Wondering if anyone can help with a problem that I've just started experiencing. The Mail app has suddenly started crashing on me fairly regularly, yet up until a day ago it was fine. Since this problem started, the system is VERY slow and unresponsive whenever I have Mail running, plus the internal hard disk seems to be getting constantly accessed.
So far, I've used the Activity Monitor to look at what's happening when I start Mail. I found that when I launch Mail, the CPU usage for Mail is sticking consistently at around 70 to 90%, even when it's finished loading and has checked for new mail. I also watched the system's 'Free Memory' count get sucked down from around 1.2GB (I have 1.5GB total RAM) all the way down to just 10MB. At the same time the 'Real Memory' count for Mail gradually climbed up to around 1.2GB. I haven't used Activity Monitor before to look at the resources Mail takes up, but this definitely seems excessive for an email app!
As an aside, whilst it seems to be Mail that is the problem, I've also noticed that Safari's CPU usage is hovering at around 40 - 50%, yet I only have 3 browser windows open, none of which are running any videos, animations etc... Does anyone know if this is usual?
I haven't installed any new apps or made any other changes to the system, and I've tried the basics like rebooting, checking the hard disk, and verifying permissions with Disk Utility. The only thing I did do prior to the problems beginning was to add a new RSS feed to Mail (first time I tried it). I seriously doubt this would have caused the problem, but as it's the only thing I could think of that I had 'changed' I removed the feed anyway and this has made no difference.
My mac is an iBook G4 1.33MHz running Leopard.
If anyone else is experiencing this problem or has some tips on how to fix it, I'd be very grateful for your advice.
Edited by Daniel D, 13 April 2008 - 05:27 PM.