SAFARI Slow

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ApoorvPrem, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. ApoorvPrem macrumors regular

    ApoorvPrem

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    Any idea how to make Safari faster? It has become slow as hell. Its a late 2011 Macbook with 8Gb ram. No SSD.

    :(
     
  2. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Yes, install an SSD or switch to Chrome :)
     
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Chrome is a poorly written ressource hog and kills battery life.

    OP, Safari doesn't just become slow all of a sudden, there is an underlying cause. Has anything in your configuration changed recently? Have you noticed slowdowns elsewhere?
     
  4. ApoorvPrem thread starter macrumors regular

    ApoorvPrem

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    I can't comment about elsewhere cos surfing the web has been its primary usage for the past 6 months now. Its HD is almost full - Some 16gb free space. And I can't invest anymore cash in it.
     
  5. bits macrumors member

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    Check your favourites. When I import all my favourites from Chrome & active iCloud Safari sync, Safari works sooo slow and shows beach ball. It can't handle a lot of folders and links. Open Safari without any tab should be fast in nMP 32 GB ram, but sometimes it opens after 1 minute!!!

    In Chrome everything works fine, it can continue work and load more than 100 tabs when Safari can't load one window without any tab! So the best way to increase speed - delete all Safari bookmarks and uncheck iCloud synchronisation.

    Clean Safari load in ~1 sec.

    You can find your Bookmarks file in ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist
    Close Safari, try to rename this file, open again and check if it helps. If it works as previously, you can always rename to Bookmarks.plist and it will load all your bookmarks.
    Don't forget to remove history items.
     
  6. matreya macrumors 65816

    matreya

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    There's your problem... OS X performs poorly when the system disk fills up, you need to free up some disk space.
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    A mechanical hard drive gets slower the fuller it gets. That's likely your problem.

    It is good practice to keep at least 20% free space at all times, which you clearly aren't doing.

    Can't you offload some data on an external drive?
     
  8. ApoorvPrem thread starter macrumors regular

    ApoorvPrem

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    Cool. Let me try this.
     
  9. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Also buy an SSD.
     
  10. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    The best and fastest HDD is no HDD

    SSD's are the present and future
     

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