Macbook Pro running slow

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by opencube, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. opencube macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2009
    I have a Macbook Pro Unibody (2008? MacBookPro5,1)

    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    2GB RAM

    I updated my machine to Snow leopard a little while ago too.

    I did have my internal drive partitioned with bootcamp, but removed this around the time of installing Snow leopard, and now run Virtualbox with XP now on the occasion i need to use Windows.

    Ive noticed the machine running a bit 'sticky' than normal making photoshop work frustrating.

    for example, at the moment im running Thunderbird, Chrome, Adium and Photoshop CS4 and clicking on a tool button in PS takes approx 3-4 seconds to get a reaction. I would have thought the machine would be more than powerful enough to be much snappier. Its not even a big PSD file im working on.

    Is it sometimes worthwhile to do a full wipe and reinstall?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I would do a clean install. Upgrading RAM to 4GB is also a great idea as it will speed things like Photoshop and VirtualBox a lot
  3. opencube thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2009
    mmm yeah, how much am i looking at getting the ram up from 2gb to 4gb?

    Its my work machine, and eager not to incur big costs.
  4. Lola M macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2008
    California, USA
    Did you try repairing your permissions? It worked for me.

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