MacBook Pro Slow Down. Suggestions?

bigbluenation

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I have a macbook pro that is approximately two years old. I'm running Snow Leopard and have been experiencing lots of slow downs and beach balls recently. I checked my HD and it was fine, have 4GB ram. Slow downs occur just surfing web and using itunes. If I upgrade to Lion will this help with slow downs? If I upgrade will a Time Machine back up suffice before upgrading. Thanks
 

SplicedBanjo

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Dec 13, 2011
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Well it wouldn't be cheap, but if you got something like TechTool 6, you could run its Volume Rebuild tool and gain access to lots of other diagnostics.
 

thundersteele

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Oct 19, 2011
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Upgrading to Lion won't help with performance issues. It's different from SL in a few aspects, with (depending on whom you ask) some improvements, but I wouldn't say it's faster.
 

smirk

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Do the slowdowns happen regularly enough that you could catch it while running "top" in a terminal window or Activity Monitor? Do you have any process running that are sucking up lots of RAM? Does Console.app show any suspicious error messages? Have you run "/fsck -f" to check for any drive issues? I mean, just basic troubleshooting to try to narrow down the problem. There's no guarantee that updating to Lion will fix this.

Repairing your permissions wouldn't hurt, although I know it's not a cure-all. Plus, you could always do a Combo Install of the latest Snow Leopard point update. Sometimes that helps fix issues that crop up from doing a delta update.
 

GGJstudios

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I have a macbook pro that is approximately two years old. I'm running Snow Leopard and have been experiencing lots of slow downs and beach balls recently. I checked my HD and it was fine, have 4GB ram. Slow downs occur just surfing web and using itunes. If I upgrade to Lion will this help with slow downs? If I upgrade will a Time Machine back up suffice before upgrading. Thanks
You might find some of this helpful: Performance Tips For Mac OS X
 
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