Mac OS X Mavericks, the successor to OS X Mountain Lion, aimed at improving the overall efficiency of Mac machines. Despite that, many users have faced performance issues in their Macs related to the free OS X Mavericks update. Below you will find fixes and troubleshooting techniques to resolve the typical performance issues.
What to Do if Mavericks Makes Your Mac Slow?
If your MacBook has become slow and sluggish after you upgraded to OS X Mavericks, here’s what to do:
- In-Depth Cleaning
Believe it or not, a thorough spring cleaning resolves the majority of performance issues on your MacBook Air/Pro or iMac. If you haven’t cleaned up your Apple machine in a long time, chances are it is cluttered with junk over the top. Trash files, system logs, caches, residual data, unused apps clogging up the startup disk make your Mac slow and sluggish. Upgrading the OS on top of the existing junk is extremely undesirable. The thing is, Mac OS X Mavericks is a resource-hungry operating system. Even if you have at least 15% of your startup disk space free, this won’t suffice the OS requirements.
To remove unused and old data from earlier Mac OS X versions, use manual cleanup or specialized third-party applications. If you have an option of OS X Yosemite upgrade, choose in favor of the newer version. Yosemite is compatible most Mac cleaners, including MacFly Pro. It is a specialized cleaning app offer users an array of optimization functionality. Moreover, thanks to the Smart Assistant feature user involvement is minimal. Cleaning your Mac will take a few minutes, so you will be able to use it again to its full capacity soon enough.
- Hardware Upgrade
Performance issues might stem from the hardware. If your Mac complies with minimum OS X Mavericks hardware specifications, you won’t have any performance problems. However, if you’re using an earlier Mac model and install Mavericks ignoring the requirements, don’t be surprised! Apparently, you’re giving your Apple machine too much to handle. Apple hasn’t declared the minimum RAM and CPU requirements for Mavericks.' Most Apple users agree that a Mac should be manufactured at least in 2010 to handle this OS.
Minimum Mac OS X Mavericks Hardware and System Requirements
- RAM: 2 GB is an acceptable minimum; 8 GB is perfect.
- At least 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (any CPU manufactured after 2008-2009 will do).
- HDD space: 8 GB of free disk space. However, 40+ GB is preferable.
In case the above requirements are too much for your current Mac machine, you can always downgrade to OS X Snow Leopard or earlier. The Apple Discussions forum has a bunch of advice on how to go back to the earlier OS X version after the Mavericks upgrade.
Thinking How to Clean Install OS X Mavericks? It's Tough. Better Reinstall
One of the most frequent reasons for OS X Mavericks’ sluggish performance is incorrect installation or upgrade procedure. If that’s the case, You may choose to clean-install Mavericks, but it takes much tougher and longer, and the result is generally not worth the effort. We suggest you first try reinstalling OS X Mavericks on your MacBook – below we'll guide you through the process. Regardless which method you choose, make sure to back up the important information to prevent data loss or corruption.
Note: making system backups is a healthy practice before proceeding to system reinstall or repair.
Follow these steps to re-install OS X Mavericks smoothly:
1. Here’s what to do if your Mac’s efficiency is getting poor by the day, and your machine takes ages to complete basic tasks:
In the Apple menu, go to System Preferences -> Energy Savings to configure how soon your Mac switches into the sleep mode.
Ensure your machine stays ‘awake’ for 2-3 hours during the Mavericks reinstallation.
2. Next, in the Apple menu –> select Restart.
3. While your Mac is rebooting, wait until the gray screen -> hold down Cmd-R (⌘-R) on your keyboard at the same time.
4. In case your Mac doesn’t pick up the Internet connection automatically, select the Wi-Fi network and enter the password to download OS X Mavericks.
5. When the download is over, choose Reinstall OS X Mavericks.
6. Follow the on-screen installation instructions to re-install OS X Mavericks on the same hard disk.
7. Wait until the installation is over. It will complete in 2-3 hours roughly.
8. Reboot your Mac and enjoy the OS X Mavericks smooth performance.
Note: Reinstalling OS X Mavericks to the same disk will keep your user data intact.
If none of the above recommendations helped and Mavericks is still slow and sluggish, try the following system resets:
- Zapping the PRAM (Permanent Random Access Memory);
- SMC (System Management Controller) reset.
OS X Mavericks is a resource-demanding operating system that may have performance issues on earlier Mac models. Using proven fixes like Mac cleanup, hardware upgrade or OS X Mavericks reinstallation can help improve the efficiency of your Mac. If the problem persists, use advanced methods like zapping the PRAM and resetting the SMC.