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Icon 2 posted November 16, 2009 13:47      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hey all,
I apologize as this is a bit long, but I'm a little dumbfounded regarding my mini. A few weeks back I decided to perform an Archive & Reinstall of 10.4 (my machine was running a little slow and generally somewhat flaky), and everything seemed okay (especially since I downgraded to Flash Player 9). Well, this weekend when I connected from Mrs Tweety's mini (also running 10.4.11) to mine using my admin login I had three entries in the connection dialog: the admin home directory, my regular user home directory, and "postfix". I'm not running a mail server, and haven't installed anything that would be a mail server, that I'm aware of.

I've never seen that before, hence, I'm dumbfounded. Now, as for how my machine is set up, first the specs:

1.42 GHz PPC, 1 GB RAM, 500 GB ext. Firewire drive (used as main boot drive), int. 80 GB drive (used as a rescue/maintenance drive), 500 GB USB 2 drive (backup). Also, SharePoints was installed and set up some time ago to share out my Media drive to the in-laws' Vista machine.

Now, some other info that may/may not be useful: the ext. USB drive is a WD Passport for which I installed the SmartWare software, mostly out of curiosity, and the SMART monitoring tools. Also, have my in-laws' Brother AIO (model MFC-7420) hooked up with the Brother Control Center software, which *does not* load on startup, though it does run a process called NETServer in the background. Also noticed that without SharePoints my other volumes do not appear when I try to connect to my machine, not even the boot volume (Mrs Tweety's machine does give me the option when I connect to her).

Any thoughts? Oh, yes, I did run a malware scan with VirusBarrier (trial version) just to be sure I didn't install some nasty little trojan on accident (no porn sites, but I did just get the MacHeist bundle and installed a few apps). The scan came back clean.

Lastly, Mrs Tweety takes her machine to work with her, and I only have it on the weekends (she's forcing her work to put her mini on the network – Go Mrs Tweety!) so I can't really test any potential fixes until Sat. Oh, yeah, before I forget, I did remove my admin account and created a new one.

Any help would be really, really appreciated.

p.s.
The FiL seems to be doing alright, but the process to get him approved for Medicaid and Disability seems to have been developed by Monty Python.

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Mr. Geek 2U
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Icon 1 posted November 16, 2009 15:12      Profile for Mr. Geek 2U     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hmmm, just a guess.

If Mrs. Tweety is connecting her Mini at work maybe they are running Postfix server there and you are getting the Postfix Admin login?

I will tell you what. I do not trust taking my computers to work and letting IT mess with them. I've had IT people spy on me before!

"Yes, Mr. Cheney. Mr. Tweety is a spy!"

What do you think?

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Icon 1 posted November 16, 2009 23:22      Profile for macmcseboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Seeing as this is a G4 Mini,I do have to suspect the internal 80 as being the cause of sluggishness. The seagate drives that were typically installed in that era are starting to conk out. I know you are not booting from it but it is still spinning and causing wear and heat. I have replaced a whole pile of them in the last six months for various reasons. This issue at hand may not be the drive but the heat. I don't know when the last time you schucked that thing open and gave it a good dusting. The internal fan and heatsink get pretty gunky after a few years. and i know most folks who do dust only dust the perimeter vents of the mini.

Things to look for on your external boot volume. I know most folks don't defrag, and most do not need to. But every once in a while it is a good Idea, yes even under OS X. As for the Postfix user, that should be invisible... Perhaps a good round of permissions repair and a directory rebuild. I recommend DiskWarrior or Drive Genius. thats about all I can think of at the moment

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Icon 1 posted November 17, 2009 06:48      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Mr. Geek 2U – Up until today, Mrs Tweety's machine has not been on the network (she's supposed to have her machine added today). Also, no one in her company knows anything about Macs. In fact, the guy who is their official/unofficial head of IT seems afraid of Macs. Something about working in a company where a Mac was put on the network and the network got hosed (which, I can say with near certainty, should have had nothing to do with the Mac). Anyway, she logs out every night before leaving, and I seriously doubt anyone in her office will figure out her password.

macmcseboy – You're absolutely right about running DiskWarrior. I have run TechToolPro and haven't found anything seriously wrong. One question, if I'm not using the internal drive, shouldn't it be spun down? Anytime I've tried to access it I can hear it spin up (it's very quiet in the room and I can hear the whine of a drive spin up). Side Note: I stopped using it because it's a 4200 RPM drive and seems to have gained a few bad sectors, so data integrity is an issue. I'll also look into clearing out any gunk that might have built up. Having two cats, one who sheds copious amounts of fur, might be an issue (I haven't cleaned it out in a while, now might be a good time).

Oh, lastly, I think I did figure out a major cause of the slowdown. While my FiL was in the hospital I installed LogMeIn on both of our machines so we could access them from the in-laws' laptop. There is an uninstall app for LogMeIn, but I think I just did the usual "trash the app to uninstall" (using AppZapper) routine. When I reinstalled and uninstalled properly on Mrs Tweety's machine all seems well and good now. Haven't done that with mine, but since the Archive & Install my machine seems much peppier.

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Icon 1 posted November 17, 2009 13:56      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Okay, an update for everyone. I ran DiskWarrior on both the internal drive and my external boot volume. Everything works (boots, etc), but will need time to see if it shook all the gunk out; i.e. will need to wait until Mrs Tweety's Mac comes home to see what shows up when I connect from her machine to mine.

An interesting side effect was my "Open With" menu suddenly had 4 entries for a lot of apps. Cleared that out and all is sane again.

Again, thanks for all the help. If nothing was fixed I'll update here.

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