MBA running painfully slow...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by duvinclunk, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2010
    So I've had my MBA for just over a year I believe. It was a month or two before the revised body came out so I could be longer. I have noticed over the last month or so that it has been running painfully slow. Items take forever to open, webpages go white after I click away from them and load slow (internet speeds are very good), any video is chopping, etc. Does anyone have ideas how to 'refresh' it? Should I reimage? Any ideas?

  2. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    Reset the SMC and VRAM. Instructions are in google.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    Is your HD very full?
    Also repairing permissions and repairing HD can sometimes help things.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2010
    I do that and it seems to work for a bit and then gets super slow again.
    HD not very full.
  5. macrumors member

    Power Macintosh

    Jun 5, 2012
    You totally changed my mind about buying that 2012 MBA. Just cancelled my order. Oh well.
  6. macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2012
    Queensland, Australia
    So,you cancelled your order on this report...... hmmmm sound decision....
    i have Mid 2012/i5/4gb/64 "BASE' model......HD 2 gb from full........ runs Like a dream....!!!!!

    Maybe Oz... Air's, are as fast as our Swimmers (Go Australian 2012 Team )
  7. macrumors G4

    Oct 23, 2010
    Does your model have a hard drive or an SSD? The SSD was optional in the pre-October 2010 models. The SSDs Apple used back then weren't as good (SSDs in general were not), and they do not support the TRIM operation that keeps modern SSDs running quickly.

    If you have an SSD, you might check out The owner of that site put out software called DiskTester that supposedly can recondition an old SSD. It is $40. I haven't tried it. I was about to order it to recondition my late-2008 MacBook Air, but then ordered a late 2010 instead.
  8. macrumors 68020


    Jun 16, 2010
    You should probably just reinstall OSx, thats what I did and my air began running quite a bit smoother (it had been crashing a lot) and running cooler, the fans are no longer blasting all the time.

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