My 2008 MP is a bit sluggish

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  1. fluidedge macrumors 65816

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    Now this thing should fly right? Quad core etc. Yet opening a finder window or a spotlight search or opening a 2mb QT file sends it beachballing for about 2-3 seconds.

    Changing tabs in a web browser sends it beach balling for ~1 sec. Really annoying.

    Not much you might think, but it really shouldn't be struggling with simple tasks should it?

    Is there some cleaning up to be done?
     
  2. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    How much RAM do you have? If you have 4GB or more, you shouldn't be experiencing issues like that unless you're multitasking several memory-hungry apps.

    Another possibility could be the hard drive. Frequent beachballing can be caused by a failing hard drive.
     
  3. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    Go into activity monitor and look at the active processes to see if anything is hogging the system.
     
  4. milk242 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, it shouldn't be doing that. Mine lags when my external WD is plugged in, always waiting for it to spin up and down. It's quite annoying and I wish WD would do something about it.
     
  5. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    If you have set your disks to spin down, this could do it too.
     
  6. akadmon macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, that's probably it. How much free space do you have left on your system drive? If you're below 5%, try moving some stuff to another location. If this fails, try doing a fresh install on another drive.
     
  7. fluidedge thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hi

    I only have 2gb of ram but thats still enough for simple tasks. I'll check the spin down and i have well over 150GB of HDD space. thanks.
     
  8. student_trap macrumors 68000

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    This happened to my 08 mac pro and it turned out to be a hard drive that had gone bad
     
  9. lord patton macrumors 65816

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    to be sure, open activity monitor to view memory usage. If you go long periods between booting you could be paging out/in even if you don't have a lot open at the moment.
     
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  11. ildondeigiocchi macrumors 6502a

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    Failing HDD

    I am having the exact same problem as you and it seems that its being caused by a dying/failing Hard Drive. Make sure to back up data as soon as possible!
     
  12. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68000

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  13. iBug2 macrumors 68040

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    Even a Mac Pro will drag with 2GB memory. Get at least 4, preferably 8. Memory is cheap now.
     
  14. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Although he has a low amount of RAM, for what he is describing that should be enough. So, the beachballing is either a problem with the hard drive or permissions. Repair permissions and see if that makes any difference.
     
  15. ildondeigiocchi macrumors 6502a

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    Out of curiosity, since I am having similar issues as the OP, how do u reset permissions?
     
  16. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Disk Utility>First Aid>Repair Permissions
     
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