OSX - slow finder listings - updated
The finder listing on a 10.5 or 10.6 is really slow when you browse folders, move files, detele etc. - you see the turning wheel all over the place...
Solution - the hard way
The solutions below works, but somtimes you need to get a fresh start.
Make a running boobeable copy of your system on an external disk with superduper.
Once you have found that the disk works you have two options:
A: Format your system disk and reinstall OSX. Then make a transfer of the programs you need from the old system (follow the guide)
B: Just install OSX on top of your system. Update system.
Solutions - on a running system
First check that your file systems permissions and structure is ok with disk utilities.
Then run ONYX or similar programs. I use automated settings like
Normally that should be sufficient.
Then you could remove the listing cache
If you use a mouse the following could maybe be of help [forum post http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=524455 ]
So exist one strange relationship between mouse settings and this slowly thing, when I set the mouse in the system preference rapidly the finder start to go slow, the solution is write below:Open terminal.app and write:defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUEkillall FinderGo to username/Library/Preferences and delete .GlobalPreferences.plistOpen again terminal.app and write:defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE killall Finder Restart
For setup the mouse I suggest to use Steermouse and never again the apple menu in system preference.
VMware shared folders
Some people have reported that the folder sharing feature in VMware fusion can make trouble. Turn it off if your trouble continues.
If nothing works (it has not been necessary for me) you can make a new account on the machine. If that doesn't work you should reformat and reinstall.
The file listing is sent over the network, so it will take more time especially over an VPN. If it gets really slow there are resorts online to solve it. I've not tried it yet.
This should work:
Disable extentions from preference pane etc
Use http://s.sudre.free.fr/Software/Diablotin.html to disable some of your extentions.
I´ve had problems with slow listings and file-gui performance i general for a long time. The above has been helping, but not for long.
I removed extfsmanager, macfuse, ntfs-manager etc. and got my computer back. Now I can enable them whem needed, and let the ones on that does not slow my finder down;)