6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 28, 2013 4:37 PM by thadfromfl
thadfromfl Level 1 (0 points)

Why is my macbook locking up?


Ever so often, while browsing the web(using chrome) my internet connection will cut out. Then the background appplications will sputter and and my computer will freeze. Is this indicative of low memory, a malicious download, or what?




Model Name:          MacBook

  Model Identifier:          MacBook7,1

  Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

  Processor Speed:          2.4 GHz

  Number of Processors:          1

  Total Number of Cores:          2

  L2 Cache:          3 MB

  Memory:          4 GB

  Bus Speed:          1.07 GHz

  Boot ROM Version:          MB71.0039.B0E

  SMC Version (system):          1.60f6

  Serial Number (system):

  Hardware UUID:          27501517-6447-5E03-89EC-81E6C10D3781

  Sudden Motion Sensor:

  State:          Enabled



I have 9.92GB free out of 249gb in my HDD

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 (25,330 points)

    • I have 9.92GB free out of 249gb in my HDD


    Let's start there. Your hard drive is choking. That is way too much stuff on it. Rule of thumb is to use less than about 80% of capacity. Your hard drive is more than 95% full.


    So the first thing to do is make sure you have a back up of everything on the drive.

    Second, start purging. Empty the trash, trash stuff you don't need, then empty the trash again, and so on. Keep purging till you have about 50 gB free.


    Post back when you are ready for the next steps for getting the Mac to run faster.

  • thadfromfl Level 1 (0 points)

    What's next?

  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 (25,330 points)

    Boot from the OS CD, and run Disk Utility. In DU run Repair Disk, then Repair Permissions.


    When you boot from the OS CD pretend you want to install the OS, but you won't. The first screen asks for language choice. At the next screen you have access to Utilities in the menu bar. Select DU. When it is open, select your drive, and first Repair Disk, then Repair Permissions.

  • thadfromfl Level 1 (0 points)

    Okie dokie, Thank you for the help, i will keep you posted once it finishes (46 minutes). What should i expect afterwards? and i am curious as to what the repair disk function actually does

  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 (25,330 points)

    Good explanation here:



    The critical issue is whether your Mac stops locking up after all this. If this were my computer I would also defragment the hard drive. After being that full there will be file fragments scattered everywhere. But you need a utility like Tech Tool Pro - it's not free - to do that.


    I would love to have an update, but I may have logged off for the night. Will check it tomorrow.

  • thadfromfl Level 1 (0 points)

    Very interesting! I appreciate the help, so far my computer seems less sluggish!