PhotoShop slowing down 2011 MBP.. Alot

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  1. Shambles macrumors regular

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    On my MacBook Pro (standard 13" model), PhotoShop runs extremely slow, to the point of it causing music playing through iTunes to lag and beachballs every 10 seconds.

    I only have iTunes and Chrome open when running it.

    It's taking up to a minute just to open a document (around 600 Mb+ usually) and considerably longer when saving.

    I run Utorrent every night, could that be the cause of this slowness? (When I close Utorrent and restart the Mac the slowness persists).

    What can I do to speed up my Mac again? Cheers
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Check Activity Monitor for your memory usage. You may be using all of it and it's spilling into page outs. That will slow down the computer quite a bit. If that's the issue, upgrade to 8GB
     
  3. Shambles thread starter macrumors regular

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    Erm heres the system memory tab.. Is RAM the problem?

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  4. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    Could possibly be disk fragmentation (and despite what you hear, any filesystem can get fragmentation when it has heavy I/O going on like uTorrent).

    If anything, I'd torrent on a separate drive or a separate computer. How much free space do you have?
     
  5. Shambles thread starter macrumors regular

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    I move the downloaded files onto a external harddrive when there finished downloading. So it would be better to download directly onto the external hd?
     
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Yeah, anything over maybe a couple hundred megs of Page outs will cause slowdowns, you could definitely use a RAM upgrade with 1.24 GB.
     
  7. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    Does everything run smoothly when Photoshop isn't running? It may be you don't have enough RAM if you are dealing with 600MB size documents.
     
  8. Shambles thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah but I just use Chrome and iTunes really so you'd expect them to. Cinema 4D doesn't run that great but I assume that's down to the integrated graphics mostly.
     

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