Slow 2010 MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by bldmn, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. bldmn macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2008
    I have a 2010 MacBook, and it seems to be getting slower and slower. The problem started about a year ago. The main symptom is when opening applications I often get the spinning rainbow ball that can stay on the screen for anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds before going away. Same thing when switching from one app to another. I try to minimize the number of simultaneous open applications I have to 3 or 4 at most.

    Here are some specs:
    Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory: 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 320M 256 MB
    Software: OS X 10.8.2 (12C60)

    It has a 250 GB hard drive, with 180 GB free.

    Things I've done already:
    - Run Disk Utility and repaired permissions.
    - Updated all software.
    - Monitored processor using Activity monitor, but didn't see anything obvious.
    - I restart computer at least once a day.

    Is there anything like caches or settings that I can check to see if they are the problem?

    Any help would be most appreciated.
  2. logana macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2006
    2GB ram and OSX 10.8.2 !!!!

    Upgrade to at least 4GB for 10.8 - preferably 6GB or 8GB

    Your MacBook is running out of ram - download iStat Pro widget and then check you page-in and page-outs on the memory tab....
  3. bldmn thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2008
  4. slomo86 macrumors member


    Jul 30, 2008
    If you really want to speed it up check out this thread. Buy the RAM he has linked and you can run 16GB RAM :D I got mine on order. :cool:
  5. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
    Yeah, go for at least 8GB of RAM, it's worthwhile.

    Also - try backing up your hard drive, and reformatting to reinstall OS X - it's worth doing to clean out any old crap you might have.
  6. rabidz7 macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2012
    Stick 16GB of ram in. It it is unsupported but will work fast!

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