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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow

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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow
    First off let me say sorry for posting before doing a thorough search. I tried searching several times and it kept bringing me to a blank page. So I will be more than happy if all you do is point me to a previous post if you feel it is applicable.

    My computer is running slower and slower by the day. I would say it takes around 2 minutes from the time I hit the power button to the time that the OS is fully loaded and I am able to start using applications. It could be closer to 3 minutes though, I have never timed it. It takes another 30-45 seconds from the time I click on Firefox for example to the time that I am actually able to start using it. Most of that time is spent just watching a bouncing fox and a beach ball. Parallels 5 isn't of much use anymore either. When I first installed Windows 7 under Parallels it didn't run so hot but once I upgraded to a full 4GB of RAM it ran great. This was about 10 months ago and it is practically useless now. I have a 250GB HDD which is only 3/5 full so I don't think that could be a problem. I have run all the disk utilities that I could think of. I checked it for data errors and it found a few but fixed them. SMART says everything looks good and I also fixed all the permissions (btw what the **** kind of problem is that? Who is messing with my permissions?) but it is still really slow. I used Onyx to clear all the caches along with just about every other process Onyx is capable of doing. Right now I am running Memtest in single user mode for the second time but it didn't find any errors the first time so I doubt it will this time. I don't know where else to look. Can anyone suggest anything?

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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow
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    Running any kind of AV program and a clustered up desktop will slow things down also
    if you shut it down instead of letting it sleep periodically it can't run maintenance scripts correctly.

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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow

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    What do you mean "shut it down instead of letting it sleep periodically?" Why can't I do both? This machine gets plenty of time to sleep. Several hours a day I would say. I don't use any kind of AV program and I have exactly two folders on my Desktop. That's it.

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    I'm guessing it's a HDD issue. From the sound of it, it could be just that your HDD is getting way full...or it's failing. Time to back up your stuff if you haven't already.
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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow

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    According to the sticky at the top of this forum, that is almost never required. I would like to think Apple did a little better job on Snow Leopard than that. I have a desktop with Windows XP installed on it that has never crashed, never had a virus and never even seen any anti-virus software. I beat the **** out of that thing and it's never taken me more than a few hours to get that thing back to normal when something starts to slow it down. I'll have to disagree with all the "OS X is better than Windows" talk (for now). Hopefully someone who knows what they are doing can reform me :-)

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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow

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    Apple did a great job with Snow Leopard, and this has nothing to do with the OS.
    Could be corrupt files on your HD, a near full HD, or the RAM.
    We know it's not a full HD since you say you have 100GB free space.
    I would try setting up a new user account and seeing if that plays nice just to rule out your user account.
    Back up your data.
    Now, start off by booting off your install disc, going to utilities/disc utilities in the menu bar after selecting the language and verify and repair the disc.

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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow

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    How do you know it has nothing to do with the OS? I am assuming you didn't even read my original post because in there I stated that I had already tried everything you suggested short of creating a new user account.

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    Because I and millions of others have been using this OS since it came out!
    I read your post, and you mentioned nothing of verifying and repairing your disk!

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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow

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    "I have run all the disk utilities that I could think of. I checked it for data errors and it found a few but fixed them. SMART says everything looks good"

    And in response to your theory that the quality of the OS is measured by the number of users... well by that logic Windows is 10 times better. I'm not saying Windows is better though, I'm just saying your logic is Junk.

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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow

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    Quote Originally Posted by lusher00 View Post
    "I have run all the disk utilities that I could think of. I checked it for data errors and it found a few but fixed them. SMART says everything looks good"
    You stated the you ran OnyX which is where you would have had the smart status report.
    Once again, you have mentioned nothing of verifying and repairing your disk booted from your install disc!

    And in response to your theory that the quality of the OS is measured by the number of users... well by that logic Windows is 10 times better. I'm not saying Windows is better though, I'm just saying your logic is $#it.
    I'm not even going to dignify that with a response!

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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow

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    Well I will explicitly mention it now. I inserted the the original Snow Leopard disk and ran the disk utility from there. It said everything was looking good. I guess when I said I ran everything I could think of, you didn't think I was smart enough to think of the most obvious solution.

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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow

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    lol ...maybe try "thank you for your help, I inserted the the original Snow Leopard disk and ran the disk utility from there and ran verify and repair disk but it said everything was looking good!"
    You could also try "I guess I'll give a new user account a go and see how that goes."
    Then you could also try "if all else fails, I guess I'll do a clean install, and test the system out and see how it runs."
    Last but not least, then you could post back and let us know how it all turned out.

    Order of things to rule out is generally corrupt files, HD, RAM, Logic Board.

    Take what you want from this thread, as it's your Mac, not mine!

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    People here are trying to help you. All you have done is shot back with insults to those people and to OSX. Ditch the attitude please.

    And we can't read your mind. That is why questions are asked.

    And if all else fails, I would listen to what Crimson said. Getting really slow a lot of times it IS the hard drive starting to fail. I don't care what SMART says. SMART does not always 100% of the time show issues with a hard drive in my years of PC repair experience.

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    1.5 year old Macbook is running quite slow

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    Yeah I'm being a jerk My bad, its an ego thing. I went to school far too long to not be able to figure this out on my own. That and Mac users have left an all around bad taste in my mouth. I judged you guys before I gave you a chance. I'll stop. I already have a secound user set up that I've only logged into once. I'll check it out when I get home.

    Again, I'm sorry. That was uncalled for. I occasionally play the tech support role for my own systems and I was acting like the people I hate dealing with.

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