Macbook Pro Experiencing Slowdowns

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by keikun13, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. keikun13 macrumors newbie

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    Well, I've had my Macbook Pro for about a year now (it's a Rev A one; 2.16 Core Duo, 2gb RAM, etc...). I am still new to Macs so please excuse me if I say anything wrong. So here's the problem, my Mac is slow as a snail now. Namely apps like Firefox, iTunes, Quicksilver are slow to launch. Startup time has been slowly increasing since the day I purchased the computer. Sometimes I get just plain computer lockups. It's kind of annoying because my old old Windows desktop ran a lot more reliably and smoother than my Mac is now :(. I'm guessing this isn't normal...

    Now, I've done a couple searches and it seems that a few people have been having the same problems as me. I've looked and tried out a few solutions like running Onyx to little to no avail. Please help me get my Mac back up to speed!
     
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    How much free hard drive space do you have?

    The other possibility is a RAM issue. Insert your OS X install disk, and hold down 'D' upon booting up the machine (before the Apple logo appears) and run a hardware test, it will tell you if you have any faults.

    Faulty RAM is a pretty big issue, not just for Apple but for everyone...
     
  3. keikun13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I currently have about 39gb out of 100gb left on my hard drive. I will run the hardware test when I get back home, but last time it didn't come up with anything wrong.
     
  4. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Look up Mainmenu and run the batch tasks. It may clear up some space at the least.
     
  5. keikun13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I ran the hardware test and it came up with nothing. Right now I'm running MainMenu, but I assume it'll just go through the same things that OnyX did... Any other ideas?
     
  6. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Have you installed any new software lately that may be causing this.
     
  7. keikun13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The only thing I can think of right now is installing BootCamp, but even before I did that, I was still experiencing these issues.
     
  8. ebel3003 macrumors 6502a

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    Have you looked at your startup items?

    System Preferences > Accounts > User Account > Login Items

    Is there anything abnormal?

    Also, I would open Activity Monitor to see what's currently running, check the available ram, see what the processor is running at in terms of stress, etc.
     
  9. keikun13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea there were some unneeded things in the Login Items so I removed those. As for anything unusual in the Activity Monitor, there is a process called WindowsServer running under the user windowserve. Is this normal even if I don't utilize any Windows sharing?
     
  10. ebel3003 macrumors 6502a

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    WindowServer is actually a required process by the operating system (so long as you would like a GUI), so I wouldn't stop that process (not even sure if it will let you).

    When convenient (I know, it's never convenient), I would reinstall Mac OS X and see if this clears everything up. This will at least determine whether it is a software or hardware issue. If after installing and using certain applications, it may become obvious which program is causing the slowdown.

    Unfortunately nothing immediately obvious and helpful comes to mind, but hopefully this will at least get you moving in the right direction. Good luck!
     
  11. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    I was also going to suggest reinstalling the OS. Are you running leopard or no?
     
  12. keikun13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes I was going to do an OS reinstall as a last resort. I am still running 10.4 so I think I'll wait until I get 10.5 to do a fresh install. Thanks for all the advice.
     

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