I’d thought the disk permissions fix had solved the problem, but after a couple of days of use, the slowdown suddenly resumed. Repairing permissions again seemed to fix it again, but for less than a day. I’m beginning to think that maybe permissions have nothing to do with the problem.
Again the machine is taking forever to boot. Applications such as Safari and Activity Monitor take up to ten minutes to launch. Response to UI mouse click events such as basic menu selection or clicking icons is a matter of minutes, with the spinning ball of death churning all the while. The machine is basically unusable. Yet window drawing and the like seems snappy enough, so it seems system load isn’t a likely factor, and indeed Activity Monitor displays 80% CPU idle, 250MB memory “inactive”, 96GB free, 3GB VM size (we’ve cleared it so that the hard disk has 36GB free).
I’m pondering downgrading back from 10.3.6 to 10.3.5, since most corroborating reports of this bug I’ve seen suggest that the OS upgrade might have been the culprit. I suppose a re-install is another option, but that seems like such a slash-and-pray solution, one I might more likely expect for a Windows set-up.
Again this is frustrating because as I said earlier “Lori’s iMac usage is about as plain jane as it comes. We have hardly any third-party software on it, and the only third party app I’d describe as a “utility” is Roxio’s CD/DVD burning software, which we rarely use. Pretty much all we run on it regularly is Safari, Mail, iTunes, iDVD and iPhoto. I’ve used Keynote for a couple of presentations…” I expect such odd problems on machines where I program, play with exotic progrsm, and more.
Has anyone heard of a reliable fix for this bug?