Anything I can do to make my macbook run better?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by e3493, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. e3493 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2015
    I have a 13 inch late 2008 macbook that works ok, but can be slow and laggy at times. Sometimes it takes a few clicks before the mouse will actually click on what your trying to click on and sometimes the pinwheel shows up for a minute or two. The computer has the 2.4 GHz processor and 2 GB of memory. I have completely reinstalled Snow Leopard and recently upgraded that to Yosemite. Disk Utility says my hard drive is fine. I accepted a new job where I need my own laptop, so it is necessary for me to use the laptop again or buy a new one. I don't want to ditch my current macbook if I don't have to since it is in good shape and works, its just too slow for me to do daily work on. Is there anything that I can do to make it run like it use to when it was newer, or have I got my use out of it and it is time to upgrade?

  2. Wallabe macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    If security isn't exactly too big of an issue, turn off filevault, decrypting and encrypting constantly would slow things down, especially on a hard drive.

    I'm guessing it's the hard drive that's the bottleneck. Maybe a fresh install? Still have those install discs? Maybe a new drive will help a lot. Take the least expensive options first before you do any hardware upgrade, you may just prefer to get a new machine if you know you'll benefit from using it daily.
  3. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    The two things that would make a world of difference and make it seem like a new computer, in comparison, are replacing the HDD with a SSD and upgrading the RAM.

    There were two different Late 2008 MacBook models, the Polycarbonate MacBook 4,1 and Aluminum MacBook 5,1. Since you have Yosemite installed I am going to assume that you have the Aluminum MacBook 5,1.

    You can get a Samsung EVO 850 250GB SSD for $100. You are only running 2GB RAM and the MacBook 5,1 that you have will support up to 8GB RAM. 2x4GB of DDR2 goes for around $200.
  4. Wallabe macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    Just remember the cheapest MBA is $899. If upgrades get expensive, you may just want a new machine.

    Even if you do upgrade, soon you will want a new machine. You are running Core 2 Duo. Big difference in performance (and heat) to say the least.
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Replace your HDD with an SSD, as it's an old SATA connector go with a cheap SSD I'd reccomend the Crucial BX100 for that particular model another 2 GB of RAM will definitely help as well.



    You could do it for under a $100 but $150 will give you a more decent SSD size.

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