MBP speed issues

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  1. Husky1992 macrumors regular

    Husky1992

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    Hi
    I have a base 13'' mid 2012 mbp that I use as my main (and only) computer. Sometimes I feel it's getting slow and was thinking of changing my ram from 4gb to 8gb but by looking at activity monitor, the graph is all green that should indicate that ram is enough.
    By looking at these stats, what is the reason it's slowing down?
    Thanks

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  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    It could be hard drive related. What are you doing when you feel it is slow?
     
  3. Husky1992 thread starter macrumors regular

    Husky1992

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    My main usage is for internet browsing (using chrome), I experience speed issues when I have lot's of chrome windows opened, for example switching from a tab to another, or switching to chrome-->itunes-->chrome, frequently it freezes the OS or the colored ball appears
     
  4. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    It's sounding even more like a hard drive issue.
     
  5. Husky1992 thread starter macrumors regular

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    are you saying this looking at the "data" stats above? is there a test I can do to see if it's the problem?
     
  6. dmccloud macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds more like a chrome issue to me. OP specifically mentioned that it occurs when there's a lot of tabs open in Chrome, and also when the OP switches between Chrome and iTunes. The fact that it happens independently of iTunes means it's not an issue there, and the fact that it happens only under certain conditions effectively rules out a HDD/SSD issue. If it was a HDD/SSD issue, then it would most likely be seen outside of Chrome. Chrome is notorious for being a memory hog, and there's a lot of posts on these forums about that.
     
  7. Husky1992 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was running 7-8 chrome tabs (and various other software in the background like itunes, firefox, vlc, preview, openoffice) when the OS slowed, I saw the cpu peak up to 10% system, 75%user and 15% idle
    I think it's the cpu the problem...
     
  8. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Your stats point to something you are running using lots of cpu, quite likely that is Chrome and your story supports this.

    Try a different browser (I'd recommend Safari as Firefox is a resource hog in any case), and see if it still occurs.
     

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