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MacBook getting a bit slow

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Feb 8, 2011 6:15 AM
Hi,

I have a 2008 white MacBook. In the beginning it was extremely quick (startup/shutdown/loading of apps) however as time has gone on it has become a bit slower in doing all these tasks.
I have upgraded the RAM to 4GB (from Crucial) and tbh I didn't find this to have done much even though the reviews/opinions of others suggested it would.
I now am thinking of upgrading the OS to snow leopard however am worried that this too may disappoint, plus im thinking it may be worth simply waiting for lion to come out in the summer.
Compared to the what the MacBook came with in the beginning it hasn't got that much installed on it (iWork, TomTom, Skype) so im a bit puzzled as to what could make it slower.

Anyone got any suggestion as to what I could do before I make any purchases?
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Feb 8, 2011 6:23 AM (in response to vala85)
    How full is the hard drive?

    Are these apps the identical versions you ran back in 2008? Newer versions almost always require more resources.
    G4 Quicksilver 2x1GHz 2x120GB HDs 1.5GB RAM 10.4.11/9.2.2, iTunes 7.5, QT7, QTP2.5.1
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Feb 8, 2011 9:33 AM (in response to vala85)
    Sounds like plenty of space on the hard drive. A full hard drive can slow down OSX.

    I think more memory can slow down a computer on startup because it takes longer to test it. However, once started things go faster. May be wrong.

    Probably some slow down due to having more files, etc. Computer needs to read and write items to cache and directory. Some run system-only partitions to get around having data files sharing same drive as system.

    Try doing a bit of spring cleaning by starting up in Safe Mode, then restarting.

    [Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode|http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107393]

    [What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode? (Mac OS X)|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1564]

    [Safe Boot takes longer than normal startup|http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107394]

    [Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 - Computer shuts down during Safe Boot|http://support.apple.com/kb/TA24054]


    Here's a whole bunch of reading on the speed up topic. Not sure if it is all up to date. In particular, avoid the "maintenance" tools unless you know of a specific issue.

    [Mac OS X speed FAQ|http://www.macmaps.com/Macosxspeed.html] - general reference on performance in various Mac models

    [Tips to optimize your Mac OS X experience|http://www.giantmike.com/speedX.html]

    [Mac Tune-up: 34 Software Speedups|http://www.macworld.com/article/49489/2006/02/softwarespeed.html]

    [52 Ways to Speed Up OS X|http://www.imafish.co.uk/articles/post/articles/130/52-ways-to-speed-up-os-x>

    [Tuning Mac OS X Performance|http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/performance.html]

    [11 Ways to Optimize Your Mac's Performance|http://lowendmac.com/eubanks/07/0312.html]

    [The Top 7 Free Utilities To Maintain A Mac.|http://mac360.com/index.php/mac360/comments/thetop_7_free_utilities_to_maintain_amac>

    [Mac OS X: System maintenance|http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=607640]

    [Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance|http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html#Anchor-31774]

    [Kappy's Personal Suggestions for OS X Maintenance|http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=8230024#8230024 ]

    [a brody's Topic: Myths of required versus not required maintenance for Mac OS X|http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1772235]

    [Are the desktops cluttered with files and folders?|http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=7668937] and [related comment|http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=9168594], and [here|http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=10434647]

    [Problems from insufficient RAM and free hard disk space|http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/lackofram.html] and more details on this [http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=11476663]
    G4 Quicksilver 2x1GHz 2x120GB HDs 1.5GB RAM 10.4.11/9.2.2, iTunes 7.5, QT7, QTP2.5.1
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (14,780 points)
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    Feb 8, 2011 3:13 PM (in response to vala85)
    Hey vala85,

    Limnos has given you some excellent recommendations. Your computer should be flying along with 4 GB of RAM and Leopard. I have a computer just a bit older than yours and it runs fabulously.

    Make sure your data is backed up, just in case.

    Get SMART Utility here:
    http://www.volitans-software.com/smart_utility.php

    Run the utility & let me know if you get anything other than a "Passed" result.

    ~Lyssa
    13" White Macbook; 160 GB black iPod Classic ^_^, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iBook G4 (Tiger); 3G iPod, Blueberry iBook/Gemini. iPhone 4 ^_^
  • Lyssa Level 6 Level 6 (14,780 points)
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    Feb 9, 2011 7:41 PM (in response to vala85)
    Good luck & let us know how things go

    ~Lyssa
    13" White Macbook; 160 GB black iPod Classic ^_^, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iBook G4 (Tiger); 3G iPod, Blueberry iBook/Gemini. iPhone 4 ^_^
  • ~ Jim ~ Calculating status...
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    Apr 25, 2011 5:33 PM (in response to vala85)

    vala85,

     

    This is just a thought but try checking the status of your RAM (Apple Symbol>About This Mac>More Info>Memory).  Check to see that it is recognizing the RAM and that the statuses are "OK".

     

    - Jim

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