MacBook Pro Slow when Plugged?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Spontida, May 1, 2013.

  1. Spontida macrumors regular

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    When I play some games when I plug it in my game lags very bad but they run smoothly when I am running on batterie, why is this?

    I have the early 2011 MacBook Pro with 4 gigs of Ram running ML.

    I also seem to use up all my RAM really fast (Safari!) and I can't run Safari and some games at the same time.
     
  2. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    It should be the opposite; the games should run poorly on battery and better on AC power. In your Energy Saver settings under System Preferences, look for a setting that changes graphics depending whether you're on AC or battery.

    As far as RAM is concerned, you might want to add more. 4GB isn't as much as it used to be; I'd say 8GB of RAM is probably good for your computer. I upgraded from 4GB to 8GB of RAM on my old Mid-2009 MBP and it definitely helped. RAM is relatively cheap so you should be able to find 8GB for a reasonable price. I think I paid $40 for mine about 8 months ago.
     
  3. Spontida thread starter macrumors regular

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    Will the apple workers at the apple store put it in for me? I can't do this myslef.

    And yes today I plugged it in while playing minecraft and I am lagging horribly. The Energy Saver prefences are fine.
     
  4. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    It's a simple phone call to obtain the answer.

    The Apple store by me does not, even if purchased / ordered through them.

    But I have no idea if that's just the one store, or company policy. They used to a few years ago.
     
  5. ideal.dreams, May 3, 2013
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    ideal.dreams macrumors 68020

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    I don't know if a genius at an Apple store will install new RAM for you, but for what it's worth, it extremely easy to install. Just take off the back cover and pop the old out and put the new in. You can find tons of step by step tutorials online or even video tutorials on YouTube.

    As far as Minecraft goes, it's not an issue with RAM. Minecraft is very processor/GPU intensive which is why it's lagging. The solution to that problem would be to turn down your render distance or buy a new computer. RAM isn't the bottleneck. I installed Optifine for Minecraft on my old Mid-09 MBP and it helped quite a bit with render distance turned down, so you might want to give that a try.
     
  6. WhiteIphone5 macrumors 65816

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    Replacing RAM is very easy. A cave man can do it.
    As far as apple changing it for you, NO.
     

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