Plist's Safe to Delete
Posted 25 July 2005 - 04:43 PM
The CSR also had me go to Home>library>caches and delete a .plist file.
On my own, I was looking at Safari and noticed some .plist files there, too. They are for downloads, history and bookmarks. Is it OK to delete these once in a while? Are these preferences that will be rebuilt upon next use? If not, what are they? How do I know what can be deleted?
Any other tips on managing these types of things to keep things from bogging down?
Posted 25 July 2005 - 04:51 PM
Posted 25 July 2005 - 08:26 PM
I called Apple today because I finally got fed up with my periodic spinning colored pinwheel.
If you have updated to Tiger recently, it may be caused by Spotlight indexing your hard drive. You should leave your Mac on overnight and let it complete the index.
Printer drivers from Hewlett-Packard and from Lexmark have been known to cause the SRCOD, even when you aren't using your printer. Norton products have been implicated as causing this problem as well. (All have in common that they add kernel extensions to OS X, which is a no-no.)
Posted 26 July 2005 - 04:21 AM
Posted 26 July 2005 - 09:03 AM
Posted 26 July 2005 - 02:21 PM
From the drop down that has the word Show under it, choose Active Processes. In the Column labeled %CPU you will see what program or process is taking up your CPU. If nothing is using more than a few percent at the moment, you can leave the window on the screen and when you get a spinning pizza of death, click on the Activity Monitor window or on the icon in the dock to see if something is using up a lot of your CPU(s).
I also leave the Activity Monitor on all the time and use the Dock Icon to Show CPU History. If you see a lot of red, blue or green in the dock, something is using up your CPU at that moment. You can turn on Show CPU History in the Activity Monitor application, View Menu->Dock Icon->Show CPU History.
Posted 26 July 2005 - 08:36 PM
Also, the pinwheel doesn't seem specific to any application or procedure. It can be anything, connected to the net or not. When I've tried to use Activity Monitor, it takes forever to come up and hasn't yet shown anything useful when it does. It just got too frustrating two days ago and I vowed to come home early from work to have some time to call Apple. So far, so good.
Thanks for the info on .plists. I'll be careful when/if I delete any of them. I'm just trying to clean out unnecessary info once in a while, things like IN and OUT boxes on Mail, history on Safari, etc. to not bog down my system. I do run Macaroni and that helps.
Regards, Bob. iMac 17" FP 1.25 10.3.9
Posted 26 July 2005 - 09:07 PM
About how long do you get the spinning wheel when it occurs? If it's around 5 seconds, it could just be your internal drive spinning up again. Does it often happen after the computer has been sitting mostly idle?
Posted 27 July 2005 - 08:44 PM
So, far, I've hooked my USB hub back up and things are still great. I'll hook up my Epson next and hope for more good luck. No clicks and no pinwheel. Thanks Apple tech support!
Posted 28 July 2005 - 08:43 PM
Posted 29 July 2005 - 07:11 AM