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New MacBook Pro -- Slow??


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First post here... treat me kindly

I got a new MacBook Pro on clearance recently -- about 2 weeks ago. It's the 15" 2.2 ghz, 2 gb RAM model. I was coming off of a 5 year old PC, so I was really hoping for some blazing speed.

So far, I've been a little disappointed. To give you an idea on how long it is taking, I'm just thinking of some examples:

To add album artwork to 10 songs in iTunes: ~15-20 seconds
To open iTunes: ~10-15 seconds
Opening GarageBand: ~90-120 seconds

Overall, it just feels like a sub-par machine. Was I expecting too much? What's a good way to measure this?
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You were expecting to much. I know because so was I. Your best bet is to do what I did and return it and get a pc with twice the power for the same price. Obviously some people like the MBP but you can get much better from Dell. Unless you have a Mac Pro your really not up to speed.
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Show me this twice as powerfull dell laptop which you think you have found?
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Try downloading a program like Onyx and running the maintenance scripts that does seem like something might be a bit fishy.
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You're expecting too much. I have a Mac Pro and it's not lightning quick. Don't get me wrong, it's a powerhouse but it still takes 10 seconds to add artwork to an album.


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the last time i checked (right before buying my mac) any dell configured to match the macbook pro's config as close as possible wound up costing pretty much the same...thats one of the reasons i go this baby coz i would rather pay this much to get a mac than a pc...

juice...having OS updates hlps a lot...so if you dont already have all necessary updates ...get them...
onyx or any such maintenace tool is always good to have...run the scrips...repair permissions...you may see some improvements...

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Howdy!

First post here... treat me kindly

I got a new MacBook Pro on clearance recently -- about 2 weeks ago. It's the 15" 2.2 ghz, 2 gb RAM model. I was coming off of a 5 year old PC, so I was really hoping for some blazing speed.

So far, I've been a little disappointed. To give you an idea on how long it is taking, I'm just thinking of some examples:

To add album artwork to 10 songs in iTunes: ~15-20 seconds
To open iTunes: ~10-15 seconds
Opening GarageBand: ~90-120 seconds

Overall, it just feels like a sub-par machine. Was I expecting too much? What's a good way to measure this?
Hang on a second here. My iTunes with a library size spanning 3 different drives with hundreds of GB of media sometimes takes quite a while to load. How much media are you dealing with here?

Adding artwork is really just running a script to edit each individual file, this can take a while depending on artwork size, etc.

Garage Band is loading many many samples upon starting, mine takes about this long to start.

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I have a 2.5 mbp and it take my Garageband about 3-4 secs to open. I would call Apple Care and go make a Genius Bar Apt before sending the machine back.
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One of the many reasons I didn't buy a Mac when I bought my laptop... I got a Dell for $1600 that is on par with a ~$2000 Macbook Pro...
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One of the many reasons I didn't buy a Mac when I bought my laptop... I got a Dell for $1600 that is on par with a ~$2000 Macbook Pro...
What does that have to do this thread? A similar spec Dell will run the same as an Apple.


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I'm on the same machine (2.2, 2gig, MBP), and Garageband just opened in 6 seconds.

Something in wrong with yer laptop. Get to an Apple Store!
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One of the many reasons I didn't buy a Mac when I bought my laptop... I got a Dell for $1600 that is on par with a ~$2000 Macbook Pro...
To be a bit O/T:
Oh really? Which one? How much does it weight? How long do the batteries last? Cause benig Wintel user till recently I've spent 2 months trying to find pa Wintel machine that would match MBP (in performance AND screen size AND weight AND battery life) and I just couldnt (price was not one of the ciriteria) ...
So?
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One of the many reasons I didn't buy a Mac when I bought my laptop... I got a Dell for $1600 that is on par with a ~$2000 Macbook Pro...
But with the MBP, although it's a tad more costlier, you get ease-of-use, a more superior software and OS, and no more sleepless nights

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First of all, sounds like your MBP probably has a 5400RPM hard drive. If your PC was a desktop, it probably had a 7200 RPM hard drive. Some of the programs will only open as fast as that hard drive will spin to access them.

Order a Dell Desktop and see what happens with Vista. My brother has the 13" (maybe 14") XPS laptop with Vista and it was a Joke. The thing was so buggy, he ended up putting Linux on the machine. I too have priced out both an MBP and Dell XPS laptop with similar specs and they were very similar in price, the Dell might have even been a little more expensive.

I have 2 laptops at work, a maxed out pre-recent refresh MBP and a Dell Latitude with similar specs. Well, the Dell can only utilize 3GB out of the 4GB of RAM I installed in it because XP will only recognize that much. In comparison, the MBP smokes the Dell. The Dell's Hard Drive is 5400 RPM vs. 7200RPM. and the processor is a little slower. Even simple things like browsing the internet is ridiculously faster off the same connection.

I hated Macs for ever, and always though PCs would get me by. After all the stuff I have been hearing about Vista, being tired of dealing with Windows, and my positive experience with the Mac at work, I ordered my own personally and made the switch. (It should be here tomorrow!)
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