very, very slow on Mac Mini

Kay C Lan lan.kc.macmail at
Tue Apr 1 03:20:13 CEST 2014

On all three have Activity Monitor available and see what the numbers are
for CPU and Memory; not just the raw numbers but also the relative ranking.

Is the Mac Mini only occasionally used, is there a possibility that
Spotlight was in the middle of a massive index - process mdworker - which
was notorious on Lion and Mountain Lion for slowing Time Machine into a
multi-day exercise. Was Time Machine doing it's thing, or any other back-up
software. Again, if this is an occasionally turn on machine is it possible
that all the Auto-Update features are On (they typically are by default)
and it was downloading a bunch of updates and installing them?

I have a mid 2011 Mac Mini with 8 GB Ram and Lion 10.7.5 and my stacks run
the same as my mid 2012 MBP 15" Retina with 16 GB and Mavericks 10.9.2.
 Actually, apparently a bit faster on the Mac Mini until I employed the
Retina display workaround using QuickRes as posted here by Neil Roger.

On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 8:12 AM, Dr. Hawkins <dochawk at> wrote:

> My application performs snappily on my iMac and powerbook, both with 16gb.
> On the mini, though, it turns to molasses.  As in taking several seconds to
> turn a from one fairly simple card to the next, which is instantaneous in
> either the IDE or a standalone on the other two.  It's a slower machine,
> but not *that* much slower.
> And this was the only loaded application.
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