How to make my Macbook Pro faster?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Wasd9595, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Wasd9595 macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2011

    I got a Macbook Pro from the summer of 2009. I want to make it faster because i find it very slow. But i dont know how i can make it faster.

    My Macbook Pro's specs:
    2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2 GB Memory
    160 GB HDD

    I will not give much more than $200..

    What can i do? :)

    Thanks! :)
  2. Deedolito macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2010
    I'd go for 4GB of RAM. If there is anyhow enough cash left, go for a SSD also ;)
  3. Philflow, Jul 12, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011

    Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    1.) +2GB = total 4GB.

    2.) Seagate Momentus XT 500GB.

    SSD? Only if you have more cash to burn.
  4. Deedolito macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2010
    If I'm not too wrong this machine has 2 slots, carrying each 1GB RAM, so you'd need 2x 2GB modules for 4GB... Just to make sure.
  5. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    CHeck if you need ram. Go the activity monitor and see your page in to page outs ratio.

    If the above is low, I would throw a ssd in there. May be able to do the sad and 4 gb of ram if you shop around.
  6. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    IF you are NOT going to buy a newer laptop from Apple for couple of years (2 years, maybe?) then I would recommend you going for the RAM, because sooner or later, Mac OS X 10.8 will require 4GB of RAM as minimum (hopefully not.) SSDs are too expensive at this point, but it sure will boost performance.
    For Seagate's Momentus XT, I haven't tried it but there are many mixed reviews about them, mostly about the driver issues with Macbook Pros.
  7. Philflow, Jul 12, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011
  8. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    or you can turn off bluetooth and dont activate dashboard.
    That actually helps alot fro your mac.
    And get 8GB of RAM from newegg or amazon for near 80 bucks
  9. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    i'd go for a 4gb kit and a higher rpm drive with that budget. that should only run you a bit more than half of the money you are trying to spend.
  10. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2010
    I'm not sure you should be able to get some cheap jet engines off ebay for a bit under $200, well atleast one big enough for your MBP.

    Jokes aside, after you have 4GB unless your using Virtual Machines more RAM is unnecessary.
  11. dsio macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2011
    Hard disk driver? :confused:

    The MXT works great, highly recommend them.
  12. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    I'll sell you my 4gb ram (2 sticks) from my 2011 MBP since I just took them out to install my new Kingston 8gb.
  13. oneofthesedaves macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2011
    I saw a noticeable difference when working with photos and graphics when I upgraded from 4GB to 8GB. Not as much time beach balling.:)
  14. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007


    Nice chrome wheels.

    Seriously get an SSD. I've had several and would never go back to mechanical drives unless I need cheap storage. Everyone i've talked to says that an SSD 'rejuvenates' old machines and makes them feel snappy again. I wouldn't know though, I always fit my late-gen SSDs into late-gen boxes =)
  15. Nuckinfuts macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Syracuse, NY
  16. Protopip3 macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2011
    I just upgraded to 8GB RAM in the same mac as the OP. I'm still deciding on which HDD I want to go with, though.
  17. Tydog07 macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2011
    Ann Arbor, Mi
    Kind of switching gears here, I have 4GB, and from my understanding, if I don't use any virtual machines, I won't notice much of a performance advantage by switching to 8GB. I use Aperture/FCPX as my heavy duty programs, Handbrake too.
  18. yauzers619 macrumors member

    May 22, 2011
    He's using Snow Leopard, so it has to be Snow Leopard blood to get the biggest speed increase. Once he upgrades to Lion, he'll have to re-rub.
  19. yauzers619 macrumors member

    May 22, 2011
    SSD will garner the biggest speed increase.

    I have a nearly 4 year old 13" 2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo MacBook Unibody with a 128GB OWC SDD and it still keeps up (day to day tasks) with a newer MBP.
  20. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    What do you do with the computer, or what is it slow at doing?

    You can upgrade to 8Gb for pretty cheap these days, and it would easily be the best bang for your buck. Otherwise, if your hard drive is pretty full, it'll get quite a bit slower, so if you're running out of space, a bigger/faster hard drive might be a good bet for you too.

    Both these upgrades together would run you less than 200 dollars.
  21. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    Max the RAM with 8 GB for around $80 and get a 640 GB or 750 GB hard drive. I'd avoid a 7200 RPM hard drive as every one I've tried (and that's most of them) created unacceptable levels of vibration in a 13".
  22. Wasd9595 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2011
    An eksample is word. It takes 25 seconds to start! :eek:
  23. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
  24. DirtySocks85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 12, 2009
    Wichita, KS
    I think it's been pretty well covered, but I'll throw in my agreement that a RAM upgrade should probably be priority #1, followed by a 7200RPM HDD. I've had my 13" MBP for a year and I'm considering bumping it up from 4GB to 8GB of RAM (not because there's much demand on my machine for it now, but it would be nice from time to time when my system is a bit taxed), and a larger (and probably a bit faster HDD).
  25. Hyper-X macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2011
    OP, you can tune your machine to fit your needs. All the talk about 7200rpm drives and such are fine but here's another way to look at things.

    If you're going to pay for something, do it with RAM. Memory allows you to multitask smoother due to less hard drive swapping.

    If WORD takes too long to start up, consider leaving the app open, just close the file with CMD+W, that way you can come back to it whenever you need it. Also instead of shutting down your computer, put it to sleep when not in use. Just make sure that you don't have any open working files when you do this, make sure to save often and close the file when you're done.

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