Macbook Pro running slow after several minutes

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Johan555, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. Johan555 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys!

    I just created this account because of the problems my Macbook Pro (2010, 2,4 GHz IC2 Duo) is experiencing. 10 to 30 minutes after starting it, my Macbook starts to run very slowly and it seems as if it is just running in some kind of slow-motion modus.

    I've been Google-ing my ass of, but a lot of the common solutions do not solve the problem (Disk Utility + repair, getting free space on my HD, run VirusBarierExpress).

    Currently have 90,95 GB free disk space (total of 250GB).

    Do you guys have any idea on what the problem might be? It's driving me insane.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Uninstall VirusBarrier, it is not needed.

    If you want to enhance the performance of your Mac, be sure to check these two articles, do not just use applications, that promise to do it for you.

    Open Activity Monitor and go to the System Memory* tab and look for Page Outs and Swap used and report back.



    Currently there are zero viruses affecting Mac OS X in public circulation, but there are other kinds of malware existing, that can infect your Mac.
    To learn more about malware in Mac OS X and what steps can be taken to protect yourself, read the following F.A.Q.:
     
  3. Johan555 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's showing me this, atm:

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  4. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    Is Spotlight indexing? Do you hear any weird sounds from your hard drive?
     
  5. Johan555 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    To be honest I have no idea what Spotlight indexing is. But the sounds from my hard drive may ring a bell.

    Currently running Mac OS X 10.6.8 btw.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    Open Activity Monitor and select All Processes and then sort by CPU to show you the process(es) slowing down your Mac or speeding up your fan(s) or causing more heat.


    Spotlight Indexing
     
  7. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    Look at the upper right corner of your screen, where the little magnifying glass icon is. Do you see a little dot fading in and out of its center? That indicates active indexing. Sometimes that indicator doesn't come up even when it is indexing - click on the magnifying glass to bring up the window. If you see a basic search bar, it isn't indexing. If it's indexing, you should see a message about indexing, along with a progress bar.

    Indexing basically involves going through every file on your computer. It slows down performance, and is particularly noticeable if you're using the stock 5400 RPM hard drive.

    Even if it isn't Spotlight, your issues sound like something is heavily using your hard drive. In Activity Monitor, sort your processes by processor usage (% CPU). Is there anything consistently using a good amount of processor usage? Is mdworker or kernel_task near the top?
     
  8. Johan555 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the response. It's indexing now and is showing the little dot + indexing bar.

    In my Activity Monitor kernel_task and mds are the top. And something called _windowserver.
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    windowsserver is responsible for the fancy graphics you see on the display.
     
  10. Johan555 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In my Activity Monitor, only root processes are on the top + applications like iTunes and Chrome. Nothing weird or suspicious.

    So what is it that is affecting my HD so badly?
     
  11. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    The Spotlight indexing. As I wrote before, this goes through every file on your hard drive and can slow things down, particularly if you're using a 5400 RPM drive (such as the ones that come with your computer).

    If Spotlight takes more than a few hours to complete, I would suggest opening Disk Utility and using the "verify disk" option on your hard drive. Occasionally services like Spotlight and Time Machine get hung up if there are any file system issues, which could happen if you've ever force-shutdown your computer.
     

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