Improving my memory and other things

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Docslasher, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Docslasher macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2012
    Hi there, am new to forum thingy but not new to macs, i would like to get to know my mac a little bit more and "Open it up" to a bit more of its full potential, that being the case i have installed Lion on it and now it seems to be running a little slow on the start up. According to my system monitor there are copious amounts of things running but with not a lot of %. can anyone give me some ideas as to how to speed it up or clean it up or something like that, sorry, as i said i am new to this so am having trouble putting down what i mean. Any help would be most appreciated.

    Yours Aye
    13" Macbook Pro 2.4GHz Intel core 2 Duo, 8 GB MHz DDR3 OS X 10.7.2
  2. TheJing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2011
    Somewhere in Europe
    Well I don't really think there is much you can do except upgrade your system, SSD, more RAM etc.

    As for the boot time with Lion, mine doubled compared to Snow leopard and I think most people experienced that. (Not sure though...)
  3. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
    I have the exact same MBP - 8GB RAM upgrade also - Lion runs fine for me. I was running Lion with 4GB RAM and need more so I upgraded to 8
  4. Docslasher thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2012

    Thanks for the swift response, wow, didn't think it would be that fast, have been trawling through and seen a couple of options which i will give a go, but if the general concensus is that it does in general run slow then thanks, at least that puts my mind at rest, now to opening up my laptop to its full potential, this could be interesting.........
  5. chrisvee macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2010
    Winnipeg, Canada
    I've recently opened up my Macbook Pro for the first time to install a new 8GB RAM. It was relatively painless - minus the pain in my fingers from wrestling with those tiny screws with my stupidly small screwdriver.

    Oh, and welcome to MacRumors!
  6. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    That is your operating system. Leave it alone.
  7. lowonthe456 macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    Have you repaired permissions? Also, download the free app "OnyX" and run it to clear caches and things. Our iMacs at work slow down and clearing fonts cacha ALWAYS helped.

    I would typically run OnyX (which also repairs permissions) and then restart
  8. Dock Status macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2011
    Clean Memory

    The app called Clean Memory really seems to be the best to free up some Ram.
    At .99c it is a great deal because of the way it is displayed like a foldaway dashboard.

  9. Beachguy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2011
    I agree. I used the free one, and it was so useful I bought the pay version and it does a great job of keeping memory free. I also use it on my work Macbook Air which only has 4GB and is keeps it running well!
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Performance Tips For Mac OS X
    Some people repair, or recommend repairing permissions for situations where it isn't appropriate. Repairing permissions only addresses very specific issues. It is not a "cure all" or a general performance enhancer, and doesn't need to be done on a regular basis. It also doesn't address permissions problems with your files or 3rd party apps.

    Five Mac maintenance myths
    There are times when repairing permissions is appropriate. To do so, here are the instructions:
    If repairing permissions results in error messages, some of these messages can be ignored and should be no cause for concern.
  11. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Don't mess around with your mac. Lion is doing it's job pretty well usually.

    Free memory is not good. It's not being used, i.e. it does nothing for you. If you hire 10 people to do some work for you, you want all of them to work - you don't want five of them sitting around and drinking beer so that you have five free workers.

    As for opening the macbook to it's full potential:
    Use it! Learn how to do more than just web browsing or watching videos. Startup times and benchmark scores are meaningless.

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