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Old Mar 22, 2009, 09:54 AM   #1
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macbook air became so slow

3 days ago, my macbook air suddenly became slow and whenever i want to surf net or open anything, it will stop a while and show spinning wheel.Before that its perform as normal. I decided to reinstall mac os x leopard and its still the same. I have checked using techtool and aparently my hardisk is healthy and passed the test. Now my macbook air is consider fresh after reinstalling it but still same prob. Can anyone enlighten me?
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Old Mar 22, 2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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I have experienced the same sluggishness. It would be interesting to hear from others.

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Old Mar 22, 2009, 06:45 PM   #3
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Its been sluggish for the last 3 months for me. Browsing has become slower, and Safari ( 3 and 4 beta) both spins when opening sites.

Also have wireless connectivity issues where my Wireless connection often breaks or cannot disconnect for some time. I have Linksys WRT54G and my IBM thinkpad works fine without any connection issues at all.

Spoke to Apple Care and they are practically useless not even acknowledging the wireless connectivity issue saying each laptop behaves differently.
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Old Mar 22, 2009, 06:48 PM   #4
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install Istat (google it, get the one that's for the menu) to monitor your cpu temps and fan speeds...when you notice they start maxing out, open up activity monitor and see what is eating up your CPU....you must have something in the background running that is causing the CPU to max out...if that's not the case then you might have a defective logic board
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Old Mar 22, 2009, 07:19 PM   #5
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check for start up items. thn check with activity monitor CPU and RAM usage, if its okay then check your hard drive with 3rd party programs to see if its failing
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Old Mar 22, 2009, 07:40 PM   #6
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Hey,

I was having similar problems after already getting my Air repaired. I however was getting kernel panics. You might want to bring your Air in, and they will send it out for repair.
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Old Mar 22, 2009, 11:07 PM   #7
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What version MBA do you own? I experienced that with my original MBA all the time. My revised MBA is excellent and never experiences anything like that.

My initial thought is common original MBA problems, slow driver, overheating, and core shutdown... HOWEVER, there could be an app dragging it down. You need to figure out if you are experiencing core shutdown or overheating, OR if there is a problematic app. I have never heard of that on OS X, but Windows has task manager where you can go in and determine what is using CPU, Memory, and etc and shut down that process/app. Mac OS X has Activity Monitor. Go into apps/utilities/Activity Monitor... find out what is demanding all the CPU and memory.

Sorry I cannot help more... but Activity Monitor is a good place to start.

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Old Mar 22, 2009, 11:23 PM   #8
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Have you tried resetting some of the low level hardware?

System Management Controller (SMC):
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1411

PRAM and NVRAM:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379

Other thing to look for might be temperature (install iStat Menu and/or iStat Pro) from iSlayer.com. As other have said look at your System Activity.
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Old Mar 23, 2009, 05:31 AM   #9
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Same problem

I have the same problems and does not seem to have a direct solution.
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Old Mar 25, 2009, 10:31 PM   #10
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hi

i have already send my mba for service and they told me they will replace the hardisk. fortunately still under warranty.10 more day to expire
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Old Mar 26, 2009, 08:58 AM   #11
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Similar situation

I recently bought a MBA and figured I am unable to listen to iTunes and play facebook poker at the same time. It slows down my system completely. The CPU usage of iTunes was 14.4 in the Activity Monitor. Is that a lot?
Also youtube videos have to be paused so they can be buffered a 100% before I can watch them.
This is my first time using a Mac. Any recommendations on how I can speed up the performance of atleast watching youtube.
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Old Mar 26, 2009, 09:51 AM   #12
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I recently bought a MBA and figured I am unable to listen to iTunes and play facebook poker at the same time. It slows down my system completely. The CPU usage of iTunes was 14.4 in the Activity Monitor. Is that a lot?
Also youtube videos have to be paused so they can be buffered a 100% before I can watch them.
This is my first time using a Mac. Any recommendations on how I can speed up the performance of at least watching youtube.
The Youtube problem sounds like an issue to do with a slow internet connection. Check it out by using a different wifi network somewhere (preferably a reliable fast one) and see if it still needs long to buffer.

Your iTunes usage does seem a bit high at 14.4, I just checked mine playing music and it never gets above 8.5 on CPU usage. However, 14.4 isn't dramatically higher I would think.
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Old Apr 1, 2009, 06:44 AM   #13
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Thanks 01Jamcon.

Since this is my second post here, is there a link to go to your discussions directly rather than trying to remember all your posts.
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