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Why is my MacBook so slow?

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linn.0211 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 10, 2012 8:04 PM

I have a white 13 inch MacBook that's almost 2 years old. I have about 230GB out of 250GB left on my hard drive. Almost nothing is saved on my MacBook. I've cleared it all out. It's has gotten so slow. It take over 15 minutes to start up and pin wheels almost every time I click on anything. I've tried disk utility. Doesn't help. I don't know what to do. It's sooooo slow!!!! Please help. I'd appreciate it so much, thanks.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Dale Weisshaar Level 6 Level 6 (15,855 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 1:57 PM (in response to linn.0211)

    Did you try using Disk Utility to do a Disk Repair, as shown in this link, while booted up on your install disk for OS 10.6.8 and under? Or did you just run Permissions?

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  • Dale Weisshaar Level 6 Level 6 (15,855 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 3:05 PM (in response to linn.0211)

    Can you tell us how much RAM  (Memory) you have? It's listed by clicking on the  in your title  bar....go to About This Mac and it's in the 1st window.

    Mac OS X (10.7.5), MacPro '07 MacBookPro Late '08G4
  • Dale Weisshaar Level 6 Level 6 (15,855 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 5:14 PM (in response to linn.0211)

    linn.0211 wrote:

     

    Ohh wait that's it isn't it?

    Yes it is. 2GB is enough to run 10.6.8 but adding more may help. Do you run any demanding prodrams?

  • Dale Weisshaar Level 6 Level 6 (15,855 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 5:25 PM (in response to linn.0211)

    You wouldn't happen to own the repair utility DiskWarrior?

  • Dale Weisshaar Level 6 Level 6 (15,855 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 5:31 PM (in response to linn.0211)

    Do you have a backup made before you started having issues...hopefully a clone?

    Mac OS X (10.7.5), MacPro '07 MacBookPro Late '08G4
  • Dale Weisshaar Level 6 Level 6 (15,855 points)
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    Nov 11, 2012 5:49 PM (in response to linn.0211)

    Do you have any kind of backup...copy of what's on your Mac?

  • mzjane Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 8:49 PM (in response to Dale Weisshaar)

    Hi Dale, I have the exact same problem as linn.0211 and I do not have a backup copy for my Mac.

    Should I backup and reboot? Would that make it faster?  It takes 15 minutes to open word... Please help...Thank you!

  • Jonny S Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 29, 2013 11:46 PM (in response to linn.0211)

    2 years with lots of bumkum building up is a long time.  I suspect you have installed and now deleted quite a bit of software over that period. One really simple thing you can do is to set-up a new profile, boot from that profile and see if it is faster (Apple > System Preferences > Accounts > +).  If it is then back-up your data, switch over to a new profile, restore your data to the new profile, delete your old profile, rename your new profile.

     

    Another thing you can do is to delete your LoginWindow preferences (the files that tell your computer what to load at boot up).  Look in Library/Preferences or [username]/Library/Preferences.  Delete com.apple.loginwindow.plist and loginwindow.plist (if one exists).  Also delete any plist file in this directory that relates to software you no longer have installed on your computer.  Don't worry, if an app needs a plist (preference file) and doesn't have one, it will just recreate it.  I'm pretty agreesive at clearing out this folder.

     

    Now look in Library/LaunchAgents and Library/LaunchDemons deleting any thing that is running that you don't want to run.  I have nothing in these directories except com.sophus... and com.microsoft.office.licensing... You can always add a start-up program again under System Preferences > Accounts > LogIn Items.

     

    Reboot.

     

    Now download and run Onyx.  Run all the maintenance scripts.

     

    Reboot.

     

    You're welcome.

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