Sluggish MB - Diagnostic Utilities?

Falk3r

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Original poster
Jun 9, 2009
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I've got MB from a couple years ago:

Mac OSX 10.6.8
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo
2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

But it is hella-sluggish. As a Windows machine is my primary computer, I wrote it off as needing a format/reinstall. After doing that, the machine is still really slow. Even launching a web browser leads to spinning beach balls.

Are there any built-in diagnostic utilities in OSX to verify if I have some hardware issues? Or is it time to upgrade the RAM?

Thanks!
 

imageWIS

macrumors 65816
Mar 17, 2009
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I've got MB from a couple years ago:

Mac OSX 10.6.8
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo
2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

But it is hella-sluggish. As a Windows machine is my primary computer, I wrote it off as needing a format/reinstall. After doing that, the machine is still really slow. Even launching a web browser leads to spinning beach balls.

Are there any built-in diagnostic utilities in OSX to verify if I have some hardware issues? Or is it time to upgrade the RAM?

Thanks!
What is the exact model? If you can get 8 GB for it, do it. Also, try fixing disk permissions and resetting the PRAM and SMC.
 

flatfoot

macrumors 65816
Aug 11, 2009
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I've got MB from a couple years ago:

Mac OSX 10.6.8
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo
2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

But it is hella-sluggish. As a Windows machine is my primary computer, I wrote it off as needing a format/reinstall. After doing that, the machine is still really slow. Even launching a web browser leads to spinning beach balls.

Are there any built-in diagnostic utilities in OSX to verify if I have some hardware issues? Or is it time to upgrade the RAM?

Thanks!
The sluggishness is almost definitely due to the HDD dying. Backup your data, download and run SMART Utility (google).

After that you might also upgrade to 4GB of RAM, but RAM is not the issue here.