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June 18, 2010 9:44 PM Subscribe
Why is my MacBook Pro so laggy, and how can I keep my new MacBook Pro from being the same way?
posted by escabeche to Computers & Internet (23 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Using a 17" MacBook Pro with 10.6.2, 2GB RAM. A little over three years old. Over time the machine has gotten steadily more laggy: for the last six months ago it's been beachballing enough to be consistently annoying. E.G: iPhoto takes a long time to open, and when I want to quit, I have to click on iPhoto in the menu bar and wait 10-20 seconds for the pull-down bar to appear. Often dragging a window on the screen takes a long time (seconds, not minutes) to register. Activity Monitor shows CPU 71% idle.
Possible reasons: I tend to keep a reasonably large number of applications open (iCal, Firefox, Mail, TeXShop, iCal, iTunes, Things, and Adobe Reader open just about all the time, with 8-15 tabs in Firefox.) I also have only about 5GB of hard drive space free.
I'm planning to buy a new MacBook Pro soon, and I want to keep it nice and snappy. Will moving to a new machine with a much larger hard drive solve the problem? Does it matter in this respect if I spring for the solid-state drive? More RAM? Am I going to have to train myself to close up iCal, iTunes, Mail, etc. when I'm not actually using them?