Slow Mac after OS X Yosemite Update? Fear not !

When I installed OS X Yosemite, my first impressions were : “WOW”, “Amazing”. But two after the installation, my MacBook started to get slow. There was heavy Ram usage. Oh, I almost forgot. Just after the installation, web pages in Safari were loading so slow. Since so many people are having these issues with the new operating system released by Apple, I thought of sharing the methods that I used to get them resolved.

Apple MacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite [1]

Apple MacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite [1]

Solution for slow loading of web pages in Safari

  1. Go to Macintosh HD in Finder and open Library.
  2. Open “Launch Agents” and “Launch Daemons” (one at a time).
  3. See whether there is anything related to “Parallels”. If there are any “Parallels” files, move them to Trash.
  4. Empty the trash.

Voila ! Safari is now fast, eh?

Alright. The next was the most painful thing. Slow computer…OMG !! There was heavy RAM usage in the Activity Monitor. Three processes, namely “coreaudiod”, “identityservicesd” and “callservicesd” were not responding. I contacted Apple Support and they asked me to do a Disk Repair and Permissions Repair but the problem persisted. Then they asked me to do a clean install. Well, this was frustrating since I did not have a backup of my hard drive. I did not give up. Googled the issue and found out so many people are having the issue.

Luckily, I found out that in Audio Midi Setup under Utilities, there was a Digi CoreAudio device which I had no clue from where it got there. This problem can arise if you had Pro Tools installed in your Mac.

Audio MIDI Setup in Mac OS [2]

Solution for heavy RAM usage and non-responding services

  1. Find Digidesign CoreAudio.plugin in the following path : /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL
  2. Delete the plug-in and remove it from the trash.
  3. Reboot the system.

My laptop was fast after taking these steps. Goodbye “Not responding” processes ! This also solved the issue where the dock remains when I shut down my Mac, which terminates the shut down process and I had to force shut down.

N.B. There might be an audio device with a different name, in which case, you need to remove the plug-in associated with it. However, the path for finding it will be the same.

I hope this post helps for the people waiting to get these issues solved.

References

[1] MacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite. 2014. [ONLINE] Available at: http://1.design-milk.com/images/2014/06/osx_design_spotlight_your_files1.jpg. [Accessed 11 November 2014].

[2] Audio MIDI Setup in Mac OS. 2014. [ONLINE] Available at: https://cdn.tutsplus.com/audio/uploads/legacy/qt_089_multiple/image01.png. [Accessed 05 November 2014].

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5, 4, 3, 2, 1….BANG BANG !!

Last Saturday, a wish I had since 2012 just came true. The wait was finally over. It was time for action and a blast. Here’s a review of the Hindi movie Bang Bang !.

Figure : Movie poster [1]

Figure : Movie poster [1]

The Story The beginning of the film was a bit confusing, where the viewers can start to think “Where on earth is the main character?” A couple of minutes later, the main character, Rajveer (Jai) Nanda, starts to appear. From that moment, I had a feeling that the movie is going to be amazing. It was very similar to the Hollywood blockbuster Knight and Day except for a few differences to the plot, which involves the robbery of a diamond stored in the Tower of London and a Formula One car ! The movie also features a stunt performed using a flyboard, which is pretty cool. This is the first time that such a stunt was done in the history of both Bollywood and Hollywood movies.

The Characters The lead characters, namely Jai Nanda and Harleen Sahani (Originally Roy Miller and June Havens in the Hollywood movie) are played by the famous Bollywood celebrities Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif, respectively. The pair had electrifying chemistry and I could not ask for more. They have done a brilliant job…hats off.

The Songs I loved the songs. The MJ dancing moves can be seen in the groovy Title track and this song is in my Most Played list.

In conclusion, I would give Bang Bang ! a solid 10/10 and is definitely a “must-watch” movie. It is better than the original Hollywood movie too. The link of the trailer is given below:

References

[1] Bang Bang poster 2014. [ONLINE] Available at: http://images.indianexpress.com/2014/08/bangbang.jpg. [Accessed 11 November 2014].