Tag Archives: WindowServer

How to manage intermittent lag in OS X Yosemite

YosemiteInstallerIconXOne of the more common complaints about OS X Yosemite is that it appears to run slowly for some users; however, this is not because it is always slow. In many cases, the OS runs just fine but then will run into a period of intermittent but frequent pauses where input like clicks and typed text will halt and the system may show the spinning color wheel. This is followed by all of the paused activity suddenly catching up with itself a few moments later. Continue reading

Transparency and graphics switching in Yosemite affecting MacBook Pros

YosemiteInstallerIconXSome MacBook Pro owners who have upgraded to OS X Yosemite are noticing a few problems with their systems showing regular graphical artifacts when using their systems. These are not major hardware issues where odd patterns and color changes indicate faulty motherboard components, but seem to be a bug or two in how OS X is handling graphics on these systems. Continue reading

Prevent the WindowServer process from dragging Yosemite down

ActivityMonitorIconXOne potential issue in OS X Yosemite that you might run into is a problem with the WindowServer, where at times this background process can use a large amount of your Mac’s CPU. This may result in not only choppy performance, but also excessive energy usage and heat generation, and therefore greatly reduce the battery life of MacBook systems. Continue reading