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 Post subject: Old MacBook is slow :(
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 6:52 am 
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Help! I have a 2010 MacBook running El Capitan, 500GB disk with 160GB free. IT IS SO SLOW. IT IS PAINFULLY SLOW. I have never suffered from such a slow computer in my life! How can I fix it? ...My normal Mac solution is to free up space, but I have a lot of free space right now. Buying a new laptop isn't an option until I am employed. :( RAM is only 4GB, but I am not trying to do amazing anything here, just have gmail open in Chrome and use a text editor to do boring text editing.

...As a metaphorical comparison, the slowness reminds me of when I would have to run the disk utility/defragmenter on Windows, or terrible virus attacks (which would mean re-booting Windows). :( :(

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 Post subject: Re: Old MacBook is slow :(
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Was it slow before you installed El Capitan?

My all purpose computer troubleshooting route is to backup and nuke it all and start fresh. That's probably drastic, but I've found it generally saves time and aggravation.

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lavawitch wrote:
Was it slow before you installed El Capitan?

My all purpose computer troubleshooting route is to backup and nuke it all and start fresh. That's probably drastic, but I've found it generally saves time and aggravation.


Nope! Performance improved in El Capitan, whenever that happened. It slowed down significantly since I defended my PhD in January. So, instead of running fancy stats programs which eat all the things, all the time (or massive docs in Word or Pages), I am now lightly internetting and text editing in Text Edit. I do not get it! ..Perhaps it is protesting?

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lutin wrote:
run the disk utility/defragmenter on Windows,


Have you run the disk permissions utility?

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PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 3:17 pm 
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I need to get in on this info too, I have an old-ish macbook pro (maybe 2009 or 10, I forget) and I get the rainbow scroll wheel a lot, and things freeze also. I've heard from other people that mac's tend to really have quite the shelf-life, and they reach a certain point and then are useless. But that seems odd to me, like, is there not even a part that could be replaced for a reasonable fee that would help? I will definitely try ~Sz's suggestion.

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 Post subject: Re: Old MacBook is slow :(
PostPosted: Mon May 09, 2016 4:00 pm 
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You could install more memory (if it's possible on that model), change out the hard drive for an ssd (probably possible?), or revert the OS (which takes some doing--Apple is pretty aggressive in the planned obsolescence game).

Or, yeah, install an alternate OS. Chromium OS (the open source version of Chrome OS) is probably your best bet for your needs (basically, you need a browser), and packages like Neverware are available for relatively easily installation, with support for dual booting. But that all depends on how comfortable you are with mucking around with that stuff.

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 Post subject: Re: Old MacBook is slow :(
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Hey I noticed there was an El Capitan update, have you tried that yet?

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 Post subject: Re: Old MacBook is slow :(
PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 9:56 am 
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I had the exact same problem with my 2010 Mac Pro. I upgraded to el capitan last fall and it was better initially, then my computer got slower and slower. I eventually took it in and discovered that my hard drive was going. I replaced the hard drive and reinstalled everything and now it's working fine. Make sure you have done a backup, and verify that the back up is good. I didn't know about this and it was when restoring my files that I discovered that my last 6 months of backups were no good. Luckily I had copies of my photos on sd cards so I only lost a few.


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