Older, worse Mac running smoother than newer one

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Brush Guy, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. Brush Guy macrumors newbie

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    So my mum uses a 2009 15" 2.4ghz 2 Core Duo MPB with 2 GBs RAM. I use a 2010 13" 2.4ghz 2 Core Duo with 4 GBs RAM. Her laptop runs silky smooth on Lion, opening apps faster, even the graphics such as minimizing a window or moving to launchpad are more slick, while mine feels sluggish. Its frustrating the hell out of me! I have two partitions, one SL and one Lion, and both are slower than my mum's, even though she has 2GBs RAM! Any suggestions?
     
  2. Rideherhard macrumors 6502

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    How full is your hard drive?.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Performance Tips For Mac OS X
     
  4. Brush Guy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    About 70 gigs on both partitions.
    I've tried all the tricks to try and get my Mac running faster but none have really worked.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What did Activity Monitor show? How about paging?
     
  6. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816

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    the 15" has a NVIDIA 9400m and 9600m GT (someone check my data, got it from mactracker) for it's GPUs.

    your 13" has a NVIDIA 320M GPU.

    I think the combination of the two, since they switch and the 9600m GT has 512 MB of shared GDDR RAM, whereas your 320m only has 256 MB could be a factor in the speed difference.
     
  7. Brush Guy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm, haven't heard of paging; in Activity monitor it shows me as having more RAM free, I assume its the GPU then.. Thanks!
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you haven't heard of paging, you didn't read the performance tips I posted. It's number 6 on the list. Also, number 5 relates to my last question.
     
  9. Brush Guy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry on my phone and by this stage I assume, after scouring the Internet for months I had seen every one of those articles.
     

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