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    Hey guys, been having my macbook pro 15" for 1.5 years, lately it's been lagging a bit. Is there a way to make it run smoother? I cant afford to upgrade anything interiorlly, however is there a FREE app out there that can reduce the lag or make your mac runs smoother?
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    Well, I am not aware of such an app, but have you tried a clean install of mountain lion or lion? I think that could help a little, especially if you have been using your Mac for almost everything. Just an idea.
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    Default Re: MacBook Pro lagging

    You need to give us some specifics before anyone can legitimately help you here...

    - What are you describing as lag? (what exactly is it doing?)
    - When is the computer lagging?

    ...as far as downloadable software to fix this issue, i don't think any of them are going to be a real "fix" without knowing what is going on. There are several things that could be hogging RAM, there could be hardware failure, etc. We need more info.

    Also, have you reset your SMC and PRAM? If not, google it and follow instructions...sometimes this can really help a macbook stuck in a weird rut.
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    Memory spec's


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    Without any details on your computer specs. or particulars on the issue I can tell you that using an SSD to run the OS and topping up the RAM will resolve the lags for the lifetime of the computer. I used OWC data doubler on my 2 1/2 year old MBP (which was getting slower and slower) and it is now zipping fast. I got a case for the optical drive for the odd time I need it. OWC has excellent video to help you do the job, take your time, don't rush, ground yourself and you will love the new found speed.
    Good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForgWorm View Post
    Hey guys, been having my macbook pro 15" for 1.5 years, lately it's been lagging a bit. Is there a way to make it run smoother? I cant afford to upgrade anything interiorlly, however is there a FREE app out there that can reduce the lag or make your mac runs smoother?
    Any chance you're running the Messages app? There have been numerous reports of it being buggy and getting stuck in a Not Responding state that eats up all your RAM and slows your computer to a crawl. Check the Activity Monitor to see if that's the case. (Finder>Applications>Utilities>Activity Monitor)
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    nope not runnning the messages app..

    I think it's my ram.. since I run a lot of apps.. not that much but like chrome, evernote, mail, reminder, iceclean, skype, and itunes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForgWorm View Post
    nope not runnning the messages app..

    I think it's my ram.. since I run a lot of apps.. not that much but like chrome, evernote, mail, reminder, iceclean, skype, and itunes.
    Again, how about some specs? What model MBP? How much memory? Memory is pretty cheap right now - you can kick it up to 8GB for as little as $50... definitely a deal... but to really help, we need more information, as has been requested previously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForgWorm View Post
    nope not runnning the messages app..

    I think it's my ram.. since I run a lot of apps.. not that much but like chrome, evernote, mail, reminder, iceclean, skype, and itunes.
    I agree with NPBeck79 that you should consider a clean install of whatever OS X version you have. Running the aforementioned apps should not cause your MacBook Pro to lag in the manner I am understanding it. I have a MacBook that I bought in March 2009 and it is still running smoothly. See the specs via the attached screenshot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForgWorm View Post
    nope not runnning the messages app..

    I think it's my ram.. since I run a lot of apps.. not that much but like chrome, evernote, mail, reminder, iceclean, skype, and itunes.
    If you're running all of them at the same time, yes, you're going to see some lag. You will need to shut a few down and only run 2-3 at a time or upgrade your RAM. Upgrading memory is pretty easy and cheap. $50-$75 for an upgrade. That may be your best bet if you want to continue to run 5+ programs together.


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    By the way, have you opened Activity Monitor to see which programs are using the most resources? You might find that some are stuck in a Not Responding state and are just eating RAM. You can kill whatever apps you want from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fausty82 View Post
    Again, how about some specs? What model MBP? How much memory? Memory is pretty cheap right now - you can kick it up to 8GB for as little as $50... definitely a deal... but to really help, we need more information, as has been requested previously.

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    I have the early 2011 MBP, running 2.2ghz i7 with 4gb of ram.

    It seems like some of the apps are causing it too lag, since when I only run 2-3 apps it seems to be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Massie View Post
    By the way, have you opened Activity Monitor to see which programs are using the most resources? You might find that some are stuck in a Not Responding state and are just eating RAM. You can kill whatever apps you want from there.

    I just did, and it seemed like none of my programs are using that much resources.. hmm..

    I have a feeling it must have just been my RAM since I run quite a few apps..
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    Enter Terminal: Type the following command without quotes "sudo periodic daily weekly monthly" you will then be prompted to enter your password. This will speed things up a tad on a laptop. Also run disk utility and repair permissions. I like to do a reboot after both.
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    Google Chrome is a resource hog...just FYI.

    4GB of RAM is so easily and cheaply upgraded these days that it's hard to imagine someone sticking with that amount if their computer was having problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanHRCC View Post
    Google Chrome is a resource hog...just FYI.

    4GB of RAM is so easily and cheaply upgraded these days that it's hard to imagine someone sticking with that amount if their computer was having problems.
    Yes to all of what he said. You can easily double that RAM for less than $50. Also, Chrome is a memory hog, is slower, and has less features than Safari. Unless you have a certain reason you use Chrome, switching to Safari will help speed everything up.


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