3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 9, 2012 7:10 AM by The hatter
trainmanjax1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a 2.8 Quad core machine with 20 GB of RAM and it is running slow as molasses. Any ideas?

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 Level 9 (53,420 points)

    What Mac OS X are you running?


    How much room on the Boot Drive? What other drive do you have?


    What Applications do you typically run when it seems slow?

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,215 points)

    Take a look at the Activity Monitor to see if it can shed light on the performance.


    As mentioned above, just how much free space do you have on your boot volume?  You should keep about 20GB to 25GB for that.


    Have you run Disk Utility to make sure all your volumes ar ok?  Repair them with DU. Boot from your installer dvd or recovery partition (you didn't say what OS you are running), or an another bootable volume, to repair your boot volume.


    Do a smc reset.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,880 points)

    Clone it and test on the newly formatted drive


    A safe boot or two and clean up your browser cache


    a new user account


    lots of things but there is none that we can guess


    and there are always a number of threads esp when a new OS and people upgrade


    what apps, what you do, how you configure your work and storage


    a good place to check as well: