Should I buy the new 15" MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lhlee96, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. lhlee96 macrumors member

    lhlee96

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    I currently have a late 2008 2.53ghz MacBook Pro and it's been getting very slow lately. Should I buy the new 15" MacBook Pro or is there a chance that there will be a completely redesigned MacBook Pro just around the corner during OS X Lion's launch?
     
  2. Relznuk macrumors 6502

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    It's extremely unlikely that you'll see a redesigned MacBook pro prior to 2012. IF you need a MacBook Pro, buy one - The 2011 models are great. You'll love them!
     
  3. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

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    Your current Mac should not be slow ... maybe something is wrong with it?
     
  4. New2Guitar macrumors newbie

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    I just purchased a MBP...couldn't be happier......
     
  5. Pballer110 macrumors 6502

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    What programs are you running that your system is slow? thats a very capable machine. Did you upgrade the ram? You may see a performance increase from a SSD. It would be much cheaper than a new system.
     
  6. ZZANG macrumors regular

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    +1....

    plus might want to update your sig eh? ;)
     
  7. Kyzelios macrumors 6502

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    In my opinion it would be a waste of money at this point to replace your computer with a newer model. Your MacBook Pro should be more than capable of performing tasks without running slowly, which leads me to believe that there may be an underlying software or hardware issue.

    Here are a few troubleshooting steps that you can try, see if they help to improve your computers performance:

    Run the Apple Hardware Test
    For information on how to run the Apple Hardware Test on your computer, please see http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1509.

    If the Apple Hardware Test reports that there is a hardware issue with your computer other than the RAM or hard disk (as these parts can be easily replaced), either contact Apple regarding the matter (if you still have AppleCare) or look into replacing the unit if repairs would be too costly.

    If the Apple Hardware Test does not report any errors, proceed with troubleshooting the software on your computer.

    Repair permissions
    1. In the Finder, click on Go and then click on Utilities.
    2. Open Disk Utility.
    3. Select your computer's boot volume (typically labeled "Macintosh HD") on the left hand side.
    4. Click on the First Aid tab and then click on Repair Permissions.
    5. Wait for Disk Utility to repair the permissions on your boot volume, then restart your computer.
    For more information on repairing permissions, please see http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1452.

    Reset PRAM
    To reset the PRAM on your MacBook Pro:
    1. Turn off your computer.
    2. Press the power button to turn the computer on.
    3. Hold down the Command-Option-P+R key combination until you hear the computer chime twice.
    4. Release the keys and allow the computer to boot up.
    For more information on resetting the PRAM (Parameter RAM), please see http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1379.

    Safe Boot
    Performing a safe boot will clear the caches and perform other maintenance tasks that may resolve software related issues with your Mac.

    To perform a safe boot:
    1. Turn off your computer.
    2. Press the power button to turn the computer on.
    3. Immediately press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard when you hear the computer chime.
    4. Release the Shift key when you see the Apple logo appear on your screen.
    5. Once the computer has booted up, restart it to boot normally.
    For information for performing a safe boot, please see http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1455.

    Try another user account
    1. Click on the Apple menu.
    2. Click on System Preferences.
    3. Click on Accounts.
    4. Create a new user account.
    5. Log out of your current account.
    6. Log in to the new account.
    7. See if the computer is still performing slowly.
    For more information on creating new accounts, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2542.

    Re-install the latest combo update
    Installing the latest combo update package may repair corrupted or damaged files within Mac OS X.

    1. Click on the Apple menu.
    2. Click on "About This Mac".
    3. Verify which version of Mac OS X you are currently running (e.g. 10.6.6).
    4. Download the appropriate combo update installer from Apple's support website at http://support.apple.com/downloads#Combo
    5. Install the combo update that you downloaded.

    If none of the above steps correct the performance issue with your computer, then I would recommend looking into re-installing Mac OS X to rule out the possibility of a software related issue.

    You could also look into upgrading the hard disk in your system to help improve performance, either by replacing it with a 7200 RPM drive or a solid state drive (SSD), which would be more cost effective than simply purchasing a new computer.

    Hope that helps, have a great day!
     
  8. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    Or get an SSD. That will breathe new life into any laptop and it's much cheaper.
     
  9. AuroraProject macrumors 65816

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    My MacBook Pro is from 2006 and its still fast (for it's age of course). Sounds like yours needs some TLC.
     

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