i.e., go to Spaces and Expose all programs?
I am seeing very slow performance when using spaces and expose in 10.6. I am on a mac mini with the 9400m graphics chip. It worked perfectly in Leopard, and now it runs at what appears to be 1fps. Sometimes it doesn't even seem to animate, it just jerks into place, from starting point to the end. I realize one solution could be "do a fresh install" but that seems like quite the pain at the moment, and is extremely undesirable. The upgrade worked perfectly on my macbook pro with similar specs. Is there anything I can reset or reinstall that might refresh the graphics performance?
I wondered if it is possible to disable the expose and spaces while playing games? My issue is this: I have 4 spaces enabled and set left top corner to activate spaces switch. When I play RTS for example I put mouse in that corner to move the map a bit, but spaces keep activating and Im loosing the game. It annoys the hell out of me, but If I deactivate it from System preferences then I have to assign all over again which software I want to be in what space.
I LOVE the design and multitouch-ness of the Magic Mouse, but I use Mighty Mouse ALL THE TIME to invoke Spaces and Expose. (Click the ball in for Spaces, and squeeze the sides for Expose). Can Magic Mouse invoke Spaces and Expose?
I glanced over the forums but didn't find any similar issues. Basically, Expose, Spotlight and spaces won't respond to any keyboard shortcuts (ie. Pressing F12 doesn't bring up the Dashboard, pressing Fn+F8, F9, F10 doesn't work, F11 won't hide all the windows, Command+Space bar won't invoke the Spotlight search bar, etc). what's really interesting about it is, all of these features are apparently working correctly (ie. Clicking directly on the Spotlight icon will bring up the search bar, using an active corner will perform its Expose function, etc).
When I first started using Parallels several months ago my Windows XP ran great and I had no problems. But recently it has become very sluggish and lags a lot. I'm using a Mac mini with 4gb of ram and have allocated Parallels to use the max 2876mb in the settings.
my G4 tower (specs in sig) and 15" PowerBook G4 1.33Ghz to iTunes 9.0.1 and the tower is giving me very slow performance. clicking to different play lists is accompanied by a delay of a second or more and sometimes a beach ball, and even switching between songs within a play list will sometimes involve a brief spinning beach ball. I've never had any version of iTunes, tight from the dawn of the application up to today, ever run this slow....
The PowerBook runs it better, though it definitely doesn't run quite as fast as the previous version. But nowhere near as bad as the on the tower. I just did a little cleanup on the tower with Onyx and it has not altered the poor performance.
I just downloaded the trial of Pixelmator to try it out. I really like the interface, but everything is really sluggish. The interface remains snappy, but any actual editing tasks hang and do all kinds of weird things. Even painting and stuff like that lags way behind the cursor.
a week ago i replaced my stock HDD with a 640 GB WD Scorpio Blue, did a clean install and installed everything all over. Still feels a bit slow though. I'm not sure if i'm just being too demanding since it's a brand new, expensive computer. So i wanted to ask you how your computers perform in simple day-to-day tasks.
I've used Garage band as an example, since i guess most of you have that installed, and could try these things out on your machines, to help me determine if i have a problem:
1. I often, if not always, get the spinning beachball, when i launch not-light apps - fx. MS Excel or Garageband. Do you guys get that too (the beachball)?
2. Garageband takes 15+ sec. to launch (from click on icon till "New Project" pops up. How long do your computer take to launch it?
3. When quitting applications, this can sometimes also take a few seconds (not saving anything) and it feels slow. Do your computer act that way too?
4. Sometimes, when i'm writing a text, fx. in the Safari Google search box, the text "lags" - it doesn't appear right away, but 1-3 sec after i started writing it. Do your computer do that too sometimes?
5. Right before i posted this message, i was opening System Preferences (i only have 3 prefPanes besides from the standard ones). Even opening that very light app took a few seconds and gave me a beachball. Do you ever get beachballs from opening and working with such light applications?
My mac mini is running sluggish specially if I open browsers i.e. safari 5, mozilla.Dont know what happen coz previously it runs smoothly, Then just last week, when i open browsers, it take some time to open, my 15" Powebook G4 1.25 speeds up faster than my mini
I will be upgrading a couple of 10.5 Macs to 10.6 (will download family pack from Apple Store). One of the 10.5 Macs has gotten rather sluggish. I rather guess that some preferences or other library files are problematic. What sort of install options will I see that might impact whether I eliminate sources of slowness?
My Mac Pro (specs in sig) has recently been really quite slow. Opening Safari and Adium and iTunes all at once causes repeated beachballs, as does opening new tabs, switching back and forth from expose' etc. I use onyx and take very good care of my equipment, but am admittedly tech-lame about how to speed it up. It also hangs in photoshop quite a lot, and although the files are large (1-5GB) it seems to do so overly much. My own thoughts lend me to think that I need to purchase another harddrive to use a scratchdisk, but I'm not really sure.
I am hoping that I can get an answer to my question. I have a G4 Powerbook and when I play movies in iTunes, the playback is absolutely sluggish. I have the same problem when playing video online. What could my problem be?Specs:
15" G4 Powerbook 1 GHz PPC 2 GB DDR SDRAM OS X 10.4.11
i opened my macbook pro from sleep and it was extremely sluggish barely responding, i rebooted but had problems and force quit all applications that immediately opened. I was forced to reboot several times since each time getting a grey screen that very slowly evolves into my desktop but nothing will work not even disk utility to diagnose..
I have a Black Macbook. 2.2ghz, 1GB Ram, running Snow Leopard. Recently I've been finding my laptop rather sluggish and slow when performing tasks and opening applications. Firefox will often be quite slow at performing mundane tasks as well as flicking between applications that are open which is also slow. I use a couple of apps to help clear out unnecessary files etc to help with performance and stuff but clearly this doesn't appear to be working.
When watching a 720p video on Youtube, my Mac jumps to like 50-60% CPU usage. The frame rate slows and is almost unbearable to watch. I have also noticed that if I leave my MBP on for like >3 days then sooner or later my computer will get really sluggish and unresponsive. I end up having to restart because the CPU is going so insanely high. Okay, as I write this, I am having huge CPU jumps while doing nothing but typing this. Yes, Youtube is open in another window, but still.
My Macbook Pro is running slugishly. Sometimes I request a HELP dialog box and it never appears or it appears blank. Sometimes applications don't work. I went to Disk Repair and ran a VERIFY on disk permissions. There were a thousand of permissions that were not correct. Mostly they were from EPSON and from AIR PORT UTILITIES.
There was one warning: Warning: SUID file "System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/ARDAg ent" has been modified and will not be repaired.
I installed Rosetta Stone recently. Most of the AIR PORT UTILITIES are language related (French, Spanish, English). Should I repair my permissions? I wouldn't want my printer or Rosetta Stone or something worse to stop working because I repaired my Hard Disk permissions.
Info: MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Kingstons 32 Gig Thumb Drive
I have a 13 month old macbook pro. Recently it has been operating VERY sluggishly. Its slow/jumpy when scrolling through internet pages, through documents, pictures, downloads etc. The little rainbow 'loading' icon (i'm sorry i'm not sure what it's called) seems to appear all the time, when doing most things.I've also noticed that my battery life has gone appaling. I charge it up and get a couple of hours tops now and the 'time remaining' icon jumps up and down massively now rather than remaining relatively constant.
I just upgraded my hdd to a 500gb WD scorpio blue in my 2010 MBP 13". It seems to start and stop a lot more than the apple one (if that makes sense). and every now and then the computer seems to lag for 1-2 seconds when doing things like typing, scrolling, etc. I've tried searching and found other people have had similar problems with older MBPs and they talked about some EFI firmware or something. Does this apply to my MBP too? Or does anyone have any other suggestions of what I can do?
I have a MacBook pro 13" that I bought around April 2010 (right when they switched to the 4GB of RAM and GeForce 320M video card)The original problem started with my trackpad movements becoming very sluggish. This eventually led to a complete lockup at the apple screen. I did everything suggested in previous posts (reset pram ECT). Nothing worked so I reinstalled OSX and everything was fixed.
About a week later the problem started again with the same exact outcome. Now after reinstalling a third time, I have this very wierd screen on my screen. Its hard to explain so please see pictures. After sitting on the apple logo for about 5 min, this is now my screen...
My 2011 Macpro 13 is sluggish on battery only and speeds up when Power source is connected. I ran H/W diagonostics at start up (by pressing and holding D). It gives error message - 4SNS/1/40000001:YPOR-0.000. At top it shows checking memory and I have tried both quick and detailed tests and same error messag comes. At bottom it says Pass number 1, and total testing time.
So this evening I finally upgraded my MacBook (1.83GHz, first generation) to Leopard. (I am not a luddite, but rather just really behind the times.) I had previously been using OS X 10.4.11, and upgraded via a retail OS X 10.5.4 installation disk (legally acquired).
Everything seemed to go swimmingly.
But then I noticed that my F7 key, which previously controlled the Expose "All windows" function (indeed, it is labeled as such), has stopped functioning properly. It no longer controls the Expose "All windows" function. That function is now handled by the F9 key.
I have consulted Google, and have tried a number of potential fixes. I've tried to reassign the key function(s) via both the Keyboard & Mouse pane and the Expose & Spaces pane in the System Preferences. No dice.
I'm a new Mac owner (i know i can hear you grown lol) and sorry to ask such a boring question but I can't seem to get my Expose to work, i can get spaces to work just fine although not when using the nominated hot keys - it only works when i click on the icon in the dock. I can't see anything in this forum that really details every step of expose and I don't want to to play with that app too much in case i create an abomination that I don't know how to fix.