SO slow

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iskazheniya, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. iskazheniya macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2008
    Yesterday morning, I woke my computer up from its 8-hour slumber and found that it was running much more slowly than usual. Miffed (but not as frustrated as I am right now), I opened up Software Update, which froze crashed 5 times in succession. Upon restarting the computer, it asked me if I'd like to install the updates before logging in. I did this (it was like iTunes, Quicktime, and some other stuff that I don't remember) , and to my horror, it was running much slower than it had been already. Even moving the mouse a large distance across the screen caused the beach ball thing to come up. I opened up Camino, and the internet (which is actually quite fast) took ELEVEN minutes to show up because the browser kept freezing. I closed Camino upon discovering that I could make it freeze by simply trying to scroll down my home page (Google News - but that's irrelevant). I went to a simple application (Mail) and after appearing on the screen, I watched the fabled beach ball for 5-7 minutes. Even after waking the computer from sleep now, I have to wait several minutes for it to completely "wake up."
    Even typing this, it has frozen 8 (8!) times and I have had to wait for it to work again. This is getting ridiculous. I can hardly even use the computer now. I've even found myself screaming and cursing at the thing. I went to YouTube earlier and the computer just became unresponsive. I haven't made any major changes since about 2 months ago, when I installed Leopard. I feel like I'm on my old eMachines from 1998 (though that was faster!). I'm worried that my computer is becoming senile and geriatric.
    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. My computer and I need help. I'm a Mac n00b, so please dumb down your speech as much as possible. :)

    Note: The closest :apple: store is hundreds of miles away, so please don't suggest that or I'll windmill kick you (nah, not really)

    And sorry for any mistakes, I am not a native English speaker.

    Another Note: I had no problems with my Macbook prior to this li'l incident.
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    try to repair permissions

    if that doesnt work you can always resort to backing stuff up and reinstall the os

    however i would treat that as a last resort due to the time it takes
  3. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    1. how much memory does "about this mac" show?

    2. Does reset PRAM work for you?

    3. is CPU 100% used and fan kept running?

    4. what version of OSX are you running?
  4. iskazheniya thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2008
    1. 512 MB
    2. I'm gonna try it in a second. (Update: Yes, it worked.)
    3. Yes.
    4. Leopard.
  5. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    ok, im glad it worked, still, try get more memory, 512Mb for leopard is just not enough
  6. iskazheniya thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2008
    But it was just fine before; surely there's SOMETHING I can do to correct whatever has happened before opening up my wallet. Eleven minutes to open up an application? My WATCH could do that.
  7. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    lol, if the machine running for too long, with such small memory, there is bigger chance that some process will eat up memory to a degree that the whole machine slow down to a unacceptable speed.

    if there is something I would suggest if you don't want to add memory. Try reboot machine everyday.

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