What is it doing? Get a Sample!

Sometimes an application in Mac OS X is showing you the dreaded spinning beachball cursor, or just spending a lot of time doing something.


Who knows what.

Well, you can know! Just take a Sample!

What on earth is a Sample? A Sample is a very detailed technical inspection at what an applications is doing.

That sounds hard? No, it isn’t.

Fortunately enough, Apple has included a really cool and helpful tool in Mac OS X, called the Activity Monitor.

You can find it in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. That folder also containes a couple of additional powerful tools that we will inspect later.

UtilitiesFor today, locate Activity Viewer and launch it.

You will see a list of all the applications that currently run on your Mac. There is also a large number of tools and other processes that make up your system.

activity viewer outputAs you can see, there is a lot going on in Mac OS X, many things you probably have never seen before.

But we want to know what NeoFinder is currently doing, right?

Just select NeoFinder in the list, and use the little Tools menu above the list. It has a command “Sample Process” in it. That is what we need:

sample processAfter a short while, Activity Monitor will display the results:

The SampleThis is all text, so you can click into it, and select it all, copy it, and paste it into an email. Then sendi this to the NeoFinder Support Team at support@cdfinder.de

Our support team will then be able to see what is going on, and what the problem might be, if there is any.


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