Any tips to speed up a 2010 MacBook Air running Yosemite?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by saintforlife, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    I have a 13" 2010 MBA (1.86/4GB/128GB). The machine is starting to show its age. Everything has slowed down a bit. Start up, shut down, opening apps etc. all take a few extra seconds. I hardly ever saw any beach balls on it for 3 years, but now I am seeing it almost everyday doing routine tasks.

    Any thoughts on how I can breath some life into this machine? It still does everything I want it to (basically web browsing and MS Office applications), but it sure could use a speed boost. I have about 20GB of free space on the SSD. Would a clean install of Yosemite help?
  2. Dweez, Dec 10, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2014

    Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    My suggestion would be to revert to your previous version of the O/S.
  3. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    I noticed some beachballs with the version of Safari in Yosemite. Are you using that? You could try Chrome.
  4. jdphoto macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2014
    Not sure how you did your upgrade to Yosemite. You could back your files, wipe the machine and install everything from scratch. I try to do that every two years on my machines it seems to help them keep chugging along at a normal pace.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    If you're having performance issues, this may help:

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