How come my MacBook is running so slow?

by on November 30, 2009

Q: I have a MacBook OS X Version 10.6 with a 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 1 GB memory that I bought a little over a year ago.

My computer sometimes runs so slowly that I think I am in danger of getting so frustrated I throw the thing out the window. What gives? It also tells me that my memory is almost full. How is this possible? I’m not saving movies on this thing; I only save documents, pictures, and a Bento database. I installed snow leopard thinking this might help; it told me there wasn’t enough memory. I moved all my photos to an external hard drive to make room. Now things are a little better, but sometimes opening a program takes ages–especially if I have a program already open.

Shouldn’t my computer be able to handle having iTunes, Word, Safari and Entourage open at the same time? If I need more memory, I’ll buy it. I’m just wondering if there’s some other problem going on. Would love your help. Thanks so much!

One Response to “How come my MacBook is running so slow?”

    As your computer hard drive fills up things will slow down. The first thing you should do is look at how full your hard drive is. The easiest way to do this is to go into the Finder and then right click (ctrl + click) on “Macintosh HD”. From there select “Get Info”.

    From here you will see a lot of data related to hard your hard drive and you want to look at Capacity and Available. If you are using up more than say 70% of your hard drive then that is going to be part of your problem.

    The next part is the 1 GB of ram. I know it sounds like a lot but it really is not these days. Since your MacBook is still really new, ie the newer ones are not that much faster, I would highly suggest you go at least to 2 GB of ram if not 4 GB of RAM if your system can support it. It will cost you a few hundred dollars to do the 4 GB RAM upgrade but as long as you are planning on using the computer for another 3 or so years then it will be well worth it.