Upgrade to OSX Maverick Slowing Down Macbook Performance

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by r4v!n, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. r4v!n, Sep 20, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2013

    r4v!n macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2013

    I have a Macbook (Final Generation) (white) running OSX 10.6.8 - Snow leopard.

    I want to know whether upgrading to OSX Maverick will slow my macbooks overall performance down?

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.26 GHz
    Memory: 2 GB
    Hard Disk: 250 GB
  2. nyolc8 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2012
    I think yes, it will be slower, mainly because of the 2GB RAM. It would be better with 4GB.
  3. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    I would certainly put more RAM in it, even for 10.6.

    Otherwise, Mvxs should not significantly reduce the performance of the machine. It may even increase it slightly.
  4. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    It's knee-jerk comments like this that crack me up. Where do you guys come up with this stuff? :) Based on what we've been told, 10.9 should technically be better at handling memory than any other previous release:

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  5. GizmoDVD macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2008
    It's a 5 year old Macbook.

    It need more RAM.
  6. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    What does that have to do with the question asked?
  7. GizmoDVD macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2008
    Old Mac.

    Needs more RAM.
  8. 8CoreWhore, Sep 21, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2013

    8CoreWhore macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
    For each year your computer is you should have 1.72GB of RAM. Now, if you really want to be fancy, you can use the flipopolopous formula and just divide 7 by 3.2 for every 11 months. Another trick for the daring, is to simply set your system date back to 1992, and put your screen brightness at 64 percent. :p

    Seriously, though… doubling your RAM will make your MB a lot better over all.
  9. GlendaP macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2013
    Speed up Macbook pro

    Below are some tips to speed MAc:-

    - Defrag your Hard Disk
    - Uninstall Junk Stuff Installed by Free Programs
    - Delete User Preferences
    - Clear your Cache
    - Disable Startup Items
    - Empty the Trash Folder Regularly

  10. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    All of those might be appropriate for a Windows machine, but they aren't really applicable to Macs, despite the quoted source. For example, Mac OS defrags in the background. Junk software doesn't do anything unless it's running, which it probably isn't. Preferences don't have anything to do with performance. Caches actually make the machine faster. Startup items don't exist (your Startup Items folder is probably already empty), and files in the trash just sit there doing nothing.
  11. Synaesthesia242 macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    ^Yeah just have some free hard drive space for the Mac to auto-defrag with. A really full HDD will slow your Mac somewhat. But yeah it pretty much takes care of itself.

    With time the hard drive can degrade in performance, particularly if it’s on it’s way out. In addition to extra RAM, buying an SSD makes an enormous difference in performance.
  12. Miltz macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2013
    New York
    Your system should run much better with Mavericks with the same amount of RAM. I would def upgrade.
  13. TPadden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    Finally an answer to the question. He didn't ask if he bought air conditioning and a new car would his Mac run faster.

    Forget the memory (pun intended); Mac's always run faster when mounted on a wooden fencepost :D!

  14. r4v!n thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2013
    Big help

    I appreciate the input guys.
    Maverick specs do claim to make any system more faster because of that memory sleep thing (spoken about on WWDC 2013, don't remember what its actually called).
    But regardless, i'll upgrade the RAM, which is surely needed.
    Thank you.

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