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Old May 21st, 2012, 07:20 PM   #1
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OS X 10.5.8, why so slow?

How can I make my machine run faster? The heaviest applications I have outside of the usual ones it comes with is MS Office. I've got smaller things but nothing huge like Ableton, Photoshop, etc.
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Old May 21st, 2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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You're not giving us much to work with.

How about some system specs?
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Old May 21st, 2012, 07:48 PM   #3
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You're not giving us much to work with.

How about some system specs?
HARDWARE:
Model Name: MacBook
Model Identifier: MacBook3,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 1 GB

MEMORY:
Size: 512 MB
Type: DDR2 SDRAM
Speed: 667 MHz

Is this enough?
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Old May 21st, 2012, 08:09 PM   #4
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How much free space on the hard drive?
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Old May 21st, 2012, 08:13 PM   #5
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Needs more RAM
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Old May 21st, 2012, 08:42 PM   #6
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How much free space on the hard drive?
about 60GB free out of about 150GB
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Old May 21st, 2012, 08:42 PM   #7
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Needs more RAM
How much more and what's the cheapest way to buy it?
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Old May 21st, 2012, 09:16 PM   #8
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I'd boost the MacBook up to 4GB of RAM if it were me. Should be around $60 to 75 depending on what shops you have locally and could be done cheaper online.

You would need 2 sticks of 2GB.
Your machine needs:
200-pin PC2-5300 (667 MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM

The max apple says it can take is 4GB (2 sticks of 2GB) but it apparently can 6GB ( 1 stick of 2GB, 1 stick of 4GB) however that can be difficult since 4 GB sticks are hard to come by for what you need.


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Old May 21st, 2012, 09:17 PM   #9
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Hard disk free space looks OK.

More RAM is always better. Check out canadaram.com.

This advice from another thread about essentially the same problem has been shown to help many folk (http://www.ehmac.ca/mac-ipod-help-tr...ml#post1193155)
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I note that you do not mention running OnyX on your machine. I run it every few weeks to keep mine in tune. Download the proper version of OnyX for your OS here:

Titanium's Software Download

Launch it and allow it to run the two disk checks that open automatically when the app launches, the select "Automation" with the small green hammer icon and run the default set of checks. It will very likely improve the performance of your laptop.
A nuke and pave clean install of a fresh copy of the OS and all application has been shown to refresh a system.
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 12:00 AM   #10
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As suggested, 1 GB RAM is really almost the basic suggested minimum for running Leopard 10.5.x and the absolute minimum just for a basic SL 10.6.x install.

In the interim, try shutting down your Mac, wait 30 seconds of so and boot up using Safe Boot Mode by holding down the shift key until you see the spinning gear wheel.

Then run Disk Utility and repair permissions and verify disk.

If you get pages and pages of repair permissions, do the repair permissions maybe at leat two or thre moormr time.

It may take a while depending on various stuff, and then finally just restart normally and see if things have improved.

Then order and get at least 4GB RAM installed, but that Mac can use 6 GB RAM if you want.

For full specs see: Lookup Mac Specs By Serial Number, Order, Model & EMC Number, Model ID @ EveryMac.com


Edit: check out the canadaram site and check his note:
"Macintosh intel MacBook Core2Duo 1.83, 2.0 and 2.16 GHz - MacBook2,1 black and white
Two sockets, can take 1 x 1 Gb + 1 x 2 Gb for 3 Gb total. With 2 x 2 Gb, 3.0 Gb is usable by the OS but you get Dual Channel memory access for a 6% - 8% speed improvement"
Canada RAM sells memory in Canada - Apple MacBook Intel CoreDuo and Core2Duo SantaRosa and Penryn

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