My Macbook pro is going down the crapper

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  1. teep

    teep New Member

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    I have the older macbook pro and I've taken good care of it over the past couple years, but it seems like that hasn't mattered. I've always had a pc so I'm not exactly sure what I could do to fix it. Things just don't load as fast as they used to and firefox and safari freeze more than they should. My battery lasts all of 5 minutes, but I'm guessing for that I just need to buy a new battery. Any suggestions? Maybe i need to run some sort of virus scan?
     
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    new battery + format maybe
     
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    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    add some memory
    do permissions repairs
    reset safari
    make sure you have the new version of firefox

    :dunno:
     
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    quid I Piss Excellence OT Supporter

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    how old is older?

    what version of os x are you on?
     
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    I'm not sure what you've done, but backup your stuff and reformat. My g5 started slowing down last year and I think it was due to the amount of upgrades/installs I did on it (I installed a lot of programs and uninstalled a lot too) and afterwards it was like a brand new machine.

    I know that isn't the best solution, but if you don't take care of the machine this is the only way to fix it.
     
  6. teep

    teep New Member

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    i think i got it around december 07. i have leopard on it.


    i think i'll buy an external hard drive and just reformat once i back up all my stuff. thanks.
     
  7. quid

    quid I Piss Excellence OT Supporter

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    a reformat would certainly help, a faster hdd or more ram is another thing to consider, rather than just a new external.

    for ~$100 at newegg you can score a 7200 rpm drive and external box for your current drive.

    WD 320gb @ 7200rpm, $79.99 (i use seagate, but this one is on free shipping)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136280

    Vantec box $17 (this is the exact one i use, there are probably cheaper ones but i can only recommend this one)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817392019


    the 7200 drive in my mini noticeably sped up my computer. and if youre planning to buy a drive anyway...
     
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  8. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    yeah I have a c1d mbp and it's beeb acting a little sluggish lately.
     
  9. percent

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    If you are running less than 2gb of ram, i think a ram upgrade would give you the best performance boost. But a reformat is def due as well.
     
  10. ProgWRX

    ProgWRX Citizen Dildo

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    im kinda in the same boat but im more pissed about the battery thing. im running a jan of 07 MBP. 2.16ghz core 2duo, 2gb of ram, etc.
    thing killed the battery in about a year... i waited a long time to replace it since i use it a lot on AC but now i finally replaced the battery with a stock new one and its only been one cycle and it already says 98% health!

    wtf batteries?
     
  11. JediMasterMatt

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    Are you letting the new battery drain all the way or running with it on AC?
     
  12. ProgWRX

    ProgWRX Citizen Dildo

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    mixed... its ridiculous that i cant do mixed usage when it was fine with all my previous, older, pc laptops
     
  13. itwasntme

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    2 years is "old" for a battery. Mac laptop batteries are shit.
     
  14. mobbarley

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    more like wtf you.

    The health is calculated on the fly as the battery charges and discharges, it needs more than one cycle to be properly gauged - this is also true for the chemistry of battery as most battery types get 'broken in' on their first few uses. It also varies with charging temps etc and can go up as well as down. 2% also equates to 2-5 minutes so its hardly a big deal even if that is its new capacity.
     

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