What was wrong with my MBP?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by SnarkMan, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. SnarkMan macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2005
    I got my 2.0 Ghz MBP (with 2GB RAM) on Tuesday. I was very excited, like all the other new MBP owners, and eagerly booted up and used the Migration Assistant to "clone" my old G4 PB contents to the new machine. When I finished I found it was really, really slow. Whether starting a new app (Universal or not), loading a Web page, quitting an app, or even trying to reboot, the MBP basically acted like it was full of molasses or something. It was essentially unusable.

    I even made a new user and booted into that account, so it was devoid of any of my old PB junk, and found the same was true. Loading Safari after a clean boot took nearly 40 seconds. I was horrified.

    I ultimately wiped the MBP's hard drive and reinstalled the OS X from the start. Before migrating any files I tested the basic apps at that point and found Safari, iTunes, Mail, etc. were all quite speedy after the reinstall. I then used the Migration Assitant to again move my PB files over and everything continued to be just peachy fast.

    It's now two days later and I love my MBP. It's fast, the screen is great, I like the new AC adapter, the battery life is fine, and I'm not noticing the famed hissing LCD sound. But I keep wondering, "what was wrong with it out of the box?" Does it have a genetic condition that might reappear?

    Does anyone have any ideas on what the problem was?

  2. asherman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2005
    SF Bay Area, CA
    It could've been a bug with Migration Assistant or one of the files you migrated. I'm assuming you rebooted the PowerBook sometime before you re-migrated, so that could've taken care of the latter. As for the former, well, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I've heard good and bad things about the Migration Assistant, to the point of it doesn't work to where it works and then all your data is gone.

    Just be glad that a) you have a MacBook Pro, and b) it's working great now.
  3. Apple Corps macrumors 68020

    Apr 26, 2003
    SnarkMan - my guess is that Spotlight was very busy indexing your hard drive on your initial set-up. Once done - things should be much faster. Keep in mind that the indexing operation may still not be complete. Turn it on in the morning and let it have at it for awhile!!

  4. SnarkMan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2005
    Sorry, I should have mentioned that: I verified it wasn't Spotlight. I turned off the indexing to make sure that wasn't causing the problem.
  5. SnarkMan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 13, 2005
    Yep, you're right, I'll count my blessings. It might have been MA. I've always been happily amazed by MA before, though.
  6. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    Perhaps migration assistant inadvertently copied all your PPC apps, replacing the UB ones? That would certainly slow things down a bit.
  7. shrimpdesign macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    I remember when the iMac Core Duos were being recieved, someone had this problem with their iMac using Migration Assistant. I think there must be some kind of bug with the switch from PPC to Intel.

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