Why the sluggish behavior?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mmmtastybusch, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. mmmtastybusch macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2011
    Hola everyone. I just bought a new Macbook Air a couple of weeks ago. I spent the extra money to max it out- i7 processor, 8GB ram, 500GB HD... I'm a graphic designer, travel blogger and a musician so I want it to be able to handle all of my programs- Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, iMovie and Logic being the most frequently used.

    Here's the thing. It usually has no problems running the design programs. (Photoshop is ran along with whatever else I'm doing- tons of browser windows, Illustrator open as well sometimes, etc.) But Logic seems to give the whole computer a brainfart at times. It did this the other day now it's doing it again:

    I tried to open so I could listen to some files from a show last night and it's turned into turtle speed. I have all other programs closed (even ended them in the Force Quit Applications window) except for Facebook. I open Logic and it's just spinwheel, spinwheel, spinwheel forever and when I'm scrolling through Facebook it stops on any video (because of that autoplay feature they have) and freezes: spinwheel, spinwheel, spinwheel.

    Thing is, now I've quit Logic, the ONLY application that is open on my Macbook is Chrome with Macrumors and Facebook both open and it is STILL doing it. Freezing for about 20 seconds as I scroll every time it comes to any kind of video.

    Am I missing something? With that much RAM and processing power I should be able to run 50 Facebook windows if I want, right? Is this the downfall to SSD Drives?

    I know Logic is a power-hungry application compared to Adobe's design programs that I use. But this seems crazy. Should I be running it off of an external drive similar to Pro Tools requirements? Or is there a better way to fix this issue?

    I'm new to Mac and to Logic for that matter (VERY happily switched from Pro Tools), so I'm not being a smartass, I'm legitimately clueless. :( Looking for answers, not flaming. haha
  2. rrl macrumors 6502


    Jul 27, 2009
    Sorry to hear that, but I'm guessing there has to be a simple fix becuase I'm running Logic Pro 9 under Mavericks on a maxed out 2010 11" MBA (C2D) with no problems.
  3. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    Bring up Applications -> Utilities -> Activity Monitor

    Select View across the top Apple menu bar, select All Processes.

    Select CPU across the top bar of Activity Monitor, click the "%CPU" column header to sort (click the column header a couple of times to be sure the top offender is in fact at the top), then check what may be consuming your processor.

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