Why is my macbook running slow?
January 13, 2007 3:32 PM Subscribe
Why is my new Mac acting so slow, and what can I do to fix it?
posted by stresstwig to computers & internet (27 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've been a lifelong pc user, and I know windows like the back of my hand. I know where to go and what to do when experiencing problems and am usually the go-to guy.
But of course, I recently bought a macbook (the original low-end white model) and out of the box, it was quick to boot up, quick to start programs, and everything, even with only 512 megs of ram (I plan on upgrading soon, but this really shouldn't have anything to do with the amount of ram).
Now, after use, I find start up is slowing down immensely; the desktop icons, the menu bar at the top and then the far right icons (power, airport, battery) all appear at different times during the startup of my computer. In addition to this, basic programs which used to start immediately are now occasionally beachballing, while the dock icon will bounce for what feels like eons until the program begins and finally renders the entirety of the window. I still have at least 20 gigs of harddrive space available, and I know I should get more ram, but it's not like the computer has always been slow. What sort of things should I look out for as the reasoning for this, and what can I do to fix it?