new MBP acting really slow

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by thenewguy, Apr 27, 2007.

  1. thenewguy macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I have a MBP C2D, purchased in November, and reformatted in January for other reasons.

    it's 2.33 ghz, 2gb mem, highest video card, etc.

    The problem I'm having is slowness - specifically in this scenario: I've been working on a comic recently and have been using Comic Life, just for fun. So I usually ahve Photoshop (CS3), Comic Life, Word, and Firefox (with 6 or 7 tabs) open. I use MenuMeters, and I always have at LEAST 500mb of RAM free. And yet, after about an hour of working like this my computer will get into a state where switching between tabs in Firefox takes a good 2 seconds, or the machine pinwheels when trying to save something, etc. The whole machine gets totally bogged down, it feels like I'm using a 5 year old system. When I check ActivityMonitor, there is almost never any program using lots of CPU Cycles.

    The "background" stuff I'm running: Quicksilver (no extensions), Growl, MenuMeters, Sophos Antivirus

    Any ideas? I use Onyx to clean caches and repair permissions and all of that, but it doesn't help.

    Thanks all.
     
  2. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not familiar with Growl or MenuMeters, so I don't know what they do, but the AntiVirus software would be the first place I would check. Turn it off and see if things improve.
     
  3. zblaxberg Guest

    zblaxberg

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    It's a mac, get rid of the antivirus software.
     
  4. beestigbeestje macrumors regular

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    Yes, antivirus sofware can slow the system down...
     

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