my mac book pro has been acting very, well, slowly...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zipper1022, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. zipper1022 macrumors regular

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    my computer has been extra sluggish lately...

    i chat freezes as it opens and then unfreezes, it takes about 5 minutes for me to start workgin after turning it on...

    its just slow...

    what sort of maintenance should i do on it?

    i have about 4 gb left on teh hard drive, should i start by clearing it out, does that make it slow?, i dont know what to do...
     
  2. NAG macrumors 68030

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    Whoa, you need to get some more hard drive space. My rule of thumb is keep 10% of your hard drive free. Buy an external and put stuff on that or replace your internal with a bigger drive.
     
  3. zipper1022 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i have an external but i do video so it fill quickly, i feel liek that not enough though, there has to be sstuff i can do to make this puppy faster
     
  4. Batt macrumors 65816

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    What he said. My rule of thumb is 15%. You've gotta get rid of some stuff.
     
  5. zipper1022 thread starter macrumors regular

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    okay i did that, i now have 15 gbs free on my 150 gb hard drive. what next
     
  6. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    Try and get rid of more, if you can. Really, a laptop is not meant to be a permanent storage solution, in the same way that a workstation is.

    What version of OS X are you running? Did you install Leopard, and if so, did you do a clean install or an archive and install? Some users have found that archive and installing creates a bit of instability.

    If you do a lot of video work, I wonder if extra RAM would help. What programs are you using to edit? Maybe someone more experienced with video editing can speak to this.
     
  7. zipper1022 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i am running 10.4.11

    i have 2 gb ram and stuff idk, i think its because i have alot of widgets and a bunch of things in the top bar i.e.: lab tick, switch res x, google notifier, i clock.

    im gonan try and get rid of some of those
     

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