MBP (Early '08) Sluggish with 4GB RAM

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pexel, May 9, 2009.

  1. pexel macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2008
    I've got an early 2008 MacBook Pro with 4GB of RAM and a 250GB HDD with ~30GB currently free. When I boot up, it takes a while for things to load and loading Safari (v4 Public Beta) is excruciatingly slow the first time, as is iTunes, iPhoto etc...

    Come a few hours of using the machine and things seem to slow down to a halt, I experience the beach ball very frequently when surfing the web.

    I've just quit all open apps except Safari and checked Activity Monitor:

    Free: 283MB
    Wired: 580
    Active: 1.94GB
    Inactive: 1.20GB
    Used: 3.71
    VM Size: 46.15
    Swap Used: 1.65

    Why would OS X be using swap if I'e got free and inactive RAM? Basically the machine is feeling very sluggish and I have no idea what to do...
  2. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020


    Mar 11, 2009
    To your left or right
    someone had a similar problem. try resetting the PRAM.
  3. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Also checking out how to reset the SMC may be worth a shot.
  5. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2008

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