What model Macbook Pro and what version of Mac OSX? how much RAM is installed?
You can get the exact model by holding down the OPTION key and then, from your Apple menu, selecting either "System Profiler" or System Information," which ever is first under the Apple menu. That produces this screen:
Post the code shown in the entry I've indicated with the the red arrow. The amount of RAM is also shown on that screen, indicated by the purple arrow.
Do not post the serial number for security reasons, but include wheteher your MBP has a 13-, 15- or 17-inch dispaly (measured diagonally),
With that info we can determine if the slowness is simply due to an old computer or due to a lack of RAM, and suggest possible upgrade paths.
Thanks for your prompt replies. Sorry I was crap and didn't give you all the info.
I have a 13" macbook pro 8.1 bought in Feb 2011
Ram 4gb (2 x 2gb), processor 2.3GHz i5, HD 320gb (220gb free), I'm running Lion OS10.7.5. I do intend to update to the new operating system in a month when it is out.
I have recently used the machine for loads of music and an also abusing iphoto so thought it might be time for a clean up
Ok fully backed up with time machine
Verified and repaired the disc
Reset SMC (whatever that does)
Ok Linc here goes
After re-reading your massage about 6 times and drinking 2 bottles of wine, I understand what you mean. The CPU usage was not that huge until I started using iphoto.
I am re-organizing all of my photos into albums and that is what is killing it. The usage suddenly went up to 87%, so I’ll need to close the other apps when using it.
Is there any way to clear the safari cache or defrag the hard drive like a pc?
You haven't posted the information I asked for. If you determined on your own that iPhoto is causing the problem, then clearing the Safari cache won't have an effect. Rebuilding the iPhoto library might: