Slow Macbook...

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by atr-drivr, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. atr-drivr macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2010
    My wife has a 15" Macbook that seems to continuing to slow down. Pages load like they are coming from a dial-up - we have a 1GB hardline..opening documents are the same slow process.... In Windows there is the disk cleanup and defragment along with browser clean up.. What is out there either installed or available online to do similar to the Apple products?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    This may help: Performance Tips For Mac OS X
    You don't need to defrag on Mac OS X, except possibly when partitioning a drive.

    About disk optimization with Mac OS X
    You don't need "cleaner" or "maintenance" apps to keep your Mac running well, and some of these apps can do more harm than good. Some remove files/folders or unused languages or architectures, which does nothing more than free up some drive space, with the risk of deleting something important in the process.

    These apps will not make your Mac run faster or more efficiently, since having stuff stored on a drive does not impact performance, unless you're running out of drive space. Some of these apps delete caches, which can hurt performance, rather than help it, since more system resources are used and performance suffers while each cache is being rebuilt.

    Many of these tasks should only be done selectively to troubleshoot specific problems, not en masse as routine maintenance.

    Mac OS X does a good job of taking care of itself, without the need for 3rd party software. Among other things, it has its own maintenance scripts that run silently in the background on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, without user intervention.

  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Maybe the HDD is dying?
    You can use the following applications to benchmark the speed of your HDD / SSD, to see, if it is the culprit:

    Or you don't have enough RAM or CPU power?
    Have a look at Activity Monitor (Applications / Utilities /) and select All Processes and sort by CPU to see what the culprit may be.
    Also check the "System Memory" tab to see what your "Page ins:", "Page outs:" and "Swap used:" are.

    image below uses sorting by CPU as an example
    Further reading:

    Maintenance applications are not needed, as noted above, though you could think about reinstalling Mac OS X, if it is running the same OS since it was bought.
  4. atr-drivr thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2010
    Guys, thanks very much for the info....will see what I can find out....

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