Sloooow (new) MacBookPro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by babbler, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. babbler macrumors member

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    Hi

    I just got a new MacBook Pro 2.2GHz. 4Gb RAM. Everything else standard. I expected it to fly compared to my old Powerbook G4 but it is a lot slower.

    I have installed MS office for Mac and Parallels with win XP.

    Almost everything is slow, but worst is mail which sometimes shows the beachball of death for up to 1 minute after, for example, choosing 'forward'. Opening an already downloaded word doc from a mail attachment is also very slow.

    I am not impressed!

    Any suggestions or comments?


    Thanks
     
  2. Fargomac macrumors newbie

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    just got rid of an early iMac, 2Ghz 2GB 20'' for MBP 2.4Ghz 4GB - in parts like browsing, opening mail, simple tasks, it slows down to beach ball moments...

    £2139.01 + yellow screen + slooow apps. = :eek:
     
  3. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    well, ya'll arent doing something right, if they are new machines first thing thats always best to do is re-install the OS get do a custom install and get rid of the extra printer drivers, and extra languages

    if you're running parallels that would definatly slow it down, because it eats half of your system resources
     
  4. reflex macrumors 6502a

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    Two possible reasons for it to run slow: Office is not a universal binary yet, so runs under Rosetta emulation. And Parallels will slow the rest of the system down. How much, depends on the options you've selected.
     
  5. babbler thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah, I assumed it was universal by now.



    Any suggestions? I very rarely use XP - only for MS access. I have cut down its share of system memory to 0.5Gb from 1.5Gb. Anything else I should do ? What are those two active parallels network connections that I see (Parallels Host-Guest and Parallels NAT) are they wasting resources and what are they for ?



    Thanks
     
  6. squeeks macrumors 68040

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  7. Cuckoo macrumors 6502

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    As long as parallels is not runnig it shouldn't hog any resources

    As long as all office programes are stoped, they shouldn't hog any resources

    if both these are completely stopped, is your system then fast (as blazing fast as you'd expect?)

    from there, start the apps one at the time and see which one is the slowing factor.....
     

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