Macbook 3yr old running ridiculously slow, apps crashing!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MrA-newb, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. MrA-newb macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2010
    Hi there

    was hoping someone out there would be able to help, i am a graphic designer and am very familiar with most applictions but not the technical side of things.
    Basically i have a white macbook which is about 3.5 years old, it has been running very slow for some time now and fails to complete very simple tasks, for instance when opening adobe photoshop or illustrator, both CS2, simply creating a new document can take minutes as with resizing images etc.

    illustrator and photoshop will not run together, one will 'unexpectidly quit'
    word takes atleast half hour to save an essay
    applications bounce forever before opening
    beach balls at the smallest task
    apps crash

    about this mac: processor: 2GHz intel core 2 duo. memory 1GB 667 MHz DDR SDRAM.

    i have 17.43gb left

    If anyone out there could help speed this sick macbook up please could you suggest somethin as my knowledge is limited, would be very greatfull for any suggestions.


    Mr A
  2. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    Does your hard drive make lots of seeking and/or grinding noises when it slows down? If so, the hard drive may need to be replaced. If not, it might be worth saving your data files off to an external drive and reinstalling the OS and applications from scratch and then restoring your data files, just incase something either got corrupted or some kind of malware was installed.
  3. MrA-newb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2010
    hi thanks for the response, my macbook is always making noises but they are more like werring and fan noises, often even if the mac isnt in use it will suddenly fire up and sound like its gonna take off.

    i have an external hardrive how would i go about "installing the OS and applications from scratch and then restoring your data files"

    cheers mate

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