Why is my MacBook so slow and will downgrading to Snow Leopard help?
August 16, 2013 11:38 AM Subscribe
(Late 2008 Aluminum Unibody MacBook. Currently running Mountain Lion. 2GHz C2D, 2GB 1067 DDR3.)
Over the past year or so, it's been slowing down significantly. I'm getting lockups, especially with web browsers (I use Chrome most of the time, Safari on occasion) where I get the pinwheel for quite a while. It takes a decently long time to boot up. And when I open it up, it usually takes a minute or so to fully exit sleep mode and become usable again.
posted by Modica to computers & internet (27 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
The only part of the problem I know for sure is that my 2GB of RAM is not quite enough. But it was not this bad in the past. I'm wondering if the HDD is failing but I'm not sure how to check if that's the issue. I'm also wondering if going back to Snow Leopard would help performance but I've gotten some mixed information, folks saying Snow Leopard is about the same, in terms of snappiness and performance, as Mountain Lion.
It also runs very hot a lot of the time, even when I'm not doing much. When reading PDFs in Preview, the fans will kick way up and the computer will become way too hot to use comfortably on a lap. I don't know what that means.
What say you!