MacBook Slowing Down!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chrismac00, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. chrismac00 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2007
    I got my MacBook on Christmas. It worked very well the first month until lately, I think when I download "Cabos" a P2P Network Program and it's been slowing down and freezing! The rainbow spinning appears EVERY SINGLE TIME that I open something and it takes long to open. Do I need more RAM? Oh and can you change that rainbow circle waiting thingy?

    Please and thank you

  2. Jason S. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2007
    Try Repairing Permissions in the Disk Utility.
  3. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2007
  4. JSchwage macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    To the best of my knowledge, I don't think the "beach ball", "rainbow circle", "pinwheel", etc. can be changed. But yeah, as far as speed goes, I'd recommend repairing disk permissions. Also, you might want to do a spring cleaning of your personal files.
  5. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    I would also add that you check what your P2P program is doing when your computer is on. Those types of programs will slow your computer down.
  6. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Cabos is a horrible horrible program! You'll have better luck using Poisoned or just bittorrent to download your open source songs. Cabos is a PPC app, so it requires rosetta, never mind it's probably poorly coded. Just don't use it. Does that help any?

    Also, how much hard drive space do you have left? Try leaving your computer on overnight so it can run the daily, weekly, and monthly cron tasks.
  7. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    Try Frostwire, it connects to the same network as Cabos and has much better performance.
  8. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Check the DLing program first.

    Also, if it's the MacBook you describe in your sig, more RAM would also help. You've only got 1 GB in there, so it's not surprising that running multiple apps is giving you slowdowns.
  9. chrismac00 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 17, 2007
    Thanks for the quick replies everyone. I am currently trying Repairing Missons on Disk Utility and maybe I will erase Cabos, but its good but I think it slows down my computer also. Any other Cabos-like program that doesn't slow down your computer?
  10. goose1873 macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Erie, PA
    I would definitely upgrade your RAM. It's the easiest and least expensive way to up performance. Worth the $50 and 5 minutes of your time
  11. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Have you been putting your computer to sleep/shutting it down at night or leaving it on? In addition to repairing permissions, you may also want to download a program called OnyX. OS X likes to run its standard maintenance scripts to keep your system running at optimal performance in the middle of the night when you're not using it, but it can't do that if the computer's not on. Desktops are usually on at night, so they have no problem with this. Since you have a MacBook, though, you may want to try running those scripts manually with a program like OnyX. You can also do it through the Terminal if you're comfortable with Unix commands, but I don't remember what they are.

    Additionally, how much hard drive space do you have left? You should always try to leave about 10% of your total disk space free to keep running your computer at its best.

    Finally, have you tried simply restarting your computer? If you were running a program that's a memory hog and it was badly coded, you may have some memory leak problems. If that's the case, rebooting will fix it.

    If none of those things work, then it's probably the P2P program doing something strange.
  12. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    Second that and delete all the crap you don't need. If it still is slow like that, you could try a Fresh install? That would be a last ditch effort. Try to not use Cabos and use Frostwire like the other guy said above.
  13. Kalafut macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2008
    i just use limewire, the only problems i have had with it was on my pc, and my macbook is running great, although i have 2.5 GB's of ram installed so that might help a little
  14. iCeFuSiOn macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    I'd recommend that you use something like Poisoned or Transmission if you're planning on using any peer-to-peer software on your Mac. Poisoned allows you to connect to OpenFT and other file sharing networks, while Transmission allows you to connect to BitTorrent trackers.

    Here are a list of things you can do to make your Mac run like new:

    1. Make sure that Mac OS X and your applications are all up to date. You can check for updates that apply to your current applications at or and just search for the program. Alternatively, some applications have built in update functionality (usually located in the Menu bar under the applications name (for example: Adium > Check For Updates...)

    2. Disable any un-needed login items. Some applications can enable "daemons" or services which run in the background when you log into your Mac. To check for these startup items, open System Preferences, click on Accounts, click on your account in the left hand side, and then click on "Login Items". Uncheck or remove anything you don't need.

    Do some spring cleaning on your files:

    3a. If you have a lot of old music that you don't listen to anymore, you may want to remove it from your iTunes library. To do this, simply highlight the songs in iTunes, and then tap the "delete" key on your keyboard. iTunes will ask if you want to move the files to the trash as well, click on Yes. Alternatively, you could burn these files to a CD or DVD for safe keeping (You can find your AAC/MP3/audio files in /Users/your user name/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music).

    3b. Archive or remove any old documents. If you have a lot of documents or pictures on your hard drive that you rarely access, it may be a good idea to burn them to a CD or DVD so that you can remove them from the hard drive and reclaim some free space. To do this, insert a blank CD or DVD into your computers disc drive and the Finder should show an "Untitled CD" or "Untitled DVD" on your desktop. Now you can drag and drop your unused files to the icon on your desktop. To burn the files, open the Finder and you should see "Untitled CD/DVD" in your Sidebar with a burn icon next to it. Click on the Burn icon and it will prompt you for a name and the burn speed. Input the correct information here and then click on Burn.

    3c. If you've uninstalled any programs in the past there may be a chance that their preference files and support files are still kicking around on your hard drive. If you no longer use an application, do the following to remove it and its associated files:

    - Drag the application (such as Adium) to the trash.
    - Navigate to /Users/your user name/Library/Application Support.
    - Drag the folder associated with the application (in this case, Adium 2.0) to the trash.
    - Navigate to /Users/your user name/Library/Preferences.
    - Drag and drop "com.AdiumX.AdiumX.plist" to the trash.
    - Empty the trash.

    The file naming scheme for most preference files is "com.[vendor].[applicationname].plist" - so if you've got "TextWrangler" by Bare Bones Software (great text editor, in my opinion), the preference file would be called "com.barebones.textwrangler.plist". Note for this application there is also a folder called "com.barebones.textwrangler.PreferenceData", which would be safe to remove as well.

    4. Run the maintenance scripts once a week if you put your Mac to sleep or shut it down a lot to ensure that the system software clears its caches, and also repair your disk permissions every now and then to make sure that nothing has been tampered with.

    To do this, open a new Terminal window (you can find the Terminal in /Applications/Utilities/).

    In the terminal window, type the following commands:

    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly
    sudo diskutil repairPermissions /
    sudo -K
    When you are prompted for your password, simply type it in and then press Return or Enter on your keyboard. "Sudo" is a command that runs an application or command as a "super user" or "root" which has higher permissions, and should only be used when required (these commands require that they be run as super user/root for best results).

    The above commands will perform the following actions:

    - Repair permissions on your boot volume.
    - Run the "daily", "weekly", and "monthly" maintenance scripts which clear caches etc.
    - Reset the sudo command as if it were never run so you are presented with the 'sudo command warning' message when you run it again (I'd recommend doing this if you don't use the Terminal a lot).

    5. Last but not least, if you've had your Mac on for a long time without restarting it (this includes putting it in and out of sleep for two months straight), you may want to try restarting it, which clears some other caches and clears out any possible memory leaks from faulty application daemons/services, etc. Just click on the Apple menu and click on "Restart...", and when you are prompted if you'd like to continue just click on "Restart". Alternatively, if you hold down the Option key and click on the Apple menu and then click on Restart, it will go ahead and restart immediately without prompting you (you can do this for shut down and log off as well).

    Also, if you find that your Mac is just dog slow when you're running a lot of applications at once, you may want to invest in a RAM (memory) upgrade. Your MacBook currently has 1GB (which is most likely installed in a 2x512MB DDR2 configuration) of RAM. I'd recommend purchasing 2x1GB DDR2 memory modules (make sure that you get notebook RAM or "SODIMM") and install them in your MacBook for a performance boost. Please note that the maximum amount of memory you can install in your 2.16 GHz MacBook is 2GB (some have reported that 3GB will work as well, however as far as I know this is unsupported by Apple on the 2.16 GHz MacBook, and you most likely won't need any more than 2 GB of RAM unless you are doing a lot of heavy duty tasks like editing large files in Photoshop and running over 10 applications at once). For information on installing RAM in your MacBook, please see the following Apple Support articles:

    I hope that this information proves to be useful to you, and enjoy your Mac :)

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