MacBook Pro Model Identifier: MacBookPro3,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache: 4 MB Memory: 4 GB Bus Speed: 800 MHz Boot ROM Version: MBP31.0070.B07
Memory - 4GB 667 Mhz DDR2 SDRAM, all memory slots currently in use - 2G each.
Great, I was wondering about the ram beimg insufficient for Lion. Everything there says you shouldn't be running slowly.
There are some simple troubleshooting steps you can take.
Be sure you drive is not overly full. Rule of thumb would be over 90%.
(First, be sure you have a good backup, or create one now.)
Create a new User go to System Preferences > Users & Groups > "+" (make it an admin acct) and test the apps in this new account, if they work the problem is isolated to your User and not systemwide.
If the issue is limited to your user account try starting up in Safe Mode (It will take more time to startup because it runs a directory check.)
If your apps functions correctly that way, go to System Preferences >> Accounts >> Login Items and remove them. Boot normally and test.
If the issue is systemwide then, you may be able to repair by booting cmd-r to your recovery Volume and re-installing Lion. This will be an "install in place" and shouldn' teffect your data and settings.
Begin moving files off your hard drive to some other removable media. Check your disk with Omni DiskSweeper if you have unaccounted for space to see what's hogging your HDD space.
Then, see if the performance improves. If not, follow the rest of the steps.
Unfortunately none of this has made any difference! I did everything you suggested, also removed some small resident apps, disabled some stuff in Firefox and Spotlight, removed Chrome, (all using AppDelete), secure emptied the trash, moved a bunch of photos onto a portable HD, so that my 250G HD now has 36.43G free, then re-installed Lion. But it's still running really slow, especially if more than 1 program or app is open, and particularly if I'm trying to do stuff in Lightroom and/ or Photoshop Elements - I know these use lot of memory, but it didn't used to be like that! It's almost as if the machine isn't using all 4G of RAM, although all the diagnostic stuff says there shouldn't be a problem. My laptop is coming up to its 5th anniversary, so maybe this is the excuse to shell out for a nice new one - but it's a lot of money, and I shouldn't have thought that was necessary with a Mac ...........
All I can suggest at this point would be to reformat and do a clean install of Lion.
If you have the Lion installer saved, use it. If not go to MAS and redownload it from Purchases. You may have to hold the option key on purchases. Save it to your Desktop.
Then boot from the clone go to Disk Utility > Erase. Then install Lion to that volume.
EDIT: If you have any questions about your RAM...
Download and run Rember to test your RAM. a front-end GUI to the 'memtest' command line memory testing program. This application will allow the user to select the number of test loops, as well as the amount of memory to test.
Well - I did all that, used Rember (RAM OK), re-installed Lion, then wiped the HD and cloned back from Super Duper, re-testing at every stage. Nothing has helped! Interestingly, after cloning back from Super Duper, I'm trying to run Time Machine and it's incredibly slow. It wants to backup the whole HD (202 Gigs) and after nearly an hour has got to 9.3Mb.I have done everything suggested in this forum and on the Apple Help pages to try and speed it up, but to no avail.
I'm getting pretty fed up with this, and I'm very tempted now to cut my losses and buy a new MBP - probably a refurbished one direct from Apple Canada, as at least I know that it will have been carefully serviced and tested.
If I do, I would use Migration Assistant to transfer all my settings, accounts, programs and data to the new one. In that situation, I have 2 questions -
-- Will whatever has gone wrong with my old machine and slowed it down be migrated to the new one, with its faster HD, faster processor, better graphics card, etc. etc?
-- Is it better to use fthe Firewire method to transfer everything, or Time Machine (it's backed up to a 1TB LaCie external USB2 drive), particularly as I'm now concerned that there's some problem making Time Machine run so slowly?
Thanks for any help,