slow Mac OS X 10.6.8

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    slow Mac OS X 10.6.8

    I have an 8 year old Mac OS X 10.6.8 At awakening from Sleep mode it takes a loooooong time to get up to speed. Long time watching
    the colored spinning wheel spin. How can I best speed my Mac up and what's causing the wheel to spin so long? Thank you.

    Frank Farmer
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    farmhand4@gmail.com

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    There can be any number of reasons for slow waking from sleep. Is this a problem that has suddenly started or has it been a creeping deterioration? Do you see slow performance during normal operation of your Mac or just when waking up? Is it slow when you boot up after a restart?
    'Deep Thought' - Mac Mini Late 2018- macOS Mojave (10.14.5)
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    slow Mac

    Yes to all your questions, but it has been a "creeping deterioration".

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    Well, at eight years old, your Mac is no 'spring chicken'. It could be a hard disk space issue, so one thing to try would be to remove all those applications you don't use, and archive old user documents/pictures etc to an external drive. It could be a hard disk indexing problem, so running Disk Utility and Repairing Permissions may help. It's also possible that you have lots of background services starting up when you wake from sleep or reboot...you can check what starts up when you log in by going to System Preferences > Users > Login Items. Finally, at eight years old, your hard disk may just be starting to show it's age, and this may be a warning that a more major failure is on the way...make sure you have everything backed up!!
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    'Marvin' - Mac Mini Late 2014 - macOS Mojave (10.14.5)
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    I was having the same issue on my 2010 MBP on 10.6.8, only it was taking so long I would force a restart by Control/Command/Power. Then someone suggested that my sleep image (memory) may be corrupted. I followed steps to reset my NVRAM and PRAM. I don't recall if I reset the System Management Unit (SMU) or Power Management Unit (PMU) also, but the reset was an instant fix for me. Good luck.
    Here is more on how and why to reset:
    About NVRAM and PRAM
    Intel-based Macs: Resetting the System Management Controller (SMC)
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4285862

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