Slows down Mac OS

jeremyasto

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Jan 10, 2012
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my computer slows down very often, any idea what should I do or what to download

thanks


macbook unibody

ps: i have free memory extras program and it usually shows 120+ mb free but sometimes it also shows so low so its red so this is about rap memory
 

Nov 28, 2010
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Open Activity Monitor and go to the System Memory* tab and look for Page Outs and Swap used and also select All Processes and then sort by CPU to show you the process(es) slowing down your Mac and report back.

And also post the specs of your computer (CPU frequency and type, RAM amount, free storage capacity), which can be found via :apple: > About This Mac and Finder > CMD+SHIFT+C > select Macintosh HD > CMD+I > Available / Capacity.
 

w0lf

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Upgrade your ram or run less programs simultaneously.

Those are really the only two options.
 

benwiggy

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You only have 2Gb of RAM, which is quite low. You are using it all, and also "swapping" memory onto the hard disk, which is what causes you the slowness.

Upgrade your RAM.
 

jeremyasto

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Jan 10, 2012
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I see..
how much does it cost ? for example 2gb extra ?
and is it hard to install it ?

macbook unibody

anyway is there any browser that takes less ram ?

and what is "window server" can i close it
 
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w0lf

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I see..
how much does it cost ? for example 2gb extra ?
and is it hard to install it ?

macbook unibody

anyway is there any browser that takes less ram ?

and what is "window server" can i close it
windowserver is what draws your desktop/widgets.

All browsers take a lot of ram. Honestly with the way most people use browsers these days you're doing pretty good if you've been using a browser for over an hour and it's under 1GB ram.

Ram is relatively cheap. If your computer can support it I'd go for 8GB if not, then 4 GB.

Either way it'll probably cost you about $40-60 to get that much ram.

Ram is incredibly easy to install, it takes about 2 minutes. Apple has guides on how to do it.

Here's an example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUjPnthQ78E
 
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justperry

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Aug 10, 2007
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Home is everywhere and nowhere.
I see..
how much does it cost ? for example 2gb extra ?
and is it hard to install it ?

macbook unibody

anyway is there any browser that takes less ram ?

and what is "window server" can i close it
You need to provide more information to help you out here.

Click on the Apple Menu.About this Mac>More Info..>System Report>Model Identifier