Repaired MBP acting buggy...am I just paranoid?

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  1. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816

    bobfitz14

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    I had my hard drive replaced by Apple (covered by the warranty thankfully) and ever since it has been acting a bit strange. What I mean is it can be occasionally unresponsive (i.e. slow screen wake up response when lid is opened, beach-ball'ed without many apps running) and outright underperforming for its hardware specs...

    I was curious if it was possible to transfer a bug/virus through the Time Machine backup? I don't think this is likely but was always curious if this could happen anyways.

    I don't know what is causing my MBP to act so strange. It used to be so speedy and reliable, I should probably buy more RAM.
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    When does it beachball? Have you looked at the Activity Monitor? Check your RAM usage.
     
  3. bobfitz14 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It always beachballs on infrequent boot ups, opening iTunes/the like without having anything else open, loading large PDF's or heavy Chrome usage, using Adobe programs.

    I look at my RAM usage and I would definitely benefit from an upgrade but even simple tasks can take a while. For example, with having everything closed and plenty of free RAM it can take up to a minute for Chrome to open, it just keeps on bouncing... Could it be processor related? Or side effects from limited RAM?
     
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    If you have lots of free RAM and Chrome keeps bouncing there is a reading delay which in turn means a read issue. Meaning the issue is at the HDD side of things.
     
  5. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    They could have replaced your HDD with a different brand. Some are louder than others and some are slower to "spin-up" than others or have slower response time or onboard cache. The only spec they have to match when replacing a bad hard drive is the RPM and size.
     
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    Wrong. RPM could be higher and it doesn't matter. It'll be faster to load at higher RPM rating, but it will make more noise.
     
  7. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    Oye, when I said match spec that means as good or better. I think we all know that about Apple.
     
  8. bobfitz14 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sorry for the delayed response. When my hard drive was replaced they also replaced the cable that connects it to the motherboard. Not sure if this negates a read issue and points the finger at other hardware like the motherboard?
     

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