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#1 prairiedances

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 11:28 PM

Hi I have a late 2009 mac book that's running on  OS X 10.8.5. Lately it's been running a bit sluggish. For example it takes awhile to move through multiple tabs in my web browser or or to open a program. Any advice on how to speed up the system? I have been using it a lot more lately, could that be a reason? Thanks!



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Posted 04 October 2013 - 05:36 AM




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Posted 06 October 2013 - 06:34 PM

The link by Buddyme2 should help.

How much RAM do you have installed on the MacBook? And which model do you specifically have?

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 08:34 AM

Sorry for my delayed response. I tried the tips at the link Buddyme2 send and it helped a lot. But when I get home I'll find out the RAM/model information. Thanks for both your help!

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 10:54 PM

I have processor: 2.26 Ghz intel core 2 duo  Memory: 2 GB 1067 Mhz DDr     182.28 Gb free out of 249.2 GB



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Posted 08 October 2013 - 06:38 AM

I have processor: 2.26 Ghz intel core 2 duo  Memory: 2 GB 1067 Mhz DDr     182.28 Gb free out of 249.2 GB


Glad to hear the stuff in the link that Buddyme2 helped some.

You should definitely consider more RAM. That will likely help more, although it does depend on your usage. If you only use one or maybe two fairly typical programs (i.e. Mail, Word, any browser, etc) at a time, then it may not matter that much (unless you are like me and have a LOT of browser windows/tabs open at one time). If you are running many programs at one time, then the extra RAM likely will help.

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Posted 08 October 2013 - 06:43 AM

Try something simple.

 

Shut down the computer.

 

Do a Safe boot

1 - Hold the shift key down.

2 - Power on the mac.

3 - This will bring you to the login scree.

4 - Log in to your account

5 - Wait for the system to load

6 - Shut down the mac,

7 - Reboot

8 - See if the mac runs better.

 

You can also download the free version of Onyx for your operating system.  It is harmless and tunes up your mac.  You can find it at:

http://www.titanium.free.fr



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:17 AM

Thanks! It's running a lot better :)



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:00 AM

I agree with smax013, you should add more RAM. It's the cheapest way to speed up a Mac.



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 09:52 AM

Looked at the Apple website re RAM they don't have any available for a fall 2009 mac book. Where else would be a good place to try and buy some RAM?

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:08 PM

Amazon, Crucial and OWC are a few sites that you can order from. 



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 12:58 PM

Thanks, would this work you think?

 

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Modules-Macbook-KTA-MB800K2-4GR/dp/B001RMG62Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1381340028&sr=8-2&keywords=RAM+apple+2009+mac+book



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Posted 09 October 2013 - 01:12 PM

Thanks, would this work you think?
 
http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Modules-Macbook-KTA-MB800K2-4GR/dp/B001RMG62Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1381340028&sr=8-2&keywords=RAM+apple+2009+mac+book


Nope.

Based upon the information you provided, this should be you MacBook model:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook/specs/macbook-core-2-duo-2.26-white-13-polycarbonate-unibody-late-2009-specs.html

If that is your MacBook model, then you need PC3-8500 DDR3 SO-DIMM (aka 1066 MHz) RAM. The RAM you linked to is 800 MHz DDR2 RAM.

This RAM would work (if we have your correct model):

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/Upgrade/DDR3_White

or this:

http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=MacBook%20(13-inch%2C%20Late%202009)

These days I personally tend to use OWC (aka www.macsales.com) for RAM for my Macs. Since they are a "Mac" oriented company, they tend to do testing of their RAM with more models. They also have a Lifetime replacement warranty...and very good customer service. I have used Crucial.com in the past for my Mac memory and still do for any Windows PC "non-performance" RAM that I need.

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 09:22 AM

Thank you! I really appreciate it. I'll check out OWC but also if you don't mind, could you suggest a resource on Amazon I could check out as well? If it's too much trouble, no problem. Thanks again.

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 02:49 AM

Running a search for PC3-8500 DDR3 SO-DIMM at amazon.com came up with Apple, Samsung, Kingston, Corsair etc. memory chips that would work on your MB..






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