6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 9, 2009 6:12 AM by Carolyn Samit
xbabieblueiceyx Level 1 (0 points)
I've had the black macbook for about a year and a few months now, after getting it as a present for college. Lately, I've noticed that it has slowed down a bit, like when I first turn it on, it takes forever to go to the users box. It slowly changes the blue color, before finally going into the colorful display with the user box so that I can type in my password. Sometimes, when I type in my password it takes a few minutes for the display bar to pop up, and everything to load. Yesterday, I tried to quit an application, but it took five tries for me to be able to quit it, even with force quit.

I nearly don't have anything on here, except a few documents, music from Itunes and my own recorded music on garageband...all of which I keep backed up in an external drive. As for being dropped (because I did here there had been some issues with the hard drive not being stable), it was knocked off the table once, by my roommate, but not from very high up.

I was thinking of re-installing everything on the laptop, but I really don't want to go through that, seeing as the school year has began, and I need the laptop.
What is going on? And is there anything that I can do to fix it?

I greatly appreciate your help.

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,825 points)

    Check to see how much free drive space there is.

    Right or control click the MacintoshHD icon. Click Get Info. In the Get Info window you will see Capacity and Available. *Make sure you always have a minimum of 10% to 15% free disk space at all times.*

    *"it was knocked off the table once, by my roommate, but not from very high up. "*

    MacBook's have a sudden motion sensor that helps to protect the drive if it's dropped. Unless it fell on a hard surface and you can still boot the Mac, I doubt if that has anything to do with it running slow.

  • xbabieblueiceyx Level 1 (0 points)
    I did as you said, and here is the information:

    Capacity: 232.57 GB
    Available: 194.81 GB
    Used: 37.75 GB on disk

    Good? Bad? Too much used?
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,825 points)
    Good! Available 194GB You are nowhere near the 10% mark.

    Ok.. since things are slowing down... try booting from your install disk and run the Disk Utility app to check the startup disk for errors. You will need your install disk to do this.

    Insert Installer disk and Restart, holding down the "C" key until grey Apple appears.
    Go to Installer menu (Panther and earlier) or Utilities menu (Tiger and later) and launch Disk Utility.
    Select your HDD (manufacturer ID) in the left panel.
    Select First Aid in the Main panel.
    (Check S.M.A.R.T Status of HDD at the bottom of right panel. It should say: Verified)
    Click Repair Disk on the bottom right.
    If DU reports disk does not need repairs quit DU and restart.
    If DU reports errors Repair again and again until DU reports disk is repaired.
    When you are finished with DU, from the Menu Bar, select Utilities/Startup Manager.
    Select your start up disk and click Restart

    *"like when I first turn it on, it takes forever to go to the users box."*

    Open System Preferences/Accounts and select the Login Items tab.
    If there are any applications listed there, delete them.

    And go to ~/Library/Startup Items. If there are any files in the Startup Items folder, delete those also.

    And see if deleting this file helps.


    /Users/YourName/Library/Preferences. Drag that file to the Preferences folder to the Trash, empty the Trash and restart your Mac.


    Message was edited by: Carolyn Samit
  • xbabieblueiceyx Level 1 (0 points)
    C as in Command or Control? Or just the regular C key?
  • xbabieblueiceyx Level 1 (0 points)
    I did as you said, and I got the notice saying that "The volume Macintosh HD appears to be OK." when the repair finished. I gave it a few minutes of being turned off and turned it on again. It seems to be working a little bit faster.

    Thank you very much for your help!!
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,825 points)
    You got it... The C key.

    It's good that the disk is in good shape.

    Run cron tasks to empty old log and cache files. That might help also.

    If you leave your Mac on between 3:15 and 5:30am in your time zone once a month, your Mac will run the cron tasks for you.

    More information here. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2319

    Thank you for the star.