OS X slowing down on macbook

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bigjimbob, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. bigjimbob macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Hi Guys,
    not sure if anybody can help but i'd very much appreciate it. I bought a macbook shortly after they were first released and it was my first proper foray into the world of OS x.

    Something that I'd read and appealed to me about OS X, was that, unlike Windows, the speed and performance of OS X wasn't effected by the number or type of programs installed.

    However over the last 8 or so months, the performance of OS X has dropped noticeably. Boot up used to be lightning fast, now it takes 4 times as long. I'm getting an awful lot of of beach balls as well.

    I don't really do any processor/ram intense work, mainly internet the odd video processing. The only non UB software i use is office 2004 and i use it rarely. I've a 2ghz Core due with 2gb ram. HDD seems fine.

    Is this normal and the things i read were rubbish, or is something up. The only programs i've installed are:

    Delicious Library
    Deventhink personal
    google/gmail notifier
    office 2004
    Shapeshifter (not in use but installed)
    Wolfenstein ET (unplayable unfortunately)

    I've only got 3 widgets as well - calculator, dictionary and istat nano.

    Help please!

  2. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    Basically use MainMenu or OnyX to run maintenance. I used to use both, but I see no need to anymore. If you don't want to download anything, in Terminal type:
    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly
  3. MatthewCobb macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2005
    Manchester, UK
    What do you use the machine for?? :)

    Seriously, try re-installing OSX. Doesn't sound normal to me.
  4. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    No need to. Just run the maintenance scripts, OnyX, etc.
  5. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    4 minutes to boot is too long for your computer.

    Definitely run the maintenance scripts, also check what is in login items.
  6. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    How full is your hard drive? OS X can start to struggle if there's only a few gigs left.
  7. merc669 macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2006
    Southern MD, USA
    I am pretty much in the same boat. I am using just 5 Widget Clocks and iStat for the widgets. Also use Quicksilver for file launching and FanControl for Fan Adjustments. I have a MBP with 2G Ram and 48G left on a 100G Drive. I use Maintenance to run weekly scripts but its usually Quicksilver that does a lot Beachballing. I use Entourage and Firefox mainly for surfing and email. Other than that not much else. When it is finished it runs very smoothly. Its still quicker than my Windows 3.6Mhz XP Machine...

  8. Aniej macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2006
    that is honestly like the biggest jump in steps i have ever seen on here. i mean one thing is the standard try repairing permissions, but reinstalling, come on......
  9. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Oh no, it's quite normal for somebody to suggest that as the first step. ;)

    I would also strongly recommend running fsck in single user mode.
  10. bigjimbob thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    :) that's my normal answer when people have these kinds of problems with XP

    Running the "periodic daily weekly monthly" command did speed the OS X Loading part of the boot up a little bit but in session performance still isnt' what it used to be - I notice the biggest slowdowns when running firefox with about 3 tabs open.

    (it isn't 4 minutes to load, more like 15 seconds but when i first got the machine it took about 4 seconds).

    Plenty of HDD space, i was down to about 1gb spare but i freed up about 17gb by deleting a video my brother was working on (and then deleting his profile).

    Two things to note, the very first screen before OS X starts loading (grey with the apple) used to only be on screen for about 1-2 seconds, now it lingers for about 5. And when the desktop used to load, everything (icons, things on the taskbar) showed up pretty much instantly. Now there is a few seconds of delay.

    I'll try some of the maintenance programs and see what results they yield
  11. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Check your drive with fsck in single user mode.

    Or did I suggest that already?
  12. NaMo4184 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2005
    Alright Buddy

    Alright buddy, I'm going to make your OS X install so fliping fast your going to poop your pants.

    1st download and install onyx

    2nd type in your pasword and go to maintenence

    3rd delete all internet related things + caches (especially font) + logs and everything in general

    restart your computer, it should be a little slower. Run permissions + maintinance scirpts + optimizations. restart again and it should be as fast as its going to get.

    For my box i noticed that certain run all the time programs slowed down my computer. Those were quicksilver and growl. after getting rid of those two programs i experienced a speed up.

    If this doesn't work, reformat and install one program an hour until you notice a slow down.

    oh and hopfully you don't have norton anti-virus installed. if you do then reformat your computer.

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