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Slow Macbook Pro

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TrevorS Calculating status...
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Mar 7, 2007 7:06 PM
I got a Macbook Pro 15" C2D about a month ago, and recently I've noticed a severe drop in performance. I use Aduim (the only application running), and many times my text is delayed when I type it and it takes a few seconds to appear, or when I press send my system stutters as if it has to work hard to load a change on the screen. Also, when I navigate my hard drive Application folder (which contains about 3-4 more apps than the factory install), I get immense stuttering and choppiness when scrolling down the page. iTunes runs very slow, too, and I also experience jerkiness when scrolling.

What could be the problem here? I hear lots and lots of hard drive noise, so that could be the culprit (although it may also be the RAM). Is this a big enough problem that I can take it in for repairs, or will I just be told this is normal behavior? It seems like something is amiss to me.

Thanks.
15" Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • druu Calculating status...
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    Mar 7, 2007 8:40 PM (in response to TrevorS)
    Check the Activity Monitor and sort by CPU load. Either there's a process that's hiding in the background using CPU cycles, or you've taken your battery out and just running from mains power (which reduces CPU power to just below half speed).
    15" Macbook Pro C2D @ 2.16GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Bill_R Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
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    Mar 7, 2007 8:51 PM (in response to TrevorS)
    If you restart your computer and it immeidately has the same issue then I don't think it would be just a process that is running causing the problem. Take the Install disk you got with the computer and put it in and restart the computer holding down the D key. This will bring up the Hardware Tester. Choose advanced or extended test. If it comes up with any errors write them down and take the errors and computer to an Apple store or Apple certified repair facility. If you don't come up with any errors on the Hardware test try repairing permissions. If you still have problems after that back up your data and do a clean install of the OS. If you still have the same problem after that take the computer into the Apple Store or Apple certified Repair Facility and let them know what problems you have and what you have tried to do to resolve these issues.
    MiniMac G4 1.42, MacBook Pro 2.0, HP Pavilion dv2213cl (Vista), Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
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    Mar 9, 2007 5:05 AM (in response to TrevorS)
    Simply tell them how it is in as much detail as you can. Write it all down before hand if need be (it's recommended if there's more than one or two things). Even if you can't describe it will on it's own, decribe it in terms of how different to what it was before.

    Also, be sure to tell them what you done to resolve the issue. It'll save you a lot of time on the phone as they'll ask you to do this and that from a script.
    Mac Pro 2.66GHz 5GB/4x300GB/ATi X1900 XT/AE/BT ; Dell 2405FPW, Mac OS X (10.4.8), MacBook Pro 15.4" C2D 2.16GHz 2GB/120GB/Glossy ; Mac mini CD 1.66GHz 2GB/80GB/SD

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