Cleaning MacBook Pro

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  1. manutd27 macrumors newbie

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    Hi all

    I've had a Macbook pro for just over a year now, it's a fantastic machine.

    I have noticed recently there has been a slow down in operations slightly. I have never ever done anything to clean it or "freshen it up" so to speak.

    Is there anything I should be doing monthly/6 monthly/annually please? Or anything I can go just to clean it of the crap? I don't really download anything except the odd third party programme, documents, music, tv shows and movies.

    Thanks all :)
     
  2. iRyann macrumors regular

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    Use Disk Manager to verify/repair permissions. I do mine almost weekly.

    Not sure this will speed up the machine per say, but it is useful.
     
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    How full is the HDD? How much RAM is installed and what are the Page Outs like in correlation with the Uptime?
     
  4. manutd27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    143GB used, 500GB HDD. 4GB RAM.
     
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    What's you're current Uptime?

    Under Activity Monitor, System Memory Tab, what do you show for Page outs?

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    Ahh that is what and where it is, thanks.

    49.8mb (0 bytes/second)
     
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    Early 2012.

    2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 4GB RAM

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    I don't know a great deal about computers, but comparing your lovely pie chart to my less lovely one appears quite worrying! Any help would be much appreciated :)
     
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    What's the Uptime? How long has it been since the computer was last restarted?

    Your Page out's are low, considering the 4GB of RAM installed, indicating a recent restart.
     
  11. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    I suggest getting 8GB.
    You do have 1.5GB inactive but it wont hurt to have more RAM.
    I mean they are getting extremely cheap as well.

    If you are really looking for speed, get SSD.
     
  12. manutd27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's only been on a few hours today. Page outs are now at 72mb.

    Should my lack of free space and your large amount of free space be a reason to worry?
     
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    There's no reason to worry per se. But leave it on for at least a day and see how the Page out's look. In all likelihood, you could benefit from additional RAM which is probably why you're experiencing some sluggishness.

    I have 16GB of RAM as you saw and no Page outs and this Mac has been on for 19 days now.
     
  14. scbond macrumors 6502

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    It is entirely normal for a computer or, more specifically, an operating system to get slower the more it is used. The more data you store the more it has to sift through when looking for something in particular. That said, it's also entirely normal to want to speed it back up.

    Best thing to do is repair the disk permissions as suggested. I would also suggest deleting files you no longer need or use an external disk for those you don't access all the time or even doing a fresh install.
     
  15. manutd27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, and to yusukeaoki as well! I appreciate the help :)

    Is there a way to reduce the inactive RAM to free up space?
     
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    You're welcome. I suggest a RAM upgrade and even an SSD upgrade if you're so inclined. Either or both will help you out greatly. I see no need for an OS reinstall or any software "cleaners."
     
  19. srsub3 macrumors 6502

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    if it gets hotter than usual maybe there is some dust inside. Last month I opened my boss laptop to upgrade ram and found out that it was full of dust! after cleaning he told me that temperatures were lower....
     
  20. scbond macrumors 6502

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    Wrong kind of cleaning buddy!
     
  21. manutd27 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your advice! Just to give you an update, mac has now been on about 8/9 hours and:

    Page Ins 1.02GB
    Page Outs 446.6mb
    40mb free space.
     
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    Yep, the Page outs are growing. A RAM upgrade would be a nice help for that.
     

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