Troubleshooting OS X Mavericks Problems
When new operating systems are launched they will inevitably have some teething problems as various applications struggle to work with them. The new free OS X Mavericks operating system from Apple for iMacs and Macbooks is not excluded from this rule. While Mavericks updates have gone well for most people there have been a few problems encountered. Major ones such as Quicklook being immensely slow and flickering USB-attached monitors will have to wait for updates from Apple but troubleshooting OS X Mavericks problems can take a matter of steps.
New operating systems always bring new problems, and Mavericks is no different.
The Migration Assistant in Mountain Lion had a tendency to crash while copying over your files, while other Macs with the OS dropped Wi-Fi after waking from sleep. The Mavericks update seems to have gone smoothly for most, but it’s far from trouble-free.
Big issues like flickering USB-attached displays and QuickLook being anything but quick will have to be addressed by Apple. But there are also a number of problems that can be fixed — or at least worked around while Apple cooks up an update.
Here are some of the biggest annoyances Mavericks users are currently dealing with and how to fix them. We’ll update the list as new issues arise.
Stalled OS X Mavericks Download
- Open Launchpad.
- Check if the Mavericks download icon status indicates “Paused.” Click on the icon to restart the download.
- Open Launchpad again if the download still doesn’t work. Hold down the “Option” key until the app icons begin to jiggle.
- Click on the “x” above the icon to delete the download. Go to the App Store and start over.
Fix Slow and Stalled Restarts and Shutdowns
- Open “Launchpad.” Click on the “Other” sub menu. Open “Terminal”
- Copy and paste the commands below one at a time. You will be required to enter your system password after the first attempt.
sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.coreservices.appleevents ExitTimeOut -int 1
sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.securityd ExitTimeOut -int 1
sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.mDNSResponder ExitTimeOut -int 1
sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.diskarbitrationd ExitTimeOut -int 1
sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.coreservices.appleid.authentication ExitTimeOut -int 1
- Open “Launchpad.” Click on the “Other” folder. Click on “Disk Utility.”
- Choose the drive where you installed OS X Mavericks. Click on “Repair Permissions.” Once it is finished you should be able to shutdown the system and restart with no lag, delay or stall.
Fix Gmail IMAP Problem with Mail
- Continue to use Gmail as normal if you have no issues.
- If you are experiencing odd messaging behavior open Gmail in your browser of choice.
- Go to “Settings.” Click on “Labels.”
- Turn on “Show in IMAP for the “All Mail” option under “System Labels.” Moved messages will cease to reappear in their previous folder however all Gmail mails will be downloaded to your system. If you have limited drive space, you might want to consider using the web based Gmail interface until an update completely solves this problem.
Broken Google Chrome Scrolling
- Open “System Preferences” in “Finder.”
- Navigate to “General” and click on “Show Scroll Bars.” Select “Always.”
- Delete Chrome and re-install if this does not fix the problem.
Ensure Mail Remembers your Password
- Open Mail
- Click on “Mail” in the menu bar and select “Preferences.”
- Click on the “Accounts” tab. Designate the iCloud account you are having a problem with. Click on the “Advanced” tab. Designate “Apple Token” from the “Authentication” menu.
More issues and solutions with OS X Mavericks will be added as they are found. If you know of any further issues with the system and how to troubleshoot it then please add it to the “Commments” section below.