What simple things can I do to make my older Macbook with OS X 10.6.8 run a little faster?

Anita Alkhas August 6, 2012

I’m planning to get a new computer, but I’d like to squeeze a little more life out of my Macbook. My main issue is trying to run more than one or two applications and it running really slowly or apps shutting down on me.

  1. VictorGeis
    August 28, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Upgrading your RAM is probably one of the cheapest and trusted solutions. You can easily get an 8 GB kit (some might even consider overkill) under $70. If you're planning to keep your computer around, I would suggest you consider a solid state drive (SSD). However, it is somewhat expensive and it probably won't be as large as your hard drive (unless you fork over some extra cash).

  2. muotechguy
    August 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Swap the hardisk for an SSD - MASSIVE performance increase in boot times and loading applications: I described the process for a 2006 macbook pro here, but it should be similar.


  3. ReĆ½ Aetar
    August 7, 2012 at 9:41 am

    you can go for hardware upgrades like adding more ram switching to HDD or just install a linux destro like ubuntu .. your mac will be as good as new if there is no hardware fault

  4. Mike
    August 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Repair Permission via Disk Utility
    * run it twice ~ remaining errors won't be repaired because of outdated receipts

    Verify Disk via Disk Utility
    * on error backup your data, boot from the 10.6 DVD and repair the disk

    I second running Onyx (see cleaning and maintenance tab)
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    also adding more RAM is a great tip
    Installing RAM is quite easy for MacBooks but make sure that you buy the right RAM and not more than supported. Visit the following URL replacing "serialnumber" with the actual SN of your MacBook
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    One last option that truly gives new life to a MacBook would be replacing a mechanical hard drive with a Solid State Drive. Usually
    There are kits that come with an external case or cable to copy your data. Fortunately Mac OS X is one of the systems you can perfectly clone to a new drive e.g. using Carbon Copy Cloner

    Both of those hardware changes are easy to perform ~ especially if you still have one of the white/black MacBook models. For the unibody MB the hard drive takes a little more time but is not really more difficult.

  5. Truefire_
    August 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

    How old is the Macbook? It shouldn't be going too slow as long as it's an Intel.

    In most cases, adding a stick of RAM can improve things greatly, and is not expensive if get the RAM from http://www.Newegg.com or http://www.Crucial.com .

    Here are some free software fixes you can try:


    • musicphann
      August 7, 2012 at 2:24 am

      I second the part about repairing privileges. If something is wrong with them they can cause some strange slowdowns/apps crashing or not launching.

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