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Posted: 1/18/2015 2:42:43 PM EST
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Upgrade memory? or install windows? wipe it and reinstall OSX?
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Run Disk Utility under applications. Verify Disk and Verify permissions. Chances are, your HD is corrupt. It happens to my wife's Macbook pro 13" (Mid 2010, I think) about every 6 months.

THIS is on sale at amazon. Ironically, I JUST ordered it and 8 gig of ram from crucial. Hopefully, a minor investment will keep me from having to buy her a new mac air....
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If you can, install and SSD. It'll speed things up a ton. You have almost a gig of free ram, I think an SSD would help even more than extra ram. More ram would be my second option.
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How fully is e hard drive? That's about the only thing that will cause time based performance issues.

Also, create a test user account and see if it's faster in the new user. If so clear our your cache
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Originally Posted By medicmandan:
HD is at 40%. I'll try the other user test.
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At 40% this is not your issue.

What exactly is running slow or where have you noticed the biggest performance hit?
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Originally Posted By medicmandan:
Simple things get bogged down like clicking on a link or opening an app. It may freeze up the computer for 30 seconds. Opening MS Word, Excel or iTunes can take 60-90 seconds. I see the spiny rainbow thing all the time.

Firefox is using up the bulk of my ram with just a few tabs open.
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Browsers in general, Firefox in specific are memory hogs. .
MS Office apps take a long time to open, due to loading their "special" font menus.

With iTunes, how many songs you got in your library?
Noticing anything when switching apps? What about start up?

The way OS X assigns memory, I wouldn't worry about what activity monitor shows. Your not reaching optimum usage until all the available ram is used and there is some memory compression going on. This is what "memory pressure" shows in activity monitor.
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Discussion on how mac uses cpu and memory

mac memory

I put a 500gb ssd in my 2010 mac book pro. The issue is getting trim enabled in yosemite. There is an article and software via cindori.

Any macbook within a couple years old should support up to 16gb ram. The crucial website can help you sort out how much memory your machine can support and the right memory specs.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:48:05 PM EST
How many apps do you have on your computer? How many "things" are you trying to run at the same time?

I've usually found that when I'm "getting slow" it's due to having too many things open at the same time.
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Originally Posted By medicmandan:
It's only a couple of years old but the last two months it's been really dragging. Had to dump Chrome because Chromehelper was taking up 90% of my ram. Firefox is currently sucking 2.5GB of memory with just a few tabs open. I've got flash content blocked. Kernal task and login window are taking another .75GB.

I run AVG cleaner and antivirus regularly.

2.8Ghz Intel I7
4GB memory
Yosemite OS
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I have 8GB on my ooooold ass macbook, it's user expandable.

Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:05:22 PM EST
Does safari behave the same way?
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Your memory pressure is green, so not a problem. I'd bet all the AVG stuff is screening everything and slowing your system way down.
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Don't use safari often, it doesn't play well with most of my work applications.
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Does safari behave the same way?



Don't use safari often, it doesn't play well with most of my work applications.
Try it and see. I'd be curious too know.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 7:18:56 PM EST
I think the crucial 8 gb set is still $70 ish on amazon...
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 7:40:19 PM EST
Retina or non-Retina Macbook?

How long have you been on Yosemite? Did you upgrade or do a fresh reinstall? Problem seem to start occurring after the upgrade (if applicable)? I have noticed Yosemite itself is a huge RAM hog compared to previous versions. Upgrades seem to cause more quirky issues like yours than a reinstall from scratch.
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Originally Posted By medicmandan:
Simple things get bogged down like clicking on a link or opening an app. It may freeze up the computer for 30 seconds. Opening MS Word, Excel or iTunes can take 60-90 seconds. I see the spiny rainbow thing all the time.

Firefox is using up the bulk of my ram with just a few tabs open.
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Mine started acting this way after installing yosemite.
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Mine started acting this way after installing yosemite.
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Originally Posted By medicmandan:
Simple things get bogged down like clicking on a link or opening an app. It may freeze up the computer for 30 seconds. Opening MS Word, Excel or iTunes can take 60-90 seconds. I see the spiny rainbow thing all the time.

Firefox is using up the bulk of my ram with just a few tabs open.


Mine started acting this way after installing yosemite.


Been noticed by others, too.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 8:10:51 PM EST
I'm running a 2010-ish MacBook- went to buy a newer one and decided against it. With an 8GB upgrade and SSD- it's damn quick. I'm not using it for anything that requires massive processor use, but it's damn quick for porn, legit web surfing, email and streaming video etc. I stopped using my iPad because the macbook now boots so damned fast.
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If you want IM me your email address, I have a way we can take a closer look at the system as a whole.
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Originally Posted By medicmandan:
I did an upgrade to Yosemite.

I deleted AVG so hopefully that helps. I'll also pick up so more ram. Looks like I can go up to 16GB.
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Which model MBP do you have? Just make sure before you buy any more RAM your Mac is user upgrade-able. Newer ones aren't.
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