Super Slow and laggy, Simply Mac cannot figure out.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by glitchvdub, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. glitchvdub, Sep 17, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2013

    glitchvdub macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2013
    I have a late 2008 macbook unibody. Since I bought it 5 months ago, it has been a bit slow. Since this was my first Mac and I haven't had a laptop for a while I thought it was just the way it was. The only way I can temporally fix it is to restart the computer.

    Issues I have been having:
    • After it has been asleep I will wake it up. Shortly after I will be tying in a URL and there will be a 2-6 second delay from when I type the word to when it shows up. I have noticed this in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox.
    • Doing light editing in Lightroom will cause the computer to freeze and not respond for a few minutes.
    • I get the beachball a lot even when just typing, opening programs.
    • Some programs will go in and out of not responding.

    Steps done to diag:
    • Reinstalled OS and upgraded to Mountain Lion
    • Fixed permissions
    • Verified disc showed ok
    • Replaced RAM
    • Cleared caches
    • Re-installed all programs (did not install from backups)
    • Took to Simply Mac, they could not find any causes of slowness

    • Late 2008 Macbook 13'
    • 8GB RAM
    • 250GB stock HD (only 55GB used)
    • Core 2 Duo 2.4

    I am thinking of replacing my HD, could be having some issues that tech tools nor Disk Utility are catching, but I am unsure.

    EDIT: Tech Tools did say my spin up time was slow. But after searching it, it could be a fluke.
  2. chibiterasu macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2012
    London, The United Kingdom
    Well really the only upgrade left is getting an ssd, you have done the ram, so with out having to fork out for a new system, all that's left that can be realistically done.

    But a ssd I think would solve the issues you have listed because most of the things you have listed are relying on that hdd which will only be a 5400rpm drive so you will defiantly see less of that beach ball with a ssd.
  3. madmacfan macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2012
    London, United Kingdom
    Have you done a Smc reset and have you zapped the pram. Also make sure the ram you installed is the correct speed for your macbook. If you put in ram of a higher bus speed (mhz) then your mac will automatically down clock itself and run slower as a result.

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