My MacBook Pro is running slow

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  1. sirkification macrumors newbie

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    My early 2011 MacBook Pro has all of the sudden gone painfully slow. I must admit, I've failed to turn it off the last few days. Before I continue here are the specs

    Processor: 2.3 GHz intel Core i5
    Memory: 4gb
    Graphics: Intel HD graphics 3000 384mb

    I've looked on past threads and the two options I have noticed are to do a little trick before starting up my laptop and switching the power to my wall and press the shift, alt and command key while holding the power button for 10 seconds. That didn't work. I've also just plain restarted my laptop and that didn't work either. The other option is to use the command "purge" or "sudo purge" as I have mavericks installed. However when it prompts me with my password, it won't let me enter anything in so once I hit enter I get the message "sorry, try again". Almost forgot the details I'm getting from the activity monitor. I don't know what these mean, so if someone could care to tell me, it would be much appreciated

    CPU
    System: 77-84%
    User: 1.09%
    Idle: 21.15%

    Memory
    Physical memory: 4.00gb
    Memory used: 2.88gb
    Virtual memory: 4.00gb

    CPU details are ranges each second so it was hard to get an exact reading. If anyone could help me out that would be great! I would love to be able to go on a website with out waiting for long time again.
    Also I've noticed one process name that is taking a lot of my CPU. Kernal_task. 284-300%. CPU time - 1:27:30.75
     
  2. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    The kernel is a core part of the OS, I would wait it out, it should calm down soon (maybe Spotlight is indexing). Also see what else (if anything) is using a lot of CPU power, sometimes that can trigger the kernel to work hard.

    Can you post a screenshot of activity monitor showing CPU usage?
     
  3. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    I'm assuming you've tried restarting?

    Besides the kernel panic, I found an unrelated thing making mine slow was the terrible 5400rpm hard drive. Everything in general was sluggish and I upgraded to an ssd and could not be happier. iTunes went from 7 bounces to open to not even one now. WAY snappier, which I like.
     
  4. sirkification thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here are the screenshots.

    John, I just replaced my harddrive under applecare because it failed. For some reason they didn't give me the exact replacement and bumped up the space from 320gb to 500gb. However that was almost 3 months ago and I've only just reached 100gb. Might be a silly question, but could that upgrade be the problem?
     

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  5. simon48 macrumors 65816

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    The upgrade shouldn't be a problem. How long has has it been up and running like this? Have you tried restarting? Normally this just means there's some maintenance going on and it will calm down shortly.
     
  6. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    What's up with all the threads about base model 13" 2011 MacBooks pros acting slow lately? This has been like 3rd the thread on this specific model.

    As such, my response for this will be the same as the others: Upgrade to at least 8gb of RAM and a new SSD and the problems will be solved.
     
  7. sirkification thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's been running like this for a few days now. I've tried restarting numerous of times. I've had a friend that suggest to reformat everything, but no one ever wants to do that.

    Tech, I would upgrade the ram and hard drive but I don't really have the money for it at the moment as I am saving up to build my own PC seeing that the new mac pro is way out of my budget.
     
  8. Altemose macrumors G3

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    It is a pain to reformat but is the best method. What happens on a fresh reboot? What type of CPU usage are you seeing with kernal_task on a fresh startup?
     
  9. sirkification thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That screenshot is on a fresh reboot, you can see the graph hasn't even made it's way to the other side of it. The only time I've noticed it going back to it's normal speed is when I wake my computer from sleep but after a few seconds, it's back to being slow again. I've also noticed that my fan has been going pretty much non stop while I'm at my computer. Usually there is a few moments of silence, but I constantly hear it.
     
  10. Altemose macrumors G3

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    I would personally do a reinstall but keep all data in tact to start with.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH10763

    Same thing applies with Mavericks. It will keep all data but have a good backup anyway. If that fails, do a full wipe and reinstall.
     
  11. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Looks like kernel_task has gone haywire. I used to have this problem on my 2011 15" MBP and the only way to solve the problem was a reformat. After a fresh install, the problem disappeared.

    In my case, the kernel_task would go haywire from startup and even prevented my MBP from shutting down (no choice but to force shutdown).
     
  12. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Did you attempt to reinstall without wiping the drive?
     
  13. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Yes, which didn't work in my case. I only reformatted it as a last resort :/
     
  14. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Try a couple things...

    Do a safe mode boot by holding the shift key when booting. That clears some cache files and also strips out any login/startup items. Does it do this in safe mode?

    Also try making a new temp user account and login to that account. Does it still do it there? If it does not that tells us it is something about your account causing the issue.
     
  15. sirkification thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Both still show the same result. I'm attempting to reformat everything now. Reinstalling the OS didn't do anything. Just to double check I am doing it right, is this how to reformat my mac?

    shut it down
    turn it on holding the command and R key
    Select disk utility
    erase internal harddrive
    go back and reinstall my OS
     
  16. sirkification thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just an update. After doing those steps, absolutely nothing has changed. Could something have happen physically to my processor for it to be acting like this?
     
  17. Mystic Eddy macrumors regular

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    Is this with just the OS installed, no apps etc?
     
  18. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes, that is the correct way to do a fresh install. Confirm at the end of the fresh install all you did was make a new account and test it without importing any apps or anything?

    Is kernel_task still spiking CPU usage?

    Try running the Apple Hardware Test. Also command-r to recovery again and run a verify disk and see if that reports anything.
     

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