Macbook Trouble - slower than expected

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by adviolin, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. adviolin macrumors newbie

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    I bought a macbook (the white midline model with 2GB ram) in early February, and am generally very happy with my purchase, but I can't help feel as if something is slightly off. I notice lags in such simple things as switching windows, or closing tabs. Sometimes it even takes half a second for text to appear after I've typed it. Also, in the first two months, the fans never ran at all (unless I'd used a computationally intensive program, which was rare) Today, the fan was on all day, even when nothing was going on. I use the computer to read email, use the internet and chat with my friends - nothing fancy. I've used mac G4 and iMac machines and they are all blazingly fast. I can't help feel gipped that it takes 5 seconds to open firefox in the morning when on the iMacs at our school it opens instantly.

    Overall this computer is much better than the one I had before. Am I being too picky in expecting the macbook to be faster than this? Is there a way I can check to see if there might be a problem? Any help would be great. Thanks to everyone in advance.
     
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    First thing I would do is go to activity moniter, and check your Page Outs (under system memory) tell me that number.

    I occasionally run programs like OnyX to clean up the system and give it a performance boost. There isn't much else you can do to speed up your system. Perhaps you should have gone with a MacBook Pro...
     
  3. adviolin thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Well, your system seems to be running fine, so I guess this is a case of high expectations :eek: I would still recommend OnyX, it may help boost your performance.
     
  5. erikamsterdam macrumors regular

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    The Macbook Pro does not open Firefox any faster than a Macbook, that is a silly remark. Same harddisk, same processor.
    5 seconds is way too long, especially with 2GB. My Macbook does it in just over a second or so.
    Maybe you can try to make a new User and check how it responds if you log in as that new user. Maybe something went wrong in your user profile. Is it just FF that is slow?
     
  6. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    MacBook Pro does have a faster C2D inside it, but either way if you want a new computer that bad wait for Santa Rosa. I second trying a new user. If the problem goes away, use the new user and transfer your files. Those times are way too long for a 2 Ghz computer. My 2.33 iMac opens FF within one little icon bounce.
     
  7. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Next time your fans are running when you're not expecting them to, check Activity Monitor to try and track down what's taking up your CPU %. (tell it to show "all processes")

    Launch times can vary - I just launched FF several times: 1st was 5 sec, next was less than 1. After running Activity Monitor, it took about 2. (2.33GHz MBP C2D, 3GB RAM)
     

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