3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 15, 2013 7:28 PM by janssen.23
janssen.23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a MacBook Pro from 2009.  OS X 10.5.8, 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3.

My computer has been running extremely slow for a couple of months now.  I downloaded the new firefox and it wasn't supported, so I have been using safari and it crashes constantly.  I scanned my whole computer no viruses, etc, not that macs get those, but it is clean. My Microsoft porgrams, such as word and powerpoint keep crashing as well.  I need to know what to do about speed and crashing internet browsers and microsoft applications.  I am a graduate student and I need my computer to learn and to teach, this has been a nightmare.  Suggestions as to upgrades or problems would be great, its not like I have the money to just go out and but a new one...

MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.53 GHz), Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Dale Weisshaar Level 6 Level 6 (15,865 points)

    We would like to know what size hard drive you have and how much free space is on it.

    If you click on your Hard drive icon (should be upper right hand corner of your screen), or the Finder in your Dock...when the window opens it says at the bottom how much Free Space you have on your drive.

    If you go to the , click on About This Mac, click on More Info... in that window. The next window says how big your hard drive is under Hardware....click on Serial-ATA.....look under Capacity:

    We need to know this cause if a hard drive is too full it slows things down and creates operational difficulties.



  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,595 points)

    Disconnect all peripherals from your computer.


    Boot from your install disc & run Repair Disk from the utility menu. To use the Install Mac OS X disc, insert the disc, and restart your computer while holding down the C key as it starts up.

    Select your language.

    Once on the desktop, select Utility in the menu bar.

    Select Disk Utility.


    Select the disk or volume in the list of disks and volumes, and then click First Aid.

    Click Repair Disk.

    Restart your computer when done.


    Repair permissions after you reach the desktop-http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2963 and restart your computer.














  • janssen.23 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have over 400 GB available