Currently Being ModeratedJun 30, 2013 1:11 PM (in response to apwhite)
My guess is that you need more ram. Open Activity Monitor and check Pageouts and Pageins. If Pageouts are 10% or more of Pageins you need mre ram. I believe that MacBook can actually address 3gb so you could replace that 512mb module with a 2gb module and improve things significantly.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 30, 2013 1:12 PM (in response to apwhite)
Whoa....my mistake. The 3,1 can actually support 6gb of ram
Currently Being ModeratedJun 30, 2013 1:24 PM (in response to Mike Sombrio)
Okay, my page outs are out 20% of page ins. Thanks, I'll order some RAM. As long as I have it open, is there anything else that might fail on an older machine that is cost effective to replace? The fan? Is there any reason to replace a hard drive if it's operating fine and I don't need more storage?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 30, 2013 1:36 PM (in response to apwhite)
I have 4gb of ram and a 250gb SSD in my MacBook. Running 10.6.8 it absolutely flies! The SSD is the best upgrade I've ever done. You might run disk utility to check the SMART status of your hard drive just to make sure it's running ok. As far as upgrading the hard drive that' entirely up to you but I would go with an SSD instead. If you do though you might want to look for drives with a SATA II interface, your Mac has SATA I and will work with SATA II but may not with the newer SAA III drives. OWC http://eshop.macsales.com/ is a good place to look for upgrades that are guaranteed to work with your Mac.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 30, 2013 3:51 PM (in response to Mike Sombrio)
Thanks! I'll check it out.
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