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  • Rotorbug Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It is not the ram or hard drive.

    I added 8GB of Crucial Technology Ram with no difference and then added a Seagate Hybrid 500GB 7200rpm, also showing no difference. This laptop should be highly responsive but it just feels like my Macbook Pro 13".

    It makes me wonder why Apple jumped to Quadcore for the Macbook Pros?
  • digijoel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey... where's Apple technical service answering all of our questions???
    It seems like we are completely alone on this one!
    Come on Apple! I buy you a premium product and when the issues appear it seems like I'm talking with myself here... WE WANT AN ANSWER... and more importantly... A SOLUTION.
  • brfcjon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Found this thread as I have had the same experience. Really annoyed. This macjine is slower than a bad dell on Vista 3 years ago


    Tried to check for malware - nothing, rebooting - no help, etc. etc. etc.

    Cant run Powerpoint, CS5 or even webbrowsers without spinning wheels. I safari my screen is often scrambled in all sorts of colors and when I close the window the scrambles are still on the desktop and I have to reboot.
  • digijoel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've found a small enhancement to the constant spinning wheel... I've deactivated the "Automatic Graphic Switching" in the Pref Panel... that way I only force the GeForce GT 330m when my laptop is plugged in.
    Apparently the 'intelligent mode' wasn't that much intelligent, and sometimes it made the switch constantly, so I guess this could be an answer for the ULTRA LO PERFORMANCE of this MBP.

    I also downloaded gfxCardStatus plug in, so I can choose which graphic card to use (In case I wanted to use it without the AC cord).
    You can download it here:
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    These are user-to-user forums; Apple does not participate in them. We are all just other Mac users volunteering our time. This is explained in the Terms of Use you agreed to when you signed up to post here. Apple provides other channels for direct technical support by Apple employees.
  • heskethbang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a macbook pro i5 2.53ghz with a 7200rpm hard drive, bought in Jan 2011 and I have to say I am hugely disappointed. My mid 2008 white macbook was half the price and seems twice as fast as this beast I have replaced it with. I've been to the apple store and had them do a reboot, reinstalled osx, but I just get the spinning wheel of death when switching between tabs on safari (which i switched to from Firefox/Chrome thinking that might be the problem). Youtube graphics rendering is a problem, and every time I click between tabs there's a glitch in sound. I've updated flash in case that was a problem but still the problem persists; I have the performance of a £300 windows PC in a £1600 shell with an apple logo on it and I'm baffled as to what's wrong?
    Any suggestions?
  • manilaboy1vic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    When I first got my 2011 13" MBP I wasn't totally impressed.. The next day I ordered 2 4GB sticks of memory from have been happy ever since. Tons of memory to spare. They should just put 8GB as the standard.
  • Rotorbug Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, I have switched off automatic graphics switching under Energy Preferences in bth laptop and powered modes. Remember to lock the changes.


    This has made the laptop feel a lot crisper, and got rid of the sluggish feel.

  • nickmcgillnz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I'm still encountering the same issues.

    I also believe it is not ram or hdd related as I've swapped both of these out 3 times with different hardware, Clean installs and still having issues.

    I've logged 3 calls with Apple so far regarding it where I get told to " restart your machine and clear the PR RAM " All of which we know won't do anything.

    I had seen some stuff about the battery indicator light causing issues for people with SSDs and needing to be sheilded. Unsure if it would effect our machines too but could be worth looking into.

    Ideally most of us would like replacement machine that work eh.

  • davidinDenver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here's what worked for me:


    I switched off the Automatic Graphics switching in the Energy Saver section of the System Preferences. Don't forget to hit the 'lock' button or it will reset back to the system defaults.


    I then reset the pram.


    It looked like Safari uses a great deal of memory in the Activity Monitor. So I switched to Chrome. Similar Webkit browser without the memory hogging.


    My Core i5 Powerbook with 4 GB of RAM now moves faster than I thought it could. Haven't seen the spinning beachball in a week.


    Hope this helps.

  • davidinDenver Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oops. Replying to my post above this. Zap the PRAM first. Then reset teh Energy Saver settings.

  • taxipalm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    How do you zap the PRAM?    I turned off the automatic graphics and there seems to be a little improvement.   Does anyones 15' i5 make these weird noises sounding like a needle against metal internally intermittently?

  • nickmcgillnz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Restart your machine / power it off.

    When its turning back on hold down command-option P+R

    I normally do this 3 times just to be safe
    I've noticed marginal difference on mine but nothing to what I think it should be preforming like.

  • nickmcgillnz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    No changes when upgrading to Lion for those that were wondering,

    Slight preformance boost but lucky to be 1-5%.

  • nickmcgillnz Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi Everyone,


    Got my logicboard replaced, Running as expected now.
    Apparently there was a batch of them that have issues moving between the FSB / RAM / CPU.


    I reccomend you do the same if your within warrenty.