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A Mac mini 2011 running Yosemite (as of today) running extremely slow. When using either Safari or Firefox, always a constant "Wheel of Death" while surfing.

Interesting enough, had a second Mac mini that was doing a similiar thing, upgraded to the newest Flash, problem solved.

However the first problem Mac mini is still having severe wheel of death problems and slowness. I have upgraded to newest Flash, Java and even to the newest OS Yosemite - nothing has worked.

This Mac does have 5 user accounts on it. It could be possible to remove up to 2 accounts if needed.

Any solutions to fixing this??? Or just reinstall the OS from scratch and reinstall the user profiles?


Need help!!!
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Hi,

Try turning the transparency off:

1. Go to System Preferences > Accessibility > Display
2. Enable Reduce transparency
3. CMD > Sleep
4. Return from Sleep
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I will try this at work tomorrow!
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Also, check how much free space is left on the hard drive. If you are running out of room on the drive, the computer won't have room for the caches it needs to run quickly.

Finally, open Disk Utility and run Verify Disk to see if it gives your drive a clean bill of health.
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If Fast User Switching is turned on each logged-on in user consumes RAM.
Starting in Safe Mode will sometimes help, either immediately restarting, or running YASU or ONYX to empty caches are options. (YASU is at the end of life)
Safe Mode  http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201262
Activity Monitor in Utilities Folder indicates free RAM and RAM consumption (force memory hogs to quit)
Command+Option+Esc is used to force quit none responding applications or relaunch Finder.
http://macissues.com is a good source of Mac OSX tips. As is Macintouch reader reports.
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How is the issue going? Is it any better after the fixes listed above? Curious to see how you made out.
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I got a terrible flu and going into work tomorrow. I will try everything tomorrow and see how it works out.

HappyT
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Sorry to Hear about that hope you feel better!
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