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MacBook 3,1 running really slowly. Upgrade of some sort, or time buy a new computer?

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I hope someone can help me make a decision on this. I have a 2007ish white MacBook 3,1. It's been really great and never had any problems (or upgrades) until about a year ago, when I noticed its speed really slowing down. It finally became intolerable, and it was also dropping my wifi connection constantly, so I decided to try wiping the whole thing clean and doing a fresh install of Snow Leopard. Everything went great, but it made zero improvement in anything except the wifi dropping. It's still really slow, especially when I try to run more than one program at once (for example, Chrome and Spotify, or Chrome and Word), and sometimes even multiple open tabs in Chrome will cause it to freeze up. Our internet is fine with every other device in the house, and it's even slow with offline programs.


I've run the Disk Utitlity, and everything is fine there.


I'm starting to think it's just the end of the line for this machine, but I'm hoping you all might have some ideas. More RAM? New...something or other? I work freelance, and my income depends on this machine. It's not a great time to drop a lot of cash on a new one, but I also don't want to throw money at it and need a new one anyway.


Thanks so much for any input you might have!




Here are some numbers you may or may not find useful:


Model Name:          MacBook

  Model Identifier:          MacBook3,1

  Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:          2 GHz

  Number Of Processors:          1

  Total Number Of Cores:          2

  L2 Cache:          4 MB

  Memory:          1.5 GB

  Bus Speed:          800 MHz

  Boot ROM Version:          MB31.008E.B02

  SMC Version (system):          1.24f3

  Serial Number (system):          W874370DZ62

  Hardware UUID:          6785D34E-5033-537C-83C6-A4D6216DCDAC

  Sudden Motion Sensor:

  State:          Enabled


Hard drive

Capacity: 79.96 GB

Available: 46.96 GB

Used: 32.72 GB


Memory Slots:


  ECC:          Disabled




  Size:          512 MB

  Type:          DDR2 SDRAM

  Speed:          667 MHz

  Status:          OK

  Manufacturer:          0xAD00000000000000

  Part Number:          0x48594D503536345336344350362D59352020

  Serial Number:          0x04008163




  Size:          1 GB

  Type:          DDR2 SDRAM

  Speed:          667 MHz

  Status:          OK

  Manufacturer:          0xCE00000000000000

  Part Number:          0x4D342037305432393533455A332D43453620

  Serial Number:          0x754153E6

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)


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