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Mac Pro weirdness/poor performance/finder icon faded

post #1 of 5
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I am experiening poor performance with my Mac Pro, including a very slow start up. Typically I get the grey start up screen with the apple logo and the spinning wheel for about 2 minutes, and then I can hear my Mac Pro kicking into gear and the startup proceeds, so maybe the whole startup takes 3-4 minutes.

Other weirdness includes a change to the finder dock icon which is faded, and has a faint white square around it. not sure what this means. I have uploaded a photo here for anyone who cares to look at it:

http://public.me.com/nick_harambee

Finally I am getting slow performance with some apps, especially Parallels.

I am not sure if these problems are connected but they all started at the same time, so I suspect they are.

Any help would be much appreciated

Thanks

Nick
OS X 10.6.2
Mac Pro
2 x 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
8 GB RAM
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OS X 10.6.2
Mac Pro
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8 GB RAM
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post #2 of 5
Find your install disk that came with the computer, stick it in the DVD drive, restart and hold down the "D" key. This will boot you into the hardware test. Run the full suite (will take a good while) and report back.
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post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by Mr. H View Post

Find your install disk that came with the computer, stick it in the DVD drive, restart and hold down the "D" key. This will boot you into the hardware test. Run the full suite (will take a good while) and report back.

thanks, ran the extended hardware test, but no problems found

i have also tried:

(i) reseating RAM
(ii) running repair disk and repair disk permission on startup drive from disk utility
(iii) running snow leopard performance update (says i don't have compatible hardware)

nick
OS X 10.6.2
Mac Pro
2 x 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
8 GB RAM
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OS X 10.6.2
Mac Pro
2 x 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
8 GB RAM
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post #4 of 5
I have a few questions which may lead to the cause hopefully

Do you have any third party system add-ons?

Once started does it affect any apps in any way?

Have you tried resetting the SMC?

Are there any crash/system related logs?
These can most times show what maybe happening and help get a fix.

Any info on any other strange behaviour would also help.
post #5 of 5
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Do you have any third party system add-ons?

not sure what you mean by this

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Once started does it affect any apps in any way?

the only thing i have noticed, other than the weird finder icon is that dmg files take longer to mount than normal

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Have you tried resetting the SMC?

no, i will try this now

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Are there any crash/system related logs?

not sure how to find these
OS X 10.6.2
Mac Pro
2 x 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
8 GB RAM
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OS X 10.6.2
Mac Pro
2 x 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
8 GB RAM
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