Having Various Problems with MacBook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tipman2000, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. tipman2000 macrumors member

    tipman2000

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    #1
    Hi there everyone! first off thanks in advance for any help!

    So heres my problem: Ive got a Late 2008 MacBook (Aluminum) and lately it has been acting rather erratic.

    OS X 10.7.3 Lion
    2.0GHz Core2Duo
    4GB (Aftermarket) RAM
    320 GB (Aftermarket) Seagate 7200RPM HDD
    13.3" model
    everything else is standard

    Rundown of the symptoms-
    -Certain programs start extremely slow and then run slow once they start.
    -Computer itself starts up extremely slow. usually i starts in ~20-30 seconds but lately it doesn't finish booting for 1 and a half minutes.
    -Disc utility turns up a corrupted boot drive and needs repair. once repaired it runs fine awhile then needs repair again a few days later
    -Finally, today, a kernel panic. Booted up fine after.

    I've been told before that this is a drive failure and there are bad sectors that keep getting written. I think this probably is the problem, but i dont know if that would cause a kernel panic. Can someone lend their expertise?

    **Computer is fully backed up, and i've had to restore from a backup multiple times. This usually gets it to work for a while, but it eventually starts failing as usual. BTW, after the kernel panic, i restarted it and checked disc utility for corruption. The drive was fine. This is why i am believing there are problems other than the drive.

    Thanks for any and all answers!
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    West Suburban Boston Ma
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    have you checked the SMART status on the drive? Sounds like a failing hard drive to me.
     

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