Switching users takes forever on 17in early 2011

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by KevinRightWing, Jan 11, 2015.

  1. KevinRightWing macrumors regular

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    I have not made any upgrades to my 17in early 2011 mbp yet, although I have asked questions about it on these boards in the past and people are always super helpful. I am getting closer to spending some money and I am just curious about one of my main slowdown issues:

    My wife and I share the laptop which is hooked up to a 27in Thunderbolt display. Switching between users takes forever (being a little dramatic, but about 2 min to switch over) and then it lags for a good 2 to 3 min. After that 2 to 3 min, everything seems to operate at a normal speed.

    Would my 5400 rpm stock hard drive be the prime bottleneck, or my stock 4gb of ram?

    Thanks again to the macrumors community.
     
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    The 5400rpm drive is the main bottleneck.

    Depending on what you do, 4GB of RAM is pushing it these days.

    You could buy an SSD for it, but if I were you, I wouldn't do that. I'd sell it off as fast as I can and buy a new rMBP instead. The early/late-2011 MBPs suffer from the Radeongate manufacturing flaw.
     
  3. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    Do you logoff then back on or use fast user switching? The HDD is probably the bottleneck but Activity Monitor will tell you if memory is an issue too.
     

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