Macbook pro 2010 takes forever to respond.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alexus39, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. alexus39 macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2010
    My new macbook pro 2010 has always taken a little longer than normal to respond to my commands, but nowadays it has become unbearable..
    Whenever I try clicking on a link, scrolling a page, typing, or basically any command, that little rainbow wheel will show up and it will be stuck for about 20 seconds.. Anything I try to do on this computer now takes a very long time..
    As I type this thread it has already stopped to "think" 4 times..
    Does anyone have any idea of what could be wrong?
    Any steps I can take to try to fix it?
    Please help... My macbook is everything to me... lol
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Launch Activity Monitor and look at what's eating up system resources.
  3. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Run the Apple Hardware Test. (hold D when booting)
    Reset Pram
    Reinstall OSX.

    When did you buy your mac? Do you have Apple Care?
  4. jtcedinburgh macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
    Another thing to check - could be a dodgy hard drive. I had this problem - incredibly sluggish MBP, forever showing that spinning wheel of despair - turned out that my WD 'green' 500Gb HDD (a 5400rpm) was spinning down all the time when it shouldn't have. Meant that I had noticeable pauses whenever I wanted to do anything - and it seems that in OSX, hard drives are accessed a lot, hence lots of pauses.

    A swap to a Seagate Momentus XT 500Gb seems to have given the machine a real kick into line, and then some :)

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