2009 mbp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Gary86, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. Gary86 macrumors member

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    Hey everyone,

    My wife has a 09 MBP that has been running slow lately. Any ideas on how to fix this ad improve the speed. She's been getting the beach ball quite often.

    Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're having performance issues, this may help:

    1. Launch Activity Monitor
    2. Change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes"
    3. Click on the CPU column heading once or twice, so the arrow points downward (highest values on top).
    4. Click on the System Memory tab at the bottom.
    5. Take a screen shot of the entire Activity Monitor window, then scroll down to see the rest of the list, take another screen shot
    6. Post your screenshots.
     
  3. Gary86 thread starter macrumors member

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  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    When is the last time you restarted your Mac? You have significant page outs, which could indicate you need more RAM. Your MBP can use up to 8GB of RAM.
     
  6. Gary86 thread starter macrumors member

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    Not sure when the last time she restarted it but I can now. Will installing new RAM cause her to lose any files? Everything is backed up.

    Any suggestions for places to get new/more RAM?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    To determine if you can benefit from more RAM, launch Activity Monitor and click the System Memory tab at the bottom to check your page outs. Page outs are cumulative since your last restart, so the best way to check is to restart your computer and track page outs under your normal workload (the apps, browser pages and documents you normally would have open). If your page outs are significant (say 1GB or more) under normal use, you may benefit from more RAM. If your page outs are zero or very low during normal use, you probably won't see any performance improvement from adding RAM.

    Mac OS X: Reading system memory usage in Activity Monitor
    No, RAM isn't storage for files. That's what your hard drive is for. RAM contents are emptied every time you restart your Mac.
    You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:
     
  8. Gary86 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much.
     
  9. Gary86 thread starter macrumors member

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    Page outs went from 7.3 GB to 0 with a restart.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, re-read my post. The purpose of restarting is to reset page outs to zero.
     
  11. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Amazon and newegg have good deals most of the time. If you live near a Frys, they've got good deals too.

    I recently upgraded my mid-2009 13" MBP from 4GB RAM and the 250GB 5200RPM HDD to 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. I actually bought both at Frys on sale. There was a noticeable improvement in speed and responsiveness.
     
  12. Gary86 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you. I'll check that site.
     
  13. Gary86 thread starter macrumors member

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    I think I'll go with these. Pretty sure they fit. Going from 2 of RAM to 8. [​IMG]
     
  14. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Should work well! I didn't know any of the mid 2009 MBP models even came with 2GB of RAM.
     
  15. Gary86 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yup. Kinda weak. That was my first MacBook switching from PC and didn't know much about them.
     

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