macbook pro acting slow

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  1. tomf macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    im on 10.8.5, i have a macbook pro, 4gb ram, 2.4ghz intel core i5 processor.

    I have 122gb space free on the mac HD.

    I am finding lately that things are becoming really slow to respond, like opeing itunes takes about 10-15 seconds sometimes, when i open the finder window its blank for about 5 seconds, i get the spinning wheel, then it shows my stuff. Opening safari also, the icon bounces in the dock about 6 times before it opens.

    ive done the disk utility thing, verified permissions, repaired permissions etc..

    Anyone know what i can do to get it back to acting normal again? its becoming really annoying.

    Thanks for any help or advice.
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    This may sound like a dumb answer, but have you tried just powering it down (all the way off), and then re-booting?
     
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    1. Clear out junk.
    2. Repair disk permissions.
    3. Upgrade your hardware (if your memory pressure is green, no need to upgrade RAM. Consider an SSD instead).
     
  4. tomf thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes I've powered it down obviously. this is happening all the time, sometimes i click on safari and it bounces in the dock about 30 times before it opens.

    I know a SSD would be better, but surely thats not the problem here. I've decluttered the best i can. repaired permissions, verified disk etc….
     
  5. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Its probably not slow, its just spending time doing something, to find out what that something might be use the Activity Monitor and see what is using large amounts of CPU....
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    Back up your system, and do a clean install, odds are there's cruft from years of use may have accumulated in the library folders and/or installed apps that are causing the slow down.

    Since you repaired permissions, did you check the SMART status to make sure the drive is not reporting errors?
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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  8. tomf thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks guys, what is this SMART thing?

    I've checked activity monitor and the highest thing was Finder - 425mb

    everything else after that was small, [​IMG]
     
  9. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Sort by CPU instead, you have Flash consuming 10% of cpu alone but there may be something else too....
     
  10. tomf thread starter macrumors regular

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    wow - i sorted by CPU and finder is going through the room sometimes -

    [​IMG]

    Finder CPU % was going up to like 107%, it kept changing, going down up down up etc etc….clearly something is wrong there?

    Maybe thats whats making everything sluggish?
     
  11. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Indeed. Have you relaunched Finder?
     
  12. tomf thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes just relaunched finder. was reading other threads of people saying finder going up and over 100% cpu usage, they were saying it could be caused by dropbox or its a problem with mountain lion.

    I'm sure this is whats making my mac sluggish though.
     
  13. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Me too.
     

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