17in MBP early 2011 very slow on Mavericks

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  1. KevinRightWing macrumors regular

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    When I run the activity monitor it displays:

    Physical memory - 4gb
    Memory used - 3.98gb
    virtual memory - 4.29gb

    It was really really slow before hand, but I did a pram reset and an SMC reset and that seems to have helped a little bit, but is this normal? Or do I just need to suck it up and upgrade to 16gb and a SSD?

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Go back to that memory screen in Activity Monitor and tell us what the memory pressure graph at the bottom looks like. It is is green like my screenshot, you have enough memory.

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    Also look in the CPU tab and tell us what that says.
     
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    If your memory pressure is low, suck it up and buy an SSD. I did that to my 15" early 2011 (got a 512GB 840 Pro) and it boots up in just 11 seconds, with instant app launching.
     
  4. vpro macrumors 65816

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    Lion

    Lion is the best most stable OS for mbp's of early and late 2011 models for sure hands down.
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    I disagree. Lion was a massive resource hog on my early-2011 15" cMBP (2.3GHz i7/16/512GB 840 Pro/1GB 6750M/AG screen).

    Mountain Lion is by far the most stable. Mavericks is good, but it runs horribly slow on HDDs.
     
  6. simonsi macrumors 601

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    I had no issues on ML or Mavericks or on the upgrade steps....
     
  7. chrfr macrumors 603

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    I also disagree.
     
  8. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    No. No it isn't.

    Mountain Lion after 10.8.3 was rock solid. Since Apple fixed most of the issues in Mavericks courtesy of 10.9.2, it's much the same. Since newer games released for OS X are requiring Mavericks, anyone with even a passing interest in that aspect will want to be on the latest. Unless you have a piece of legacy software that you absolutely need that is not compatible, there's no reason not to upgrade, especially since it won't cost you a dime.
     
  9. cscheat macrumors member

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    my 17" 2011 is rock solid on Maverick
     
  10. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Check memory pressure (should be green), then check activity monitor to see what the CPU is doing. Then you can decide what you need to do.

    An SSD will make a poor installation faster, if you don't care about $$$ you can do that but many issues of speed can be improved for free.
     
  11. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Lion was an absolute failure. It really was the vista of the OSX world. Mavericks is sooooo much better.
     
  12. vpro macrumors 65816

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    Yes

    Mavericks is great, on the latest retina macbook pros, duh!

    Mavericks on the late 17" MacBook Pro is power hog, worthless add-on apps and features geared for the social media whores, sluggish, glitchy and stupendously annoying to use.

    Love you all very much.
     
  13. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    I have a 2011 13" MBP with 8BB RAM and the standard HDD.
     
  14. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Runs great on my early 2011 13" - I think you have another issue(s) going on...
     
  15. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Completely irrelevant.

    WOOO WE ARE AUCKLAND BUDDIES:D
     
  16. VanneDC macrumors 6502a

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    when you guys are done in Auckland, Unzed, can use turn the lights off please. >;)
    hehe..

    for what its worth, I was very impressed by both Snowy and Mountain Lion, i avoided Lion like the plauge.. such a resource hog. haven't upgraded to Mavericks yet, i am quite content atm on 10.8.5 :)
     
  17. simonsi macrumors 601

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    :D

    But not really irrelevant, if it was as simple as Mavericks was a resource hog then equally old and powerful (or not) machines would have the same issue....

    Cold enough for you?? :eek:

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    We haven't started yet :D
     
  18. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    No I meant that my post was completely irrelevant;)

    Your post was fine:D
     
  19. simonsi macrumors 601

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    lolololol!!!
     
  20. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Just make sure that you chaps don't hog up the power grid and disrupt the power here in the South Island too :D
     
  21. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    :eek:

    It was a mistake, I swear!





    :D:p
     
  22. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Oh yes, testing the inter-island emergency power link during the day was a great idea...:eek:
     
  23. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Silly south islanders! We were just testing if they could handle our awesomeness!
     
  24. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    At least we South Islanders don't hog up that much of electricity, so I guess we're more friendly towards the environment :D

    Q: What did you guys have before candlelight?
    A: Electricity.
     
  25. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Ouch! That hurts :(




    :D
     

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