macbook performance

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dwd3885, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    so i just bought a late 2006 black macbook

    core 2 duo 2ghz
    1gig ram
    120gb hard drive
    intel gma

    I installed Leopard on it and it improved performance for me. But I still am feeling a little sluggish when I'm trying to do more than a few things.

    I'll be importing photos in iphoto, have mail open, safari, itunes open usually. maybe another program-haven't installed CS3 Design Premium yet. And i experience a little sluggish performance (not at all what it was like in the MBP-that worked great,,,until i sold it!) That MBP had 1.5gigs ram and the dedicated graphics.

    So I'm wondering if this sluggish performance/lag is due to the 1gig ram or the integrated graphics. I don't really have the money to upgrade to the latest edition macbook with x3100 graphics or even the MBP (1499 refurb now-great deal, but can't do it now) but i do have enough money to possibly upgrade the ram to 2gigs if that will fix this issue totally.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Vader macrumors 65816

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    Not sure how much it will speed your computer up, but I would surely recommend having 2 gb of ram. 512mb is the minimum you need to run leopard, and more is recommended. Any time you are running more than one or two apps (safari can use a lot of ram) you may want more than 1gb to keep everything snappy.
     
  3. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    Up your ram and then report the progress, should help quite a bit.
     
  4. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    i owned a nov 2006 macbook and found the performance to be a little sluggish, which was largely resolved by the addition of more ram. definitely give it a shot.
     
  5. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Agreed, more RAM (at least 1.5 gigs) and try to keep anywhere between 10-15 gb free space on the HDD, that'll speed things up a lot...
     
  6. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yea I think I might just buy either a gig and go with 1.5. If I need more, I can always buy a 2gig stick when prices go down if they do, so I can max my RAM.

    So the integrated graphics isn't the killer here? Obviously more RAM for integrated graphics makes sense, since the graphics is shared. But I don't game at all, so seems like integrated graphics isn't a big deal.
     

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