Problem Solved?

After scouring the forums over at MacFixIt and googling my brains out, I think I finally fixed the problem I have been having with the Mac. It appears that either my cache data or prebinding data got munged somehow and was causing the “30 seconds to start” problem. Fortunately I discovered a nearly-free tool named Jaguar Cache Cleaner which is able to correct both problems… After mucking about with several similar tools I found this one to be the cleanest to use.. After it rebooted my machine I launched every application in my dock and all started pretty fast, with all applications getting the “hey this application is currently running” arrow in the dock within a second or two (until ram started to become scarce, then they took a few seconds to appear). When I was having this problem, the icon would bounce in the dock for 30-60 seconds before I even got the arrow!

So the moral of this story is that if you beat your head against a problem long enough you can eventually fix it. The more important moral of this story, however, is that Apple still has some de-sucking to do in their fancy little OS.

3 thoughts on “Problem Solved?

  1. Apple still has some de-sucking to do in their fancy little OS.

    Haha…I think there should be a course or a book written with the title “De-sucking Software”.

  2. Great to hear of this. Still, you have to wonder how a cache can get so munged up as to cause problems this severe, and how a bug that leads to that kind of behavior can persist a year into OS X’s lifecycle. Also odd that it seems to strike at random. I’ve sure never seen anything like that, and I administer quite a few OS X machines. Anyway, glad you found it.

    1. Well, for one thing, I have no idea how this bug has persisted, but the cache was the first thing suggested when I brought the topic up at the local users’ group meeting…

      Second, I am not sure the problem is truly gone… It has definately decreased in frequency, but it still seems to occur… :(

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