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  • OT: Has my Macbook Pro reached a lifespan?

    I bought this computer in freshman year, back in 2006, and ever since have been using it for studying, work, and most of the time just browsing.

    I've noticed that it's been slowing down for the past half a year or so, and I started to trash all the stuff I don't need. Now, if I'm lucky, I can barely watch a youtube video with some jittering.
    The computer sometimes crashes when I'm running Google Chrome and iTunes together.

    I read somewhere that Macbooks have a lifespan of about 3-5 years. Maybe it's time for me to buy a new one...

    Can the problem be solved any way, like removing the RAMs with new ones?
    Originally Posted by Noam Chomsky


    Whenever you hear anything said very confidently, the first thing that should come to mind is, wait a minute is that true?

  • #2
    Could be your hard drive, but most likely it's like any other laptop which is a cramped heated machine that leads to an early life span of capacitors.
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    • #3
      I have a laptop that I still used that I bought in 2001

      the only reason I don't use it more is because the the hinges the monitor is on have broken

      keep looking after them, and they'll last a bit longer then most people think
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      • #4
        I have a laptop that I still used that I bought in 2001

        the only reason I don't use it more is because the the hinges the monitor is on have broken

        keep looking after them, and they'll last a bit longer then most people think
        Processors in 2001 didn't generate the kind of heat they did in 2006 and especially now. These days it really depends on cooling/powersaving and the quality of the caps.
        "If Obama wins a second term I will leave the forum". - Visconti

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        • #5
          Most companies have been using crappy soldering materials for their boards for a couple years now, although the quality is improving again lately (after mass customer complaints). They do not handle heat well, some components actually even detach from the motherboard (after which they have to be "reflowed" using a heat gun).

          But the above report just looks like your hdd and OS could use some cleaning. Get your important stuff on an external drive, run a full format on hdd and reinstall OS.

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          • #6
            Yes, apparently my harddisc only has 11 gigs left. It's packed with music, etc.
            Originally Posted by Noam Chomsky


            Whenever you hear anything said very confidently, the first thing that should come to mind is, wait a minute is that true?

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            • #7
              Processors in 2001 didn't generate the kind of heat they did in 2006 and especially now. These days it really depends on cooling/powersaving and the quality of the caps.


              doesn't take much to get a good quality fan, althought for a mac, i'm not sure

              that laptop is like a heater when its on (I didn't have to have the heaters on in the room when I was using it, even during winter)
              WARNING: may contain traces of Cynicism and Sarcasm

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              • #8
                so the hotter, the slower?
                Originally Posted by Noam Chomsky


                Whenever you hear anything said very confidently, the first thing that should come to mind is, wait a minute is that true?

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                • #9
                  so the hotter, the slower?


                  the hotter, the more damage over time
                  WARNING: may contain traces of Cynicism and Sarcasm

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                  • #10
                    I bought this computer in freshman year, back in 2006, and ever since have been using it for studying, work, and most of the time just browsing.

                    I've noticed that it's been slowing down for the past half a year or so, and I started to trash all the stuff I don't need. Now, if I'm lucky, I can barely watch a youtube video with some jittering.
                    The computer sometimes crashes when I'm running Google Chrome and iTunes together.

                    I read somewhere that Macbooks have a lifespan of about 3-5 years. Maybe it's time for me to buy a new one...

                    Can the problem be solved any way, like removing the RAMs with new ones?


                    Go to Utilities --> Disk Utility and then run the Repair Permissions on your main drive (click the main drive in the top left list). This can help if there are problems with finding certain files.

                    Having too much on your HD makes any computer slow. Getting an external drive and dumping some of your stuff on to that may speed things up a bit. I have friends with old Mac Laptops and they are still fine. Often slowdowns are simply a matter of operating system faults that can be rectified by a reinstall. That said, all the past few Mac's i've own have been running on the
                    same OS (well, updated and stuff) they came with.

                    There is a program called Diskwarrior which I would recommend if you are having slowdowns. Very clever and straight forward although I HIGHLY recommend you back up your personal data before rebuilding the directory.

                    Regards.. Rimmer
                    "(The New Testament) is a work of crude carpentry, hammered together long after its purported events, and full of improvised attempts to make things come out right." Christopher Hitchens, R.I.P

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                    • #11
                      Go to Utilities --> Disk Utility and then run the Repair Permissions on your main drive (click the main drive in the top left list). This can help if there are problems with finding certain files.

                      Having too much on your HD makes any computer. Getting an external drive and dumping some of your stuff on to that may speed things up a bit. I have friends with old Mac Laptops and they are still fine. Often slowdowns are simply a matter of operating system faults that can be rectified by a reinstall. That said, all the past few Mac's i've own have been running on the
                      same OS (well, updated and stuff) they came with.

                      There is a program called Diskwarrior which I would recommend if you are having slowdowns. Very clever and straight forward although I HIGHLY recommend you back up your personal data before rebuilding the directory.

                      Regards.. Rimmer


                      thanks!
                      Originally Posted by Noam Chomsky


                      Whenever you hear anything said very confidently, the first thing that should come to mind is, wait a minute is that true?

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                      • #12
                        All the computer experts here, haven't told you that when the processor runs too hot, it will save itself by turning the processor down to very slow. Also, Rimmer is right about too little space on the hard drive. Might be a good time to put a larger and faster spinning drive in. I had a PC laptop that the drive started responding slowly. I copied the drive over to a new one and then installed it. For a PC it didn't take too long. (Could have done the same thing on a mac in about 1/3rd the time.) If you've got an Apple store nearby, take it into them and have them look at it. I only own 1 laptop that's newer than yours. The others are all still working, though the battery on the oldest isn't worth much.

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                        • #13
                          All the computer experts here, haven't told you that when the processor runs too hot, it will save itself by turning the processor down to very slow. Also, Rimmer is right about too little space on the hard drive. Might be a good time to put a larger and faster spinning drive in. I had a PC laptop that the drive started responding slowly. I copied the drive over to a new one and then installed it. For a PC it didn't take too long. (Could have done the same thing on a mac in about 1/3rd the time.) If you've got an Apple store nearby, take it into them and have them look at it. I only own 1 laptop that's newer than yours. The others are all still working, though the battery on the oldest isn't worth much.


                          It's slightly scary not to be carrying around all your music, all 79 gigs of it. What else...
                          Originally Posted by Noam Chomsky


                          Whenever you hear anything said very confidently, the first thing that should come to mind is, wait a minute is that true?

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                          • #14
                            Yes, apparently my harddisc only has 11...


                            Nothing like enough to allow OSX to do it's thing with ease. Buy a new, bigger drive. There's plenty of youtube vids on how to swap 'em out.

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                            • #15
                              Nothing like enough to allow OSX to do it's thing with ease. Buy a new, bigger drive. There's plenty of youtube vids on how to swap 'em out.


                              Well, to be completely honest, 10 gigs of my Hard Drive is conquered by porn
                              Originally Posted by Noam Chomsky


                              Whenever you hear anything said very confidently, the first thing that should come to mind is, wait a minute is that true?

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