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  1. #1

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    Jan 27, 2013
    Unhappy Appreciable Slowdown of my Macbook
    I have a Macbook with following specs:

    HD 159 GB
    Currently available: 16.5 GB
    OS X Version 10.8.4 (Mountain Lion)
    Memory 2 GB
    Processor 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    I recently upgraded from V. 10.6 to v. 10.8.4 Mountain Lion

    My operating speed has reduced significantly - whenever I want to open an application or even a file, I get the multi-coloured revolving circle, and it takes some time for a positive response.

    This slow-down seems to have followed the upgrading of my operating system - not sure if it's just a co-incidence and there's some other problem lurking.

    From the specs I've given above, is the slowdown due to extra strain on my system caused by installation of Mountain Lion? Do I now have insufficient Memory or HD capacity?

    I am in the process of going through my files to delete as much unnecessary items as possible and increase available space on my HD, but not sure if this is the answer.(I am using Secure Empty Trash when clearing out deleted files from Trash)

    Any suggestions or solutions for my problem will be highly appreciated

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    mrplow's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 01, 2007
    27" iMac i7 (2011) 10.10, iPhone6, iPad Air 2, AppleTV2
    You're on the edge there. But with a few tweaks it'll run Mountain Lion just fine.

    As a rule you want to keep 10% free disk space as a minimum.

    I'd look to getting 4gb of RAM. That's going to help a lot.

    Once you've cleared out some space from your own data/documents grab Onyx and run everything on the automation tab. Once that's complete reboot and reset your PRAM.
    External hard disk acquisition addict - but admitting the problem is the first step to a robust backup

    Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - top right of this post

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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11
    And some of us say 15% minimum. Suggest installing a larger hard drive of say 500GB, pop the current drive in an external case and use for you backups via Time Machine or cloning software. And of course more memory.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    Good advice in the previous replies. While Mountain Lion is a great version of OS X, older machines like yours will run better with Snow Leopard. As pointed out, a larger and faster hard drive and more memory will get you back up to speed.

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