my mac getting slower...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by angelinla, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. angelinla macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2008
    hi all

    when i first purchased my macbook (2.1ghz, 1gb ram), it was pretty fast. everything loaded nicely and it was great

    however, recently, it's gotten a bit slower. i used to never see the rainbow spinning wheel but now i constantly see it. also, apps take a lot longer to load now than they used to. particular app of concern is safari. sometimes this is excruciatingly slow, and i'll need to reset it. why is this?

    also....neooffice and windows2008 take SOOOOOOOO long to load, is this normal? when i used to use windows, they would take about a second or two to load, but on my macbook...they seriously take about 10 seconds to load up. is this normal?

    thanks for answering my questions...

    do you think it's because i only have 1gb ram? i haven't added too many additionals applications since the beginning.
  2. gusious macrumors 65816


    Dec 2, 2007
    Well it is very normal.The more you use your laptop the more your hard drive gets full so the more time it needs to do stuff.

    Maybe upgrading to a higher Ram will do good!!;):D
  3. Bigtree macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    • repair permissions (ignore any error messages)
    • repair your hard drive until no errors are shown
    • Reset Safari from Safari's menu
    • run Onyx's Automation feature
    • reboot
    • open all applications to recache
    • reboot to organise caches
  5. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    I had the same slugness I just reinstalled OS X
  6. sOwL macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2007
    Nerd Cave
    yep, thats what i do for maintenance :)
  7. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    Open Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder and see if there is a process that is taking a lot of your CPU power.
  8. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Because Safari's cache gets badly fragmented. You can follow the script at this link to defrag it. Best if you copy and paste it so there are no typos. Most Mac-tards just keep emptying the cache, which never fixes the problem. Once you defrag the Safari cache, you won't need to do it again for a long time.
  9. windowpain macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2008
    main menu is my maintenance application of choice.

    Also, sadly, office '08 is just slow - this is normal. I think 10 seconds is faster than it loads on my macbook. :(
  10. tMac85 macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2007
    in a great place
    up the ram! up the ram! up the ram!

    1gb is just not normal these days. especially in the pc world all laptops are comin with 3 gb. ( apple wont do more than one standard, so they can get $$ out of you!)

    a simple ram upgrade to 2 or more will make all the difference.
  11. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    as for why windows office is so slow
    i believe it has something to do w/ the way the program was written

    i think it was something along the lines of, office was written for windows.. not macs thats why its so freakin slow on osx ( i know i hate it) but thats why keynote/pages runs a lot faster
    same w/ adobe flash (BOOOO!)
  12. gixxerfool macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2008
    This is all great information! Thanks guys. Totally new to Mac and am always looking for new advice/information.

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