After replacing my hard drive last night and starting the long process of reinstalling all my applications (since I purposely did NOT want to just restore them from a backup) I’m sorry to report an intermittent slowdown problem is persisting. 🙁
As you can see from the iStat menu graph below, which is accessible from my menu bar in the upper right corner of the screen, something is intermittently causing my CPU cycles to almost max out:
During these cycles, which last about 30 seconds, all windows move slowly and the entire computer system seems to be in slow motion. I wish I could explain this intermittent problem but I cannot with certainty. I had hoped that perhaps a software conflict was behind this issue and in re-installing my applications I’d avoid the problem. The problem resurfaced after I had only installed five new programs that were not included in the default Mac OS 10.5 application installation list, however. Now I am wondering if a hardware problem (but not the hard drive itself) could be to blame? Intermittent problems like this are the WORST to troubleshoot because they cannot be replicated reliably for others to see and examine. If I was on a Windows system I’d immediately suspect malware, but I haven’t heard of any “malware in the wild” for Mac OS X yet so that seems unlikely. I’m at a frustrated loss!
Is anyone else having strange intermittent slow-down problems on a Macbook? Mine is a first-generation MacBook, but the entire logic board has been replaced twice so it is literally like new. I did have this problem surface during an actual workshop presentation several weeks ago, which was a big hassle. I would love to resolve this problem without having to take my computer in again to meet with an Apple Store Mac Genius. 🙁
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