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#1 kcsummer

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:41 PM

I just managed to get my Snow Leopard I-Mac functioning again after one month but it is VERY SLOW. I have downloaded Cocktail and Onyx to use but I am also checking the ACTIVITY MONITOR but I need to know how to interpret what I see. For example, where it says "threads" it may show 20 or 30 or more. Is that abnormal?

It looks like it was jammed with too much stuff at once and thus the spinning wheel status for a month but that's just my guess.

Can someone tell me what NORMAL looks llike on Activity Monitor? What should I watch for? Thanks :mellow:

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:34 PM

Launch Activity Monitor.
In the drop down menu choose All Processes.
At the bottom choose the System Memory tab.

Grab a screenshot of Activity Monitor and post it on here. Even better if you can post a screenshot of it when a beachball appears.

Here's what mine looks like.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:24 PM

Thanks I will do that and post it here. I had problems this afternoon while running a program and have had to start over but I should be able to get bank on and get the info / screenshot. I had to shut the computer down and when I started it back up it wouldn't do anything so I started it in disk mode to try something on terminal that didn't work so hopefully when I restart it will be back to the previous usable but slow system.:whistle:

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:14 PM

Launch Activity Monitor.
In the drop down menu choose All Processes.
At the bottom choose the System Memory tab.

Grab a screenshot of Activity Monitor and post it on here. Even better if you can post a screenshot of it when a beachball appears.

Here's what mine looks like.

Posted Image


How do I post a screenshot? I was unable to get a screenshot but I got the next best thing. The problem is once I have it doing a couple of things then Firefox goes down. Just a few things gets the beachball spinning and then I can't do anything. It takes forever coz you have to wait for it to stop and then try again. Anyway now I cannot figure out how to post what I have here. Well I will keep working on posting it here.

Okay I have a text file I will try to copy here and hopefully it will give you some info thanks. I realize this isn't what you asked for but its best I can do for now. Mine isnt all jumbled like this it is in columns but I can't figure out how to do that. I thought I could attach an image file from my computer but I can't figure it out this is so frustrating what with the Apple being so slow and now this which I'm sending from my laptop. MAYBE THIS IS BETTER I tried to separate it into columns manually. WELL I HAD IT in columns but when I save it then it went back to same as before. SIGH.

Active Memory: 570.3 MB
Free Memory: 2.50 GB
Wired Memory: 644.6 MB
Used Memory: 1.50 GB
Inactive Memory: 322.0 MB
Total VM: 139.67 GB
Number of processes: 58

PID Process Name User CPU Real Mem Virtual Mem
0 kernel_task root 0.7 245.1 MB 1.74 GB
1 launchd root 0.0 1.3 MB 2.36 GB
10 kextd root 0.0 3.3 MB 2.35 GB
11 DirectoryService root 0.0 6.7 MB 2.36 GB
12 notifyd root 0.0 644 KB 2.34 GB
13 diskarbitrationd root 0.0 1.6 MB 2.35 GB
14 configd root 0.0 3.3 MB 2.38 GB
15 syslogd root 0.0 788 KB 2.36 GB
16 distnoted daemon 0.0 1.4 MB 2.35 GB
17 blued root 0.0 4.9 MB 2.37 GB
18 mDNSResponder _mdnsrespo 0.0 1.8 MB 2.36 GB
20 coreservicesd root 0.9 18.8 MB 2.37 GB
25 securityd root 0.0 2.4 MB 2.35 GB
28 ntpd root 0.0 1.1 MB 2.32 GB
29 cupsd root 0.0 2.2 MB 2.36 GB
30 krb5kdc root 0.0 2.2 MB 2.33 GB
32 usbmuxd _usbmuxd 0.0 2.0 MB 2.35 GB
36 RFBRegisterMDNS root 0.0 1.7 MB 2.33 GB
37 ptmd root 0.0 2.9 MB 2.35 GB
38 mds root 0.0 47.9 MB 2.48 GB
39 loginwindow annerobert 0.0 11.0 MB 2.67 GB
40 KernelEventAgent root 0.0 1.0 MB 2.34 GB
42 hidd root 0.0 944 KB 2.33 GB
43 fseventsd root 0.0 2.0 MB 2.36 GB
45 dynamic_pager root 0.0 796 KB 2.32 GB
51 autofsd root 0.0 1.0 MB 2.34 GB
60 socketfilterfw root 0.0 3.4 MB 2.36 GB
70 WindowServer _windowser 0.6 33.4 MB 2.68 GB
71 cgpdftoraster _lp 0.0 23.1 MB 2.37 GB
72 Raster2CanonIJ _lp 0.1 5.5 MB 2.36 GB
73 usb _lp 0.0 1.1 MB 2.34 GB
87 cvmsServ root 0.0 876 KB 2.33 GB
118 coreaudiod _coreaudio 0.0 2.2 MB 2.36 GB
124 launchd annerobert 0.0 1.0 MB 2.36 GB
128 Dock annerobert 0.0 21.0 MB 2.68 GB
129 SystemUIServer annerobert 0.1 24.8 MB 2.72 GB
130 Finder annerobert 0.9 18.4 MB 2.67 GB
135 UserEventAgent annerobert 0.0 9.0 MB 2.37 GB
137 AppleVNCServer annerobert 0.0 3.8 MB 2.60 GB
142 AirPort Base Station annerobert 0.0 1.6 MB 2.34 GB
143 SIMBL Agent annerobert 0.0 6.4 MB 10.65 GB
151 pboard annerobert 0.0 852 KB 2.32 GB
170 4900 Series Button annerobert 0.0 1.6 MB 875.0 MB
178 fontd annerobert 0.0 3.7 MB 2.40 GB
232 Firefox annerobert 100.1 232.0 MB 343 GB
235 Dropbox annerobert 0.0 43.8 MB 968.0 MB
236 iAntiVirus annerobert 0.0 10.0 MB 105 GB
303 g2p_commagenthost root 0.0 4.3 MB 645.0 MB
306 CNSSelectorAgent annerobert 0.0 4.6 MB 2.62 GB
314 g2p_launchagenthost annerobert 0.0 3.3 MB 628.3 MB
328 iavd root 0.2 9.2 MB 624.6 MB
623 Image Capture annerobert 0.0 5.8 MB 2.62 GB
889 Firefox Plugin Proce annerobert 0.5 23.8 MB 2.73 GB
5178 mdworker annerobert 0.0 8.4 MB 2.37 GB
5197 Quick Look Helper annerobert 0.0 21.8 MB 2.94 GB
5212 Activity Monitor annerobert 4.7 19.5 MB 2.69 GB
5214 cvmsComp_x86_64 annerobert 0.0 6.0 MB 2.34 GB
5216 activitymonitord root 1.4 1.2 MB 2.33 GB

Edited by kcsummer, 20 November 2012 - 01:45 PM.


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:05 PM


Launch Activity Monitor.
In the drop down menu choose All Processes.
At the bottom choose the System Memory tab.

Grab a screenshot of Activity Monitor and post it on here. Even better if you can post a screenshot of it when a beachball appears.

Here's what mine looks like.

Posted Image


How do I post a screenshot? I was unable to get a screenshot but I got the next best thing. The problem is once I have it doing a couple of things then Firefox goes down. Just a few things gets the beachball spinning and then I can't do anything. It takes forever coz you have to wait for it to stop and then try again. Anyway now I cannot figure out how to post what I have here. Well I will keep working on posting it here.

Okay I have a text file I will try to copy here and hopefully it will give you some info thanks. I realize this isn't what you asked for but its best I can do for now. Mine isnt all jumbled like this it is in columns but I can't figure out how to do that. I thought I could attach an image file from my computer but I can't figure it out this is so frustrating what with the Apple being so slow and now this which I'm sending from my laptop. MAYBE THIS IS BETTER I tried to separate it into columns manually. WELL I HAD IT in columns but when I save it then it went back to same as before. SIGH.

Active Memory: 570.3 MB
Free Memory: 2.50 GB
Wired Memory: 644.6 MB
Used Memory: 1.50 GB
Inactive Memory: 322.0 MB
Total VM: 139.67 GB
Number of processes: 58

PID Process Name User CPU Real Mem Virtual Mem
0 kernel_task root 0.7 245.1 MB 1.74 GB
1 launchd root 0.0 1.3 MB 2.36 GB
10 kextd root 0.0 3.3 MB 2.35 GB
11 DirectoryService root 0.0 6.7 MB 2.36 GB
12 notifyd root 0.0 644 KB 2.34 GB
13 diskarbitrationd root 0.0 1.6 MB 2.35 GB
14 configd root 0.0 3.3 MB 2.38 GB
15 syslogd root 0.0 788 KB 2.36 GB
16 distnoted daemon 0.0 1.4 MB 2.35 GB
17 blued root 0.0 4.9 MB 2.37 GB
18 mDNSResponder _mdnsrespo 0.0 1.8 MB 2.36 GB
20 coreservicesd root 0.9 18.8 MB 2.37 GB
25 securityd root 0.0 2.4 MB 2.35 GB
28 ntpd root 0.0 1.1 MB 2.32 GB
29 cupsd root 0.0 2.2 MB 2.36 GB
30 krb5kdc root 0.0 2.2 MB 2.33 GB
32 usbmuxd _usbmuxd 0.0 2.0 MB 2.35 GB
36 RFBRegisterMDNS root 0.0 1.7 MB 2.33 GB
37 ptmd root 0.0 2.9 MB 2.35 GB
38 mds root 0.0 47.9 MB 2.48 GB
39 loginwindow annerobert 0.0 11.0 MB 2.67 GB
40 KernelEventAgent root 0.0 1.0 MB 2.34 GB
42 hidd root 0.0 944 KB 2.33 GB
43 fseventsd root 0.0 2.0 MB 2.36 GB
45 dynamic_pager root 0.0 796 KB 2.32 GB
51 autofsd root 0.0 1.0 MB 2.34 GB
60 socketfilterfw root 0.0 3.4 MB 2.36 GB
70 WindowServer _windowser 0.6 33.4 MB 2.68 GB
71 cgpdftoraster _lp 0.0 23.1 MB 2.37 GB
72 Raster2CanonIJ _lp 0.1 5.5 MB 2.36 GB
73 usb _lp 0.0 1.1 MB 2.34 GB
87 cvmsServ root 0.0 876 KB 2.33 GB
118 coreaudiod _coreaudio 0.0 2.2 MB 2.36 GB
124 launchd annerobert 0.0 1.0 MB 2.36 GB
128 Dock annerobert 0.0 21.0 MB 2.68 GB
129 SystemUIServer annerobert 0.1 24.8 MB 2.72 GB
130 Finder annerobert 0.9 18.4 MB 2.67 GB
135 UserEventAgent annerobert 0.0 9.0 MB 2.37 GB
137 AppleVNCServer annerobert 0.0 3.8 MB 2.60 GB
142 AirPort Base Station annerobert 0.0 1.6 MB 2.34 GB
143 SIMBL Agent annerobert 0.0 6.4 MB 10.65 GB
151 pboard annerobert 0.0 852 KB 2.32 GB
170 4900 Series Button annerobert 0.0 1.6 MB 875.0 MB
178 fontd annerobert 0.0 3.7 MB 2.40 GB
232 Firefox annerobert 100.1 232.0 MB 343 GB
235 Dropbox annerobert 0.0 43.8 MB 968.0 MB
236 iAntiVirus annerobert 0.0 10.0 MB 105 GB
303 g2p_commagenthost root 0.0 4.3 MB 645.0 MB
306 CNSSelectorAgent annerobert 0.0 4.6 MB 2.62 GB
314 g2p_launchagenthost annerobert 0.0 3.3 MB 628.3 MB
328 iavd root 0.2 9.2 MB 624.6 MB
623 Image Capture annerobert 0.0 5.8 MB 2.62 GB
889 Firefox Plugin Proce annerobert 0.5 23.8 MB 2.73 GB
5178 mdworker annerobert 0.0 8.4 MB 2.37 GB
5197 Quick Look Helper annerobert 0.0 21.8 MB 2.94 GB
5212 Activity Monitor annerobert 4.7 19.5 MB 2.69 GB
5214 cvmsComp_x86_64 annerobert 0.0 6.0 MB 2.34 GB
5216 activitymonitord root 1.4 1.2 MB 2.33 GB


Programs that use up a lot of cpu are the ones that usually cause beachballs, in this case it looks like it'd Firefox. Have you tried disabling the plugins to see if they are causing the beachballs? I'd uninstall iAntivirus too just in case.

You'll need to upload the screenshot to a hosting site like imageshack, flickr, photobucket, etc. and link the image to here.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:59 PM



Launch Activity Monitor.
In the drop down menu choose All Processes.
At the bottom choose the System Memory tab.

Grab a screenshot of Activity Monitor and post it on here. Even better if you can post a screenshot of it when a beachball appears.

Here's what mine looks like.

Posted Image


How do I post a screenshot? I was unable to get a screenshot but I got the next best thing. The problem is once I have it doing a couple of things then Firefox goes down. Just a few things gets the beachball spinning and then I can't do anything. It takes forever coz you have to wait for it to stop and then try again. Anyway now I cannot figure out how to post what I have here. Well I will keep working on posting it here.

Okay I have a text file I will try to copy here and hopefully it will give you some info thanks. I realize this isn't what you asked for but its best I can do for now. Mine isnt all jumbled like this it is in columns but I can't figure out how to do that. I thought I could attach an image file from my computer but I can't figure it out this is so frustrating what with the Apple being so slow and now this which I'm sending from my laptop. MAYBE THIS IS BETTER I tried to separate it into columns manually. WELL I HAD IT in columns but when I save it then it went back to same as before. SIGH.

Active Memory: 570.3 MB
Free Memory: 2.50 GB
Wired Memory: 644.6 MB
Used Memory: 1.50 GB
Inactive Memory: 322.0 MB
Total VM: 139.67 GB
Number of processes: 58

PID Process Name User CPU Real Mem Virtual Mem
0 kernel_task root 0.7 245.1 MB 1.74 GB
1 launchd root 0.0 1.3 MB 2.36 GB
10 kextd root 0.0 3.3 MB 2.35 GB
11 DirectoryService root 0.0 6.7 MB 2.36 GB
12 notifyd root 0.0 644 KB 2.34 GB
13 diskarbitrationd root 0.0 1.6 MB 2.35 GB
14 configd root 0.0 3.3 MB 2.38 GB
15 syslogd root 0.0 788 KB 2.36 GB
16 distnoted daemon 0.0 1.4 MB 2.35 GB
17 blued root 0.0 4.9 MB 2.37 GB
18 mDNSResponder _mdnsrespo 0.0 1.8 MB 2.36 GB
20 coreservicesd root 0.9 18.8 MB 2.37 GB
25 securityd root 0.0 2.4 MB 2.35 GB
28 ntpd root 0.0 1.1 MB 2.32 GB
29 cupsd root 0.0 2.2 MB 2.36 GB
30 krb5kdc root 0.0 2.2 MB 2.33 GB
32 usbmuxd _usbmuxd 0.0 2.0 MB 2.35 GB
36 RFBRegisterMDNS root 0.0 1.7 MB 2.33 GB
37 ptmd root 0.0 2.9 MB 2.35 GB
38 mds root 0.0 47.9 MB 2.48 GB
39 loginwindow annerobert 0.0 11.0 MB 2.67 GB
40 KernelEventAgent root 0.0 1.0 MB 2.34 GB
42 hidd root 0.0 944 KB 2.33 GB
43 fseventsd root 0.0 2.0 MB 2.36 GB
45 dynamic_pager root 0.0 796 KB 2.32 GB
51 autofsd root 0.0 1.0 MB 2.34 GB
60 socketfilterfw root 0.0 3.4 MB 2.36 GB
70 WindowServer _windowser 0.6 33.4 MB 2.68 GB
71 cgpdftoraster _lp 0.0 23.1 MB 2.37 GB
72 Raster2CanonIJ _lp 0.1 5.5 MB 2.36 GB
73 usb _lp 0.0 1.1 MB 2.34 GB
87 cvmsServ root 0.0 876 KB 2.33 GB
118 coreaudiod _coreaudio 0.0 2.2 MB 2.36 GB
124 launchd annerobert 0.0 1.0 MB 2.36 GB
128 Dock annerobert 0.0 21.0 MB 2.68 GB
129 SystemUIServer annerobert 0.1 24.8 MB 2.72 GB
130 Finder annerobert 0.9 18.4 MB 2.67 GB
135 UserEventAgent annerobert 0.0 9.0 MB 2.37 GB
137 AppleVNCServer annerobert 0.0 3.8 MB 2.60 GB
142 AirPort Base Station annerobert 0.0 1.6 MB 2.34 GB
143 SIMBL Agent annerobert 0.0 6.4 MB 10.65 GB
151 pboard annerobert 0.0 852 KB 2.32 GB
170 4900 Series Button annerobert 0.0 1.6 MB 875.0 MB
178 fontd annerobert 0.0 3.7 MB 2.40 GB
232 Firefox annerobert 100.1 232.0 MB 343 GB
235 Dropbox annerobert 0.0 43.8 MB 968.0 MB
236 iAntiVirus annerobert 0.0 10.0 MB 105 GB
303 g2p_commagenthost root 0.0 4.3 MB 645.0 MB
306 CNSSelectorAgent annerobert 0.0 4.6 MB 2.62 GB
314 g2p_launchagenthost annerobert 0.0 3.3 MB 628.3 MB
328 iavd root 0.2 9.2 MB 624.6 MB
623 Image Capture annerobert 0.0 5.8 MB 2.62 GB
889 Firefox Plugin Proce annerobert 0.5 23.8 MB 2.73 GB
5178 mdworker annerobert 0.0 8.4 MB 2.37 GB
5197 Quick Look Helper annerobert 0.0 21.8 MB 2.94 GB
5212 Activity Monitor annerobert 4.7 19.5 MB 2.69 GB
5214 cvmsComp_x86_64 annerobert 0.0 6.0 MB 2.34 GB
5216 activitymonitord root 1.4 1.2 MB 2.33 GB


Programs that use up a lot of cpu are the ones that usually cause beachballs, in this case it looks like it'd Firefox. Have you tried disabling the plugins to see if they are causing the beachballs? I'd uninstall iAntivirus too just in case.

You'll need to upload the screenshot to a hosting site like imageshack, flickr, photobucket, etc. and link the image to here.


Well now I am having trouble getting it restarted it never gets past the grey screen after it got hung up yesterday so I am unable to get anything currently.

I do not know why but I have never successfully been able to restart this computer in safe mode.

I had onyx yesterday that I used to delete caches and that's when I started having more problems with staying on.

I'm still working on it and if/when I successfully get the activity monitor image I will post it.

I also have trouble because I'm not using a Mac keyboard and so I'm not sure which keys like control/command etc are which.

I was thinking to do an archive and install but I have never found any such option - i'm not sure where that option shows up but i have looked extensively and it just says if you want to install or backup and I have no backup so I guess install is all there is.

Don't seem to make any progress just getting very good at watching spinning balls.

I'll see what happens today thanks for the advice.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 02:38 PM

Somehow I managed, finally to get this booted in Safe Mode. At least I guess that's what it was doing.

It was a black screen with white print I believe.

Anyway it ran for sometime slowly..


I noticed it had stopped on my way out the door for an errand and I took the time to glance at it. the end result was it said that it had found one bad file (I'm not sure what the terminology was used but that was the gist of it) and that it had been successfully repaired.

I intended to look at it further on my return which was an hour later but by then it had apparently restarted itself to a green startup screen/desktop but my files weren't on the desktop. anyway whenever I tried to do anything we again had the spinning ball.


So I am going to try to restart it again and see how it goes from there.

Does that sound like Safe Mode that I described? It just did its thing with no interaction from me.

Edited by kcsummer, 21 November 2012 - 06:12 PM.


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 06:14 PM



Launch Activity Monitor.
In the drop down menu choose All Processes.
At the bottom choose the System Memory tab.

Grab a screenshot of Activity Monitor and post it on here. Even better if you can post a screenshot of it when a beachball appears.

Here's what mine looks like.

Posted Image


How do I post a screenshot? I was unable to get a screenshot but I got the next best thing. The problem is once I have it doing a couple of things then Firefox goes down. Just a few things gets the beachball spinning and then I can't do anything. It takes forever coz you have to wait for it to stop and then try again. Anyway now I cannot figure out how to post what I have here. Well I will keep working on posting it here.

Okay I have a text file I will try to copy here and hopefully it will give you some info thanks. I realize this isn't what you asked for but its best I can do for now. Mine isnt all jumbled like this it is in columns but I can't figure out how to do that. I thought I could attach an image file from my computer but I can't figure it out this is so frustrating what with the Apple being so slow and now this which I'm sending from my laptop. MAYBE THIS IS BETTER I tried to separate it into columns manually. WELL I HAD IT in columns but when I save it then it went back to same as before. SIGH.

Active Memory: 570.3 MB
Free Memory: 2.50 GB
Wired Memory: 644.6 MB
Used Memory: 1.50 GB
Inactive Memory: 322.0 MB
Total VM: 139.67 GB
Number of processes: 58

PID Process Name User CPU Real Mem Virtual Mem
0 kernel_task root 0.7 245.1 MB 1.74 GB
1 launchd root 0.0 1.3 MB 2.36 GB
10 kextd root 0.0 3.3 MB 2.35 GB
11 DirectoryService root 0.0 6.7 MB 2.36 GB
12 notifyd root 0.0 644 KB 2.34 GB
13 diskarbitrationd root 0.0 1.6 MB 2.35 GB
14 configd root 0.0 3.3 MB 2.38 GB
15 syslogd root 0.0 788 KB 2.36 GB
16 distnoted daemon 0.0 1.4 MB 2.35 GB
17 blued root 0.0 4.9 MB 2.37 GB
18 mDNSResponder _mdnsrespo 0.0 1.8 MB 2.36 GB
20 coreservicesd root 0.9 18.8 MB 2.37 GB
25 securityd root 0.0 2.4 MB 2.35 GB
28 ntpd root 0.0 1.1 MB 2.32 GB
29 cupsd root 0.0 2.2 MB 2.36 GB
30 krb5kdc root 0.0 2.2 MB 2.33 GB
32 usbmuxd _usbmuxd 0.0 2.0 MB 2.35 GB
36 RFBRegisterMDNS root 0.0 1.7 MB 2.33 GB
37 ptmd root 0.0 2.9 MB 2.35 GB
38 mds root 0.0 47.9 MB 2.48 GB
39 loginwindow annerobert 0.0 11.0 MB 2.67 GB
40 KernelEventAgent root 0.0 1.0 MB 2.34 GB
42 hidd root 0.0 944 KB 2.33 GB
43 fseventsd root 0.0 2.0 MB 2.36 GB
45 dynamic_pager root 0.0 796 KB 2.32 GB
51 autofsd root 0.0 1.0 MB 2.34 GB
60 socketfilterfw root 0.0 3.4 MB 2.36 GB
70 WindowServer _windowser 0.6 33.4 MB 2.68 GB
71 cgpdftoraster _lp 0.0 23.1 MB 2.37 GB
72 Raster2CanonIJ _lp 0.1 5.5 MB 2.36 GB
73 usb _lp 0.0 1.1 MB 2.34 GB
87 cvmsServ root 0.0 876 KB 2.33 GB
118 coreaudiod _coreaudio 0.0 2.2 MB 2.36 GB
124 launchd annerobert 0.0 1.0 MB 2.36 GB
128 Dock annerobert 0.0 21.0 MB 2.68 GB
129 SystemUIServer annerobert 0.1 24.8 MB 2.72 GB
130 Finder annerobert 0.9 18.4 MB 2.67 GB
135 UserEventAgent annerobert 0.0 9.0 MB 2.37 GB
137 AppleVNCServer annerobert 0.0 3.8 MB 2.60 GB
142 AirPort Base Station annerobert 0.0 1.6 MB 2.34 GB
143 SIMBL Agent annerobert 0.0 6.4 MB 10.65 GB
151 pboard annerobert 0.0 852 KB 2.32 GB
170 4900 Series Button annerobert 0.0 1.6 MB 875.0 MB
178 fontd annerobert 0.0 3.7 MB 2.40 GB
232 Firefox annerobert 100.1 232.0 MB 343 GB
235 Dropbox annerobert 0.0 43.8 MB 968.0 MB
236 iAntiVirus annerobert 0.0 10.0 MB 105 GB
303 g2p_commagenthost root 0.0 4.3 MB 645.0 MB
306 CNSSelectorAgent annerobert 0.0 4.6 MB 2.62 GB
314 g2p_launchagenthost annerobert 0.0 3.3 MB 628.3 MB
328 iavd root 0.2 9.2 MB 624.6 MB
623 Image Capture annerobert 0.0 5.8 MB 2.62 GB
889 Firefox Plugin Proce annerobert 0.5 23.8 MB 2.73 GB
5178 mdworker annerobert 0.0 8.4 MB 2.37 GB
5197 Quick Look Helper annerobert 0.0 21.8 MB 2.94 GB
5212 Activity Monitor annerobert 4.7 19.5 MB 2.69 GB
5214 cvmsComp_x86_64 annerobert 0.0 6.0 MB 2.34 GB
5216 activitymonitord root 1.4 1.2 MB 2.33 GB


Programs that use up a lot of cpu are the ones that usually cause beachballs, in this case it looks like it'd Firefox. Have you tried disabling the plugins to see if they are causing the beachballs? I'd uninstall iAntivirus too just in case.

You'll need to upload the screenshot to a hosting site like imageshack, flickr, photobucket, etc. and link the image to here.



I will try again to get the activity report if my system is working after the safe boot (I assume) that was run today.

Edited by kcsummer, 21 November 2012 - 06:17 PM.


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:12 AM

Somehow I managed, finally to get this booted in Safe Mode. At least I guess that's what it was doing.

It was a black screen with white print I believe.

Anyway it ran for sometime slowly..


I noticed it had stopped on my way out the door for an errand and I took the time to glance at it. the end result was it said that it had found one bad file (I'm not sure what the terminology was used but that was the gist of it) and that it had been successfully repaired.

I intended to look at it further on my return which was an hour later but by then it had apparently restarted itself to a green startup screen/desktop but my files weren't on the desktop. anyway whenever I tried to do anything we again had the spinning ball.


So I am going to try to restart it again and see how it goes from there.

Does that sound like Safe Mode that I described? It just did its thing with no interaction from me.


No it wasn't Safe Mode. Sounds more like booting into Single User Mode.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:17 PM

Why can't someone just tell me how to get to the WELCOME TO PROMPT on Terminal - that's all I want and need now - I have spent months at this and getting nowhere. I guess I should quit fighting it and wipe out my disk and start over


Somehow I managed, finally to get this booted in Safe Mode. At least I guess that's what it was doing.

It was a black screen with white print I believe.

Anyway it ran for sometime slowly..


I noticed it had stopped on my way out the door for an errand and I took the time to glance at it. the end result was it said that it had found one bad file (I'm not sure what the terminology was used but that was the gist of it) and that it had been successfully repaired.

I intended to look at it further on my return which was an hour later but by then it had apparently restarted itself to a green startup screen/desktop but my files weren't on the desktop. anyway whenever I tried to do anything we again had the spinning ball.


So I am going to try to restart it again and see how it goes from there.

Does that sound like Safe Mode that I described? It just did its thing with no interaction from me.


No it wasn't Safe Mode. Sounds more like booting into Single User Mode.


Well I followed the directions how to get to Safe Mode and that's where it took me what else can I do if I follow directions and it doesn't work?
I have read countless links to try stuff and I tried to do what it said

I can't read anymore its alll running together in my disfunctional brain. I can't tell you how much I read just to find some simple answers

What do I do to get in safe mode. What are the key commands thats all I need then please?

Your link tells me what safe mode does but IT DOESN'T SAY HOW TO GET THERE?

Edited by kcsummer, 26 November 2012 - 05:20 PM.


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:38 PM

Why can't someone just tell me how to get to the WELCOME TO PROMPT on Terminal - that's all I want and need now - I have spent months at this and getting nowhere. I guess I should quit fighting it and wipe out my disk and start over



Somehow I managed, finally to get this booted in Safe Mode. At least I guess that's what it was doing.

It was a black screen with white print I believe.

Anyway it ran for sometime slowly..


I noticed it had stopped on my way out the door for an errand and I took the time to glance at it. the end result was it said that it had found one bad file (I'm not sure what the terminology was used but that was the gist of it) and that it had been successfully repaired.

I intended to look at it further on my return which was an hour later but by then it had apparently restarted itself to a green startup screen/desktop but my files weren't on the desktop. anyway whenever I tried to do anything we again had the spinning ball.


So I am going to try to restart it again and see how it goes from there.

Does that sound like Safe Mode that I described? It just did its thing with no interaction from me.


No it wasn't Safe Mode. Sounds more like booting into Single User Mode.


Well I followed the directions how to get to Safe Mode and that's where it took me what else can I do if I follow directions and it doesn't work?
I have read countless links to try stuff and I tried to do what it said

I can't read anymore its alll running together in my disfunctional brain. I can't tell you how much I read just to find some simple answers

What do I do to get in safe mode. What are the key commands thats all I need then please?

Your link tells me what safe mode does but IT DOESN'T SAY HOW TO GET THERE?


First paragraph from the link I provided:
"Safe Mode is the state into which you can start up your Mac by performing a Safe Boot. To perform a Safe Boot, press and hold the Shift key immediately after your Mac starts up. Continue holding down the Shift key until a gray Apple logo appears on the screen."


I don't have any experience using Terminal. Sorry.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:50 PM


Why can't someone just tell me how to get to the WELCOME TO PROMPT on Terminal - that's all I want and need now - I have spent months at this and getting nowhere. I guess I should quit fighting it and wipe out my disk and start over



Somehow I managed, finally to get this booted in Safe Mode. At least I guess that's what it was doing.

It was a black screen with white print I believe.

Anyway it ran for sometime slowly..


I noticed it had stopped on my way out the door for an errand and I took the time to glance at it. the end result was it said that it had found one bad file (I'm not sure what the terminology was used but that was the gist of it) and that it had been successfully repaired.

I intended to look at it further on my return which was an hour later but by then it had apparently restarted itself to a green startup screen/desktop but my files weren't on the desktop. anyway whenever I tried to do anything we again had the spinning ball.


So I am going to try to restart it again and see how it goes from there.

Does that sound like Safe Mode that I described? It just did its thing with no interaction from me.


No it wasn't Safe Mode. Sounds more like booting into Single User Mode.


Well I followed the directions how to get to Safe Mode and that's where it took me what else can I do if I follow directions and it doesn't work?
I have read countless links to try stuff and I tried to do what it said

I can't read anymore its alll running together in my disfunctional brain. I can't tell you how much I read just to find some simple answers

What do I do to get in safe mode. What are the key commands thats all I need then please?

Your link tells me what safe mode does but IT DOESN'T SAY HOW TO GET THERE?


First paragraph from the link I provided:
"Safe Mode is the state into which you can start up your Mac by performing a Safe Boot. To perform a Safe Boot, press and hold the Shift key immediately after your Mac starts up. Continue holding down the Shift key until a gray Apple logo appears on the screen."

I don't have any experience using Terminal. Sorry.


Thanks, that is exactly what I've done with the Shift key but you say it doesn't sound like safe mode that I described. if its not I'm unsure how to get there since I'm using the right steps.

I've found some answers on Google about the terminal prompt that may lend a clue thanks.

http://superuser.com/questions/400583/how-to-change-from-bash-3-2-to-userlocalhost-in-unix

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:58 PM



Why can't someone just tell me how to get to the WELCOME TO PROMPT on Terminal - that's all I want and need now - I have spent months at this and getting nowhere. I guess I should quit fighting it and wipe out my disk and start over



Somehow I managed, finally to get this booted in Safe Mode. At least I guess that's what it was doing.

It was a black screen with white print I believe.

Anyway it ran for sometime slowly..


I noticed it had stopped on my way out the door for an errand and I took the time to glance at it. the end result was it said that it had found one bad file (I'm not sure what the terminology was used but that was the gist of it) and that it had been successfully repaired.

I intended to look at it further on my return which was an hour later but by then it had apparently restarted itself to a green startup screen/desktop but my files weren't on the desktop. anyway whenever I tried to do anything we again had the spinning ball.


So I am going to try to restart it again and see how it goes from there.

Does that sound like Safe Mode that I described? It just did its thing with no interaction from me.


No it wasn't Safe Mode. Sounds more like booting into Single User Mode.


Well I followed the directions how to get to Safe Mode and that's where it took me what else can I do if I follow directions and it doesn't work?
I have read countless links to try stuff and I tried to do what it said

I can't read anymore its alll running together in my disfunctional brain. I can't tell you how much I read just to find some simple answers

What do I do to get in safe mode. What are the key commands thats all I need then please?

Your link tells me what safe mode does but IT DOESN'T SAY HOW TO GET THERE?


First paragraph from the link I provided:
"Safe Mode is the state into which you can start up your Mac by performing a Safe Boot. To perform a Safe Boot, press and hold the Shift key immediately after your Mac starts up. Continue holding down the Shift key until a gray Apple logo appears on the screen."

I don't have any experience using Terminal. Sorry.


Thanks, that is exactly what I've done with the Shift key but you say it doesn't sound like safe mode that I described. if its not I'm unsure how to get there since I'm using the right steps.

I've found some answers on Google about the terminal prompt that may lend a clue thanks.

http://superuser.com/questions/400583/how-to-change-from-bash-3-2-to-userlocalhost-in-unix


If done right it's easy to know if your Mac is in Safe Mode. There will be a "Safe Mode" on top of the login window, the same login window when you boot up your Mac.

I would suggest you back up your files before using Terminal.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:19 PM




Why can't someone just tell me how to get to the WELCOME TO PROMPT on Terminal - that's all I want and need now - I have spent months at this and getting nowhere. I guess I should quit fighting it and wipe out my disk and start over



Somehow I managed, finally to get this booted in Safe Mode. At least I guess that's what it was doing.

It was a black screen with white print I believe.

Anyway it ran for sometime slowly..


I noticed it had stopped on my way out the door for an errand and I took the time to glance at it. the end result was it said that it had found one bad file (I'm not sure what the terminology was used but that was the gist of it) and that it had been successfully repaired.

I intended to look at it further on my return which was an hour later but by then it had apparently restarted itself to a green startup screen/desktop but my files weren't on the desktop. anyway whenever I tried to do anything we again had the spinning ball.


So I am going to try to restart it again and see how it goes from there.

Does that sound like Safe Mode that I described? It just did its thing with no interaction from me.


No it wasn't Safe Mode. Sounds more like booting into Single User Mode.


Well I followed the directions how to get to Safe Mode and that's where it took me what else can I do if I follow directions and it doesn't work?
I have read countless links to try stuff and I tried to do what it said

I can't read anymore its alll running together in my disfunctional brain. I can't tell you how much I read just to find some simple answers

What do I do to get in safe mode. What are the key commands thats all I need then please?

Your link tells me what safe mode does but IT DOESN'T SAY HOW TO GET THERE?


First paragraph from the link I provided:
"Safe Mode is the state into which you can start up your Mac by performing a Safe Boot. To perform a Safe Boot, press and hold the Shift key immediately after your Mac starts up. Continue holding down the Shift key until a gray Apple logo appears on the screen."

I don't have any experience using Terminal. Sorry.


Thanks, that is exactly what I've done with the Shift key but you say it doesn't sound like safe mode that I described. if its not I'm unsure how to get there since I'm using the right steps.

I've found some answers on Google about the terminal prompt that may lend a clue thanks.

http://superuser.com/questions/400583/how-to-change-from-bash-3-2-to-userlocalhost-in-unix


If done right it's easy to know if your Mac is in Safe Mode. There will be a "Safe Mode" on top of the login window, the same login window when you boot up your Mac.

I would suggest you back up your files before using Terminal.


I don't know how to back up my files - how do I do that when the computer isn't functioning. I'm sure there's a way in terminal but you suggest I not use it till backing up my files. I do not wish to lose my files but if I don't find a way to repair my computer and get it functioning again I will lose everything anyway so i guess I figure its at least a shot in Terminal to try because the other way isn't working.

I'm not sure how many ways there are to "properly" start a computer while holding down the shift key till the apple shows up. I mean you either do or don't. Despite having tried in excess of 10 times I have never once reached any screen that said Safe Mode or anything else.

This entire thing has been an ongoing frustration trying to fix something with your hands tied behind your back. If you have limited, extremely limited functionality how many options do you have?

Edited by kcsummer, 26 November 2012 - 10:20 PM.





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