When did you realize that your Mac just wasn't up to par anymore?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by luminosity, May 31, 2009.

  1. luminosity macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    I love my MacBook Pro. Its just a bit over two years old (October 2006 C2D revision) and has done a lot for me. I've taken it to work just about every day for the past couple school years (I work at a school), and has basically helped me earn some kind of living. I've also gotten into photography, and that's where its age is starting to show. It just can't handle RAW files from my D300 too well, and that's after doing an erase and install of Leopard (a new upgrade for me from Tiger).

    I suppose I had to know this time would come, but I know my MBP isn't a very powerful laptop by today's standards. When did you first realize that your laptop or desktop was showing its age?
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    when itunes requires more than your computer has spec wise lol

    i wisll say my first gen mb is still fine for me for most taks i do though
  3. Dagless Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    For Mac usage, never. I'd still be using my 2004 PowerBook if I could run XP on it (properly, not emulated). But I feel the pinch of Apples shortsighted GPU decisions every day when I play Left4Dead or Team Fortress 2.

    So thats kind of odd.
  4. messedkid macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2007
    Oshawa, ON
    Apart from pieces of my wristpad falling off and screen flickering of my 2006 Macbook Core Duo, I still find it in top working condition.
    I'm going to wait and see what Snow Leopard holds, to decide if I buy a new mac or not. If Snow Leopard still functions, and provides me with many, if not all benefits it has to offer my Core Duo, then I'll stick with it stops working all together.
    I'm going to get the wristpad fixed (I hear apple does it for free :D), and see where it takes me.

    Now my old (2004) Dell Dimension 3000 has seen better days. 512mb RAM, 80gb HDD, 2.8GHz P4 running XP Pro SP3.
    DVD drive wouldn't read DVDs anymore, and wouldn't eject CDs or DVDs for a long time. Replaced it with a DVD drive I got out of a scrapped PC at work. No AGP nor PCIe..sporting a PCI graphic card, which cost 60 euro, and can't even run WoW at more than 20 fps. Seriously!!!:mad:
    We're moving to Vancouver (from Germany) in 6 weeks, and don't feel like buying one here, so get back to me in 6-8 weeks to see what kind of PC I'm getting. ;)
  5. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    My 733MHz G4 Quicksilver is really beginning to show it's age (7 1/2 years) now. YouTube videos make it slow to a crawl... but it still copes with iTunes and Safari which is all that it's asked to do these days...
  6. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    When the unibody MacBooks came out and I couldn't stop drooling. ;)

    No, really, it was about four months ago when I started seeing that damned beachball more and more often while doing the same multitasking I'd always done. I've been maxed out on RAM and hard drive space for years, so I'm getting a new MacBook this summer.
  7. zami macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2003
    South London

    Well, my 2005 Revision A dual-core MacMini is on it's second HD and third :eek: optical drive. It really struggles with minor video encoding but it's served me well and I hope to get another couple of years out of it.
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    2005? wow lol. methinks you have your year wrong
  9. remmy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2007
    Doing more advanced photoshop on a ibook. The screen was too small as well.
  10. shaunymac macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    The iTunes minimum spec is a definite give away. Haha

    I can handle files on my 2.4 MBP just fine. Multiple ones at that. I still haven't touched the ram. I am a cheapskate. Everytime I go to newegg and put the ram in the basket I fail to checkout. I tell myself, "just wait another week or so and it will be cheaper." Well, I have done that for a year or so. I guess it is cheaper by now.

    I am acutally sitting in front of my old 12" ibook right now. I miss it at times. I gave it to my mom for Christmas bc it became useless for me. She uses it for email, safari, iphoto, and that's pretty much it. I maxed out the ram and put a 7200rpm drive in it about 2 years ago. I rarely see the beach ball. Oh, and it runs leopard fine. It is not built as well as my 12" powerbook but it is still nice to have in the family.

    I think I'll head to newegg to see what the price is on my ram. :D
  11. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2006
    I'll let you know when my PowerBook starts showing it's age

  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Sometime around the time Apple replaced it. :p
    But really, something must be wrong because I would say my PowerBook 1.67ghz doesn't handle my D300 files well but it does handle them. Takes close to 45-60 seconds to open each NEF file.
  13. luminosity thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    That sounds just like mine. Took almost ten minutes to download about 25 14-bit NEF files yesterday. It doesn't take anything close to that long on my girlfriend's much newer PC.
  14. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    Both my eMac and my iBook are doing just great for me, they are still very much up to par with my needs. :D

    But I remember when I just had my 800 MHz iBook G3. I realized that thing couldn't handle my needs when the GPU started to freak out on me every 30 minutes. :rolleyes:
  15. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    Same here. My powerbook is 4 years and counting. I'm still living in the dark ages with only 1 gig of ram.
  16. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    when i bought a G5 and watched it render video much faster than my G4 and then I bought my mac pro and it did the same to the G5.

    and yes, I would LOVE to have a new MP, but not just yet.

    other than that, the machines all work wonderfully still.
  17. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    My original Lime G3 iMac started to really painfully show its age around its fourth year mark, when I had two external hard drives that were each 8 times the size of its stock hard drive...my laptops since then have either been stolen or destroyed before their time.
  18. northy124 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2007
    Since I installed Safari Beta 4, makes the damn thing beach ball far to much :(
  19. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    i feel mine is showing its age. A lot of times i get the spinning rainbow....
    But for browsing the web it still does it job.
  20. wywern209 macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    well, my dad's imac isn't showing its age yet, but we need 4gb of ram in there. its only got 2gb. and he does photoshop work and i work with HD vid files. so 4gb asap. but on the other hand, my P4 dell pc. its def showing its age. its pushing it when it 5+ yrs old. chnaces are, this thing is gonna diea natural death and by then, im gonna be in college. hopwfully w/ a macbook/ pro.
  21. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    Oddly, I get the beach ball while web browsing more than doing anything else. Hulu and YouTube kill my Powerbook. Oh wait, that's because Flash utterly sucks on OSX.
  22. cycocelica macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    Redmond, WA
    Today, when my airport card in my 15" PB stopped working properly and I can't get a good internet connection when I sit right by the modem. And my CD/DVD drive doesn't work anymore. Granted my PB is 4 years old, might be time to buy a new Mac.
  23. zephead macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2006
    in your pants
    Let's see, it was probably a couple of months ago that I started noticing that my Mac is going down the drain.

    I think the GMA950 on my first-gen MacBook is going bad. Scrolling around with Safari 3 on the lightest of websites (i.e. MR, craigslist, Wikipedia), using Exposé or the Dashboard (with an okay amount of widgets) apparently heats up the computer to about 130-140F (51-60C) and that causes the screen to refresh itself only about twice a second while everything moves like molasses. It even does that on a clean install of Tiger on a separate HDD.

    The weird thing is that it never beachballs on me. Everything still processes just fine, it's just that it apparently has trouble displaying what's going on. :(

    And don't even get me started on any kind of video playback without the fans running on full blast.
  24. beg_ne macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2003
    Whenever Apple releases something new that makes it so you can't stop drooling!

    My typical upgrade cycle is every 18/24 months which seems to work out well.

    My next upgrade I'm looking forward to something that is a gen or two newer than Nehalem in notebook form, has SATA 3.0 and an SSD drive that can make use of it. I'll probably get a MBP instead of a MB as well.
  25. Mr. lax macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2007
    Mine has started recently... Only 2 years old, but i think its time for more ram and maybe a re-install of (Snow) Leopard. I used to be able to run 10 things at a time, but since then my iTunes library has more than doubled, now iTunes, Coversutra, +1 makes it stutter when the song changes :(

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