This stopped me from buying a MBA...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by joec1101, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. joec1101 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2010
    So Cal, USA
    Anyone else notice this?

    I went into the Apple store yesterday all ready to buy a 13" 256GB/4GB MBA and I started playing with the demo units. The screen scrolling is *really* choppy in Safari and iTunes. I downloaded and installed Chrome and still it was really choppy scrolling. I tried this on a couple different demo units.

    This is polar opposite of my MBP where the scrolling is very smooth and fluid.

    Could this be just a problem with Lion and hopefully it will get fixed with the next Lion update? Or is this an actual hardware problem?

    I'm really disappointed...I really was looking forward to one of these, but I just can't live with that issue. :(
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Some people have noticed this. Others haven't. It appears to be a Lion-related issue that, presumably, will be fixed in a point update. It certainly isn't the hardware, since the 2010 models didn't exhibit this.
  3. Theophany. macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2011
    I haven't noticed choppy scrolling in Lion on my iMac.

    It could have something to do with the individual unit. Did you check with one of the Specialists in the store or try another one of the demo units?
  4. treestar macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2010
    I think it is a RAM usage issue. I notice very choppy scrolling in Safari. Emptying the cache always remedies it. Safari has been utilizing a lot of my RAM. I was hoping an update to Safari would fix things, but you mentioned you noticed the problem in iTunes. I still see the problem mainly in Safari. The main OS processes are OK. Full disclosure, I disabled animations. People with animations say they aren't as fluid.
  5. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
  6. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    This. Safari 5.1 is a RAM hog. I don't know about Chrome, but I have used Chrome Canary a bit and it seems better.
  7. IngerMan macrumors 65816


    Feb 21, 2011
    Mine is very smooth. I would guess that the demo machines are running with dozens of open apps, Apple store onsite apps, and filled with customer garbage.
  8. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Smooth as can be, go back and try again, maybe restart the demo model.
  9. dubAdub macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2011
    Bray, Ireland
  10. Yumunum macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2011
    Everything used to be miserably choppy for me. But on 10.7.1 everything is perfectly smooth. It's actually surprising how amazingly smooth it is! Buy an Air
  11. jcg878 macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2011
    I had that issue and it was maddening. Took it to the Apple Store and the tech and I figured out that it was AirDisplay. I assume they don't have that installed on demo units though, so that wouldn't be it. Mine scrolls beautifully now, Safari 5.1 or not.
  12. vladgur macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2011
    Try MenuMeters

    I also had AirDisplay use up cpu for no apparent reason -- discovered that using MenuMeters cpu graph.
    Uninstalled and cpu usage went back to normal.
    This is on MBA 2010
  13. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    I'm running Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

    All three scroll very fast, fluid and smooth.
  14. myusi macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    No issues here, and I've had mine for 3 weeks now. Smooth scrolling in all browsers, Word, Pages, Excel, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. No issues at all.
  15. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    No issues here either, my MBA13 is smokin' even with Parallels running. Blows away my 2010 MBP13.

    I'm puzzled why the OP didn't ask the Apple employees about it?
  16. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    I had this problem on my first air - it turned out to be a bad DisplayLink driver. As soon as that Beta driver was removed, it was smooth as silk again.
  17. Chipg macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2010
    My safari on my i7 Air is choppy in both lion and windows 7 so I think it's a safari problem and not a lion problem? Could also be the trackpad driver because it is smooth with a usb mouse.
  18. joec1101 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2010
    So Cal, USA
    The store was really busy (as they all are) and everyone was busy and I had to leave to be somewhere else. I am going to return when I have a little more time and talk to someone there.

    I'm glad to hear that most are not experiencing this - maybe it was just those demo units loaded down with high CPU usage.

    OK, well I think I'll get one and give it a try. I guess I can always return it if really necessary.

    Thanks for all the input...:)
  19. sloan47 macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2011
    The only time I had any sort of lagging problems was when I had DisplayPad (or AirDisplay) installed. After the system resumed from sleep it was horribly choppy. Removing the software fixed that issue. Other than that one hiccup it's buttery smooth.
  20. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    It sometimes get laggy while its loading a page, but for the most part its buttery smooth.
  21. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    In front of me, I have the 11" and the 13" airs (I'm selling one, very soon). Neither the 11" nor the 13" exhibit any lag. Both are 2011 models, obviously running Lion (11" 10.7.1 - 13" 10.7).
  22. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    My 17" MacBook Pro(2009) does this too in Lion. It also stops pinching to zoom after awhile. Anyone else have this second problem?
  23. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
  24. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    smooth like butter on 2010 MBA base model 11"

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