ok, mbp suddenly very slow to boot and run... help!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by i-unit123, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. i-unit123 macrumors member


    May 26, 2006

    i have a 2.16 mbp with 2gb of ram, 100gb 7200rpm hard drive with 10.4.10. It has always been fine, but suddenly, it is always slow and crashy.

    specifically, it takes a long, long time to boot. probably around 3x or 5x the normal length of my macbook. also, it usually runs ok, but expose and dashboard bring it to a crawl, where it freezes up for sometimes around 4 minutes. its really awful, obviously. it also takes about 2x as long to turn off. general use is ok, but graphic intense applications cause such long freezes. my airport also is destroyed, but thats related to 10.4.10 and not what im concernes about right now...

    the only potential causes i can think are that i have had bootcamp installed (but ive had it for a long time, the problem is new), and that my hard drive is somewhat full.

    at one point i accidently let my hard drive only have 1gb space left, but this was after the problem already started. i brought it down to 10gb of free space and the problem has not alleviated or been made better at all.

    i am sure there are a lot of things to check and do so just list them and i can see if anything helps. i really dont want to reinstall osx, seems like a windows thing to do, and i dont have backup solution readily available etc. any help you can give is great! thanks so much:)
  2. Mr. B macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2005
    Just finished fixing my gf's macbook that had virtually the same problems as yours.

    1. Delete unnecesary files from your computer.

    2.Clean up the desktop

    3.Open disk utility and run fix permissions and then verify Disk. (note, both of these will take awhile. Touch nothing after starting these programs running until after they are done.) If the disk verify checks out, then good, if not...

    4. Get the original installation cd that came with your computer and boot into it by holding up c on startup. Go into the disk utility on it and do "repair disk", this should do it for that.

    5. Once the disk is ok, go to macupdate.com and download Onyx. Use Onyx to run a cleanup script on your computer that goes throuch the caches and cleans everything up.

    6.Restart computer.

    That really should make things run very fast.

    hope that helps!
  3. atad6 macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2006
    You might also want to try and check what programs you have set to run at start in the user panel of system preferences.

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