Currently Being ModeratedOct 28, 2013 1:54 AM (in response to Eddie Jr.)
More information is required to begin troubleshooting. Can you explain how you only started using a Mac five weeks ago, yet it is a 2006 model?
Back up your documents and everything else important to you, not that there is any reason to believe your hard disk may be failing, but the symptoms you describe may presage an impending disk failure, and you should have backups anyway.
To help determine the possible causes of this behaviour read the following. None of what follows is intended to fix anything, but it will provide the additional information required to advance troubleshooting:
Start your Mac while holding the c key with its original grey OS X Install DVD inserted in its optical drive.
At the Mac OS X Utilities screen, select Disk Utility. Select your startup volume (usually named "Macintosh HD") and click the Repair Disk button. Describe any errors it reports in red.
When it finishes restart your Mac and test again for operation. If it's still not behaving as you expect it should, please post the results of EtreCheck in accordance with the following instructions:
Apple Support Communities contributor etresoft wrote a very useful app to quickly gather certain system information that may help point to a cause of this problem. Go to his website, download and run EtreCheck:
Etrecheck will be in your Downloads folder. Open it from there. You may see the following dialog box:
Click Open - etresoft contributes to this forum frequently and can be considered a trustworthy developer.
It will take a moment to run as it collects its data.
Copy and paste its output in a reply.
Do not be concerned about anything that says "Problem" or “failed” or anything else that may appear in red.
EtreCheck was designed to remove any personal information (such as your computer's name and serial numbers) but if you see anything that looks like an email address or any other personal information that should not be divulged to others, please delete or obscure that information when you post the reply.
When you are finished with EtreCheck, quit the program. It occupies very little space, and you can keep it or drag it to the Trash as you wish.
After completing the above please determine if the problems also occur in "Safe Mode":
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- Safe Mode or "Safe Boot" is a troubleshooting mode that bypasses all third party system extensions and loads only required system components. Read about it: Starting up in Safe Mode
- Starting your Mac in Safe Mode will take longer than usual, graphics will not render smoothly, audio is disabled on some Macs, and some programs (iTunes for example) may not work at all.
- Merely starting your Mac in Safe Mode is not intended to resolve the problem, it's to observe its performance without certain additional components.
- To end Safe Mode restart your Mac normally. Shutdown will take longer as well.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 1, 2013 10:52 PM (in response to John Galt)
Thanks John. I have been busy so it took a while to get back to you. I ran the program and included it in this response:
MacBook - model: MacBook1,1
1 2 GHz Intel Core Duo CPU: 2 cores
1.5 GB RAM
GMA 950 - VRAM: spdisplays_integrated_vram
Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549) - Uptime: 0 days 3:19:29
Patriot Pyro disk0 : (55.9 GB)
(null) (disk0s1) <not mounted>: 200 MB
Macintosh HD (disk0s2) /: 55.58 GB (22.69 GB free)
Beceem Communications CLEAR Stick
Micron Built-in iSight
Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver
Apple Computer Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad
Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller
Problem System Launch Daemons:
[not loaded] org.samba.winbindd.plist
Problem System Launch Agents:
[not loaded] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist
User Launch Agents:
[not loaded] com.google.keystone.agent.plist
User Login Items:
3rd Party Preference Panes:
User Internet Plug-ins:
Cannot find /usr/bin/tmutil
Top Processes by CPU:
1% Google Chrome
0% System Events
Top Processes by Memory:
61 MB Google Chrome
40 MB Mail
34 MB WindowServer
33 MB Google Chrome Helper
31 MB mds
25 MB Finder
17 MB Transmission
17 MB coreservicesd
12 MB Dock
8 MB EtreCheck
Virtual Memory Statistics:
311 MB Free RAM
746 MB Active RAM
205 MB Inactive RAM
274 MB Wired RAM
2.07 GB Page-ins
272 KB Page-outs
Currently Being ModeratedNov 2, 2013 8:39 AM (in response to Eddie Jr.)
I think your MacBook is simply being pushed to its limit with only 1.5 GB memory. You would most likely benefit by installing its maximum, 2 GB.
Google Chrome in particular is a notorious resource hog that will perform poorly without an abundance of RAM. More memory is always beneficial, but it is not a panacea since it doesn't fix poorly written programs. If you choose to run resource-demanding apps such as Chrome, you will eventually need to upgrade your hardware.
Purchase RAM from a vendor known to supply Mac-compatible memory. At present there are only two I have used and can personally recommend, Crucial and OWC / MacSales. Generic PC-compatible RAM often does not meet Apple's stringent specifications and may fail immediately or sporadically at any time.MacBooks iMacs iPads AirPorts, OS X Mavericks (10.9), 28 years Apple!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 2, 2013 1:52 PM (in response to John Galt)
Do you think I need a new hard drive?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 2, 2013 2:29 PM (in response to Eddie Jr.)
You should go to Crucial's web site and order it directly from them, not from Amazon:
Crucial sells Mac compatible RAM in packages like this, bearing the words Mac Compatible and with the Mac logo:
After you install it run Apple Hardware Test. Run the extended tests. If it passes then it's probably OK.
If the memory you bought from Amazon doesn't work they will take it back.
Your hard disk isn't large by today's standards but there is no pressing need to replace it.MacBooks iMacs iPads AirPorts, OS X Mavericks (10.9), 28 years Apple!