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Been poor since upgrade to Mavericks.  I had hope 10.9.2 would help but not the case. Browsed about and found a thing that said do a SuperDuper backup, erase boot drive, clone back.  Seemed an improvement for a short time but soon the spinning ball w

Been poor since upgrade to Mavericks.  I had hope 10.9.2 would help but not the case. Browsed about and found a thing that said do a SuperDuper backup, erase boot drive, clone back.  Seemed an improvement for a short time but soon the spinning ball was back.
I noticed in another thread mention of the backup battery - mine is the original (October 2009).
Most of the spinning ball activity is with Apple basic programs:
Mail:  Very slow to open a Reply or Forward, also seems unable to do anything when a message is being Sent.
Safari:  I have a lag with my Oceanic (TW) cable so some might be that BUT:  Close a tab and get the ball, swipe back with the trackpad and get the ball.
Text Edit:  Random times, no real specific cause.
Cocktail:  Now noticeably slower to Open.
General:  Seems slower to change from one program to another.  Also, occasional spinning ball for no apparent reason.
Any help would be appreciated.
Doug
As per another thread - EtreCheck log:
Hardware Information:
          Mac Pro (Early 2009)
          Mac Pro - model: MacPro4,1
          1 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon CPU: 4 cores
          12 GB RAM
Video Information:
          NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 - VRAM: 512 MB
System Software:
          OS X 10.9.2 (13C64) - Uptime: 1 day 1:2:11
Disk Information:
          ASUS    DRW-24B1ST   c 
          PLEXTOR DVDR   PX-891SAW 
          WDC WD20EZRX-00DC0B0 disk3 : (2 TB)
                    EFI (disk3s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB
                    2TB Master (disk3s2) /Volumes/2TB Master: 2 TB (648.85 GB free)
          WDC WD20EZRX-00DC0B0 disk2 : (2 TB)
                    EFI (disk2s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB
                    2TB Slave (disk2s2) /Volumes/2TB Slave: 2 TB (651.23 GB free)
          WDC WD6400AAKS-41H2B0 disk1 : (640.14 GB)
                    EFI (disk1s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB
                    Media (disk1s2) /Volumes/Media: 560.14 GB (61.31 GB free)
                    Time (disk1s3) /Volumes/Time: 79.52 GB (3.88 GB free)
          WDC WD3000HLHX-01JJPV0 disk0 : (300.07 GB)
                    EFI (disk0s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB
                    OS (disk0s2) / [Startup]: 179.21 GB (152.52 GB free)
                    Windoze (disk0s3) /Volumes/Windoze: 120 GB (70.46 GB free)
USB Information:
          HP Officejet Pro 8500 A910
          Apple, Inc. Keyboard Hub
                    Kensington      Kensington Expert Mouse
                    Apple Inc. Apple Keyboard
          DYMO DYMO LabelWriter 450  Turbo
          Apple Inc. BRCM2046 Hub
                    Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller
          CPS UPS CP600
FireWire Information:
Thunderbolt Information:
Kernel Extensions:
          com.kensington.trackballworks.driver          (1.1.0)
          com.hzsystems.terminus.driver          (4)
Startup Items:
          HP IO: Path: /Library/StartupItems/HP IO
Launch Daemons:
          [System] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist 3rd-Party support link
          [System] com.maintain.CocktailScheduler.plist 3rd-Party support link
          [System] com.oracle.java.Helper-Tool.plist 3rd-Party support link
          [System] com.oracle.java.JavaUpdateHelper.plist 3rd-Party support link
Launch Agents:
          [System] com.maintain.LogOut.plist 3rd-Party support link
          [System] com.maintain.Restart.plist 3rd-Party support link
          [System] com.maintain.ShutDown.plist 3rd-Party support link
          [System] com.maintain.Sleep.plist 3rd-Party support link
          [System] com.maintain.SystemEvents.plist 3rd-Party support link
          [System] com.oracle.java.Java-Updater.plist 3rd-Party support link
User Launch Agents:
          [not loaded] com.adobe.ARM.[...].plist 3rd-Party support link
          [not loaded] com.google.keystone.agent.plist 3rd-Party support link
User Login Items:
          TrackballWorksHelper
          Calendar
Internet Plug-ins:
          FlashPlayer-10.6: Version: 12.0.0.77 - SDK 10.6 3rd-Party support link
          Default Browser: Version: 537 - SDK 10.9
          AdobePDFViewerNPAPI: Version: 10.1.9 3rd-Party support link
          AdobePDFViewer: Version: 10.1.9 3rd-Party support link
          DYMO NPAPI Addin: Version: 1.0 - SDK 10.6 3rd-Party support link
          Flash Player: Version: 12.0.0.77 - SDK 10.6 3rd-Party support link
          AmazonMP3DownloaderPlugin: Version: Unknown
          Google Earth Web Plug-in: Version: 5.2 3rd-Party support link
          DYMO Safari Addin: Version: (null) - SDK 10.5 3rd-Party support link
          QuickTime Plugin: Version: 7.7.3
          JavaAppletPlugin: Version: Java 7 Update 51 3rd-Party support link
Safari Extensions:
          AdBlock: Version: 2.5.38
          AdBlock: Version: 2.6.18
Audio Plug-ins:
          BluetoothAudioPlugIn: Version: 1.0 - SDK 10.9
          AirPlay: Version: 2.0 - SDK 10.9
          AppleAVBAudio: Version: 203.2 - SDK 10.9
          iSightAudio: Version: 7.7.3 - SDK 10.9
iTunes Plug-ins:
          Quartz Composer Visualizer: Version: 1.4 - SDK 10.9
3rd Party Preference Panes:
          Flash Player  3rd-Party support link
          Java  3rd-Party support link
          TrackballWorks  3rd-Party support link
Old Applications:
          DVD2oneX2:          Version: 2.4.2 - SDK 10.4 3rd-Party support link
          DYMO Label:          Version: 8.5.1.1879 - SDK 10.5 3rd-Party support link
          TurboTax Deluxe 2011:          Version: 2011.r17.007 - SDK 10.4 3rd-Party support link
          /Library/Frameworks/DYMO/DLS8/Addins
                    DYMO Excel Add-in:          Version: 8.5.1.1879 - SDK 10.5 3rd-Party support link
                    DYMO Word Add-in:          Version: 8.5.1.1879 - SDK 10.5 3rd-Party support link
          Audacity:          Version: 2.0.3.0 - SDK 10.4 3rd-Party support link
                    /Applications/Audacity/Audacity.app
          MacDraft Pro:          Version: 6.0.6 - SDK 10.4 3rd-Party support link
                    /Applications/Microspot MacDraft Pro 6/MacDraft Pro.app
          MTR 4:          Version: 4.2.9.1 - SDK 10.4 3rd-Party support link
                    /Applications/MTR 4.0/MTR 4.0.app
          /Applications/Toast 11 Titanium
                    Spin Doctor:          Version: 1.0.1 - SDK 10.5 3rd-Party support link
                    Disc Cover 3 RE:          Version: 3.0.10 - SDK 10.5 3rd-Party support link
Time Machine:
          Skip System Files: NO
          Mobile backups: OFF
          Auto backup: NO - Auto backup turned off
          Volumes being backed up:
                    OS: Disk size: 166.90 GB Disk used: 24.86 GB
          Destinations:
                    Time [Local] (Last used)
                    Total size: 74.06 GB
                    Total number of backups: 64
                    Oldest backup: 2013-08-23 16:01:34 +0000
                    Last backup: 2014-03-20 21:21:31 +0000
                    Size of backup disk: Too small
                              Backup size 74.06 GB < (Disk used 24.86 GB X 3)
          Time Machine details may not be accurate.
          All volumes being backed up may not be listed.
Top Processes by CPU:
               2%          WindowServer
               1%          EtreCheck
               0%          SuperCard 4.7
               0%          mds_stores
               0%          mds
Top Processes by Memory:
          209 MB          com.apple.IconServicesAgent
          197 MB          Safari
          170 MB          com.apple.WebKit.WebContent
          160 MB          mds_stores
          123 MB          Mail
Virtual Memory Information:
          7.22 GB          Free RAM
          3.05 GB          Active RAM
          950 MB          Inactive RAM
          818 MB          Wired RAM
          588 MB          Page-ins
          0 B          Page-outs

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Thanks.
Mac Pro 4.1, NVIDIA GT 120, 12GB, 10.9.3 boot drive WD WD3000HLHX
Upgraded from 10.8 to Mavericks.  Mountain Lion worked nicely.
Running through your helpful list:
Don't see why but would my old GT 120 contribute?  I read something about the OS using the GPU for a little help.  I don't game and only have 1 24" 1080p ViewSonic monitor so doesn't seem I would be taxing the video card.  Might Mavericks be looking for help my GT 120 cannot provide?
Boot Drive - The Velociraptor is overkill on a 3GHz bus and the OSX partition is only about 25% used.  Doesn't seem that would be a problem.
I found the  Slow Mac After Mavericks   before the original post here.
I did item 1: using SuperDuper - no change.
I sort of did item 2: but only a regular "Fastest" erase and only the OSX partition.  Mavericks does not have the old number of passes secure erase.  I assume going to "most secure" would do the additional passes.  I did do a new install Mavericks on another disc with import from my original boot drive.  This could drag in extra stuff but I really don't have much loaded on my computer.  I then did a SuperDuper of OSX back to the boot drive.  If you think a most secure erase and a clean install would help, it can be done.  Windows 7 has had many updates since my purchase January 2011 so it is reinstalling Windoze I would really like to avoid.
Did item 3: and have used Combo for update to 10.9.3.
Item 5: applies and no way to get around that.
The applicable link in the spinning beach ball (temporarily, but frequently) does not seem to be it.  Activity Monitor seems to think I have no need for this much computer because most of its capability is idle.  HandBrake is the only time it even breaks a sweat.  The one app I never see it in is SuperCard mentioned by the OP.  The problems do not seem different with SuperCard running or not.
I do thank you both for your responses.  Unfortunately, it is likely Apple wants to help me decide to buy a new computer.  I have been getting a new Mac every four years since 1985 so it is time.  If they had not gone to that wastebasket with no optical or hard drive bays, I'd have done it.  If I buy new, it will be a Mini and all the associated junk.  Where is the expandable desktop Mac in the Apple lineup?
Doug

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