Why is my computer so slow? Get a real computer tune up
Fast startup times and speedy operations are among the greatest joys of working and playing on a brand-new PC. After all, we all want our PCs to run at peak capacity, regardless of whether it is a budget laptop or a polygon-pushing gaming desktop. But, inevitably, that out-of-the-box performance fades away and we ask why is my computer so slow?
Eventually, every PC and MacBook will slow down, either gradually or suddenly. That's when a computer tune up and defrag proves its worth. Often, viruses, malware and adware take their toll too. To get your computer back to it's heyday performance, you need knowledgeable computer repair experts in person, not some online PC cleaner scam. At ClickAway, we’re proud to fight back and fix that slow computer.
When your computer overheats, your MacBook’s fan kicks into action. But when it runs too long or too loud, there may be another cause to consider. Let’s answer the question “why is my MacBook Air making a fan noise?”
If your MacBook’s fan is running too loud for too long, and too frequently, you may have a problem. For the most part, fans are a part of laptop life. Humans sweat, dogs pant and laptops generally spin fans to keep cool. Unless you have the tiny, fanless MacBook, then your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air will occasionally fire up its cooling fan to keep its thermals in check. But if your Mac’s fan has gone from occasionally spinning to regularly and loudly spinning, you’ll want to quiet it down.
There are five ways to stop a MacBook Air making a fan noise. It might be that you need to go through all of these steps until your fan finally calms down. Whatever you do, don’t ignore the problem. Set aside a little time to genuinely focus on your fan health, and you’ll continue to get a lot of quality life out of your MacBook — without it sounding like you’re at the airfield. Of course. ClickAway MacBook repair technicians can resolve this for you if you prefer
Trouble shooting – MacBook Air making a fan noise
- Check your apps and tabs
The more apps and browser tabs you’ve got running, the greater the odds are that your Mac will need to employ its fan to keep things cool. Cut down on your multitasking by closing apps when you are done using them, especially when you are using graphics-intensive apps like Photoshop and iMovie.
To see which apps are using the most CPU resources, open the Activity Monitor and click on the CPU tab. In our experience, Chrome is more of a resource hog than Safari, so you might try switching browsers for a quieter Web browsing experience. We also suggest using your iPhone to play music and podcasts with iTunes and Spotify instead of keeping those apps running on your Mac.
- Keep vents clear
The MacBook Pro has vents on its sides and back edge, and the MacBook Air has vents along its back edge. These vents draw in cool air and expel hot air. If you block these vents by resting your laptop on a lap, couch cushion, pillow, bed or blanket, then your Mac is sure to heat up quick. I use a coffee table book to keep my MacBook Pro’s vents unobstructed when sitting on a couch or lying in bed.
If it looks like a bunch of grime has collected along the vents, you can try blowing it away with a can of compressed air. Of course, you run the risk of just blowing the debris further into your Mac. If that appears to be the case, then you will need to open up your Mac to get under the hood. This is probably best left to ClickAway. We can do it while you wait.
- Open up and clean
If you really want to do it yourself, get a tiny Phillips-head screwdriver and remove the bottom panel of your MacBook to clean out any dirt, dust and grime that may have collected over the years. Use your can of compressed air to blow away any debris or a lint-free cloth to wipe it away. Pay particular attention to the cooling fan itself and its vents, along with the entire back edge of your MacBook. The goal here is clean passageways for maximum airflow.
- Test your fans
There is a chance that your MacBook Air making a fan noise and overheating is there’s something wrong with the cooling fan itself. Baked into your Mac is a hardware diagnostic tool. If it was made prior to June 2013, you’ll use the Apple Hardware Test. After that date, you’ll use Apple Diagnostics.
These tools operate in a similar fashion. With your MacBook plugged in and all external peripherals removed, restart it and hold down the D key to start either diagnostic program.
Follow the onscreen instructions to start the test. The standard test takes only a minute or two to complete and will report any hardware issues. For a more thorough investigation, you can check a box to run an extended test that will take an hour or more to complete.
There are three codes, all starting with “PPF,” related to the cooling fan. If you get one of the results that indicates there may be an issue with your fan, it’s time to contact Apple if you have Apple Care with your MacBook. If you don’t, visit your nearest ClickAway Mac Repair technician for a repair or ask for a computer tune up.
- Reset the SMC
If your Mac is clean and grime-free and you are keeping your apps and tabs in check your MacBook Air making a fan noise continues, try resetting the System Management Controller (SMC). The SMC is responsible for controlling low-level functions on your Mac including “thermal management,” aka the cooling fan. Follow opens in a new windowApple’s instructions for resetting the SMC. Any questions can quickly be answered at ClickAway.
Are you asking the question “why is my MacBook Pro so slow?” There can be several reasons why a Mac isn’t performing as it should, but they are often due to one or more of the following:
- The Mac is old or its hardware can’t keep up. At some point the processor, drive, amount of RAM and/or graphics card simply can’t keep up with the latest software. New versions of macOS are generally compatible with Macs going back several years, but if yours is among the oldest supported by the current operating system, it may not have what it takes to be fully efficient.
- There is a hardware problem. One of the components in your Mac has failed or is failing.
- There is a software problem. The operating system or specific applications are not working as they should.
MacBook Pro So Slow – Troubleshooting Steps
Troubleshooting a MacBook Pro so slow is a process of elimination. And troubleshooting can take a time which is why ClickAway Mac Repair technicians are here to do it for you. But if your Mac is getting slow and you want to try and resolve it yourself, follow these troubleshooting steps to find what’s wrong and hopefully make it faster.
Back up your data
Whether the cause of your MacBook Pro so slow is hardware or software, the first thing to do is ensure that you don’t lose any data. If there are hardware issues, then your Mac could potentially stop working, or your drive could be corrupted. You can use Apple’s Time Machine to back up your Mac. If you have multiple backups, and your Mac fails, having two backup solutions is the best way to ensure you don’t use data. Sometimes backups get corrupted, or their drives fail too.
Restart your Mac
Restarting your Mac is quick and easy, or at least it should be. When you restart your Mac, it clears the memory and forces any processes that may have been stuck to reload. The amount of time it takes for your Mac to go from black screen to loading your desktop can also be a good indication of where to look for issues. Most Macs, regardless of configuration and operating system version, should be up and running in no more than one minute or two; Macs with SSDs should go to the login screen in seconds. If the startup process takes longer, this doesn’t give clues as to what’s wrong, but it does suggest that something is happening when the Mac loads macOS rather than later.
If the restart process takes a long time, try again after disconnecting any peripherals connected to the computer, especially hard drives. Sometimes problems with external hard drives can slow down Macs, as the Mac is trying to read and perhaps index the drive. At other times, even keyboards or mice can have issues that conflict with your Mac.
Check Resource Usage
If a restart did not solve your MacBook Pro so slow issues, or only fixed them for a short time, you should check how your Mac’s hardware is being used. Is your Mac using too much RAM and running out of memory? Are certain stuck processes causing your Mac to slow down? MacOS has a useful utility called Activity Monitor. This utility gives you a live view of your Mac’s processor, RAM, energy, disk, and network usage. You can find this utility in Applications > Utilities.
First, set up Activity Monitor to make it easy to use:
- From the View menu, select Update Frequency, and then set it to its lowest value, 5 seconds. This makes it easier to see what’s happening; the display won’t change too quickly.
- In the same menu, make sure you check All Processes. Processes are apps that you see, and those that run in the background; your Mac runs dozens of different processes. Activity Monitor shows all processes in real-time. The information is sorted into different tabs that display processes in the category specified, and each one can help you narrow down the issues you’re having. ClickAway MacBook repair techs can answer any questions you have about Activity Monitory.
Check available storage space
One common cause for Mac slowdowns is when your startup drive gets full. You need disk space to store files, but also to use virtual memory. If you run out of space on your drive, then any task where virtual memory is needed may be slow.
To check your Mac’s available storage, go to the Apple Menu > About This Mac > Storage. If you’re running out of space on your drive, you’ll need to move some files. Again, ClickAway is here to help you with any data backup or data transfer needs you may have.
If you frequently run low on drive space, then you’ll need to move files to an external drive, and consider upgrading the drive in your Mac, if possible, or getting a larger drive on your next Mac.
Test the Hardware
Is your Mac just spinning when you ask it to do something? Your software may not be the cause of MacBook Pro so slow. A failing drive, faulty RAM, or other hardware issues can sometimes cause the same type of symptoms. For example, the dreaded spinning beachball could be caused by a software or hardware problem.
Using the above steps, if the issue is caused by software, you should have a pretty good idea of what the culprit is; however, to test your hardware some different tools are required. There are tools built into your Mac you can to use to help identify hardware issues that may cause a slow Mac.
You can use Disk Utility to test your Mac’s hardware. Disk Utility is an app that you can use to erase, format, and partition drives, and you can also use it to check if your drives are running smoothly. You can find it in Applications > Utilities.
Select your drive and click the First Aid button. This is a good first check, and you can run it on your startup drive, or external drives, to check their integrity. Disk Utility will tell you if your disks are running correctly, will repair some issues, and will tell you if there are more serious problems that it can’t fix.
Take Your Mac to An Apple Expert
When you have checked the software and the hardware but can’t find anything wrong, you can always get more help. If you have Apple Care support for your Mac, call Apple, and they’ll help you. If not, take the Mac to ClickAway. We will do checks of the hardware and the operating system, and let you know what needs to be done and how much it will cost. Our computer tuneup service can speed things up as well by looking at the OS, RAM, temporary and duplicate files, dust in the fans and much more.
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Why Is My Computer So Slow? Try a Tune Up
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- Check for sufficient RAM and free hard drive space and recommend an upgrade if necessary
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- Remove unnecessary startup programs
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- Clean interior including fans and heat sink with compressed air
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- Repair damage to Operating System
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All computers eventually lose that day-one luster, becoming lethargic, unresponsive, and even unreliable. The operating system gets gunked up as apps are added and incompletely deleted, leaving behind drivers and all sorts of other system detritus. Their hard drives fill up with forgotten files we've abandoned in folders whose existence we've forgotten. A defrag is just one of the tasks you need to perform.
Programs build up enormous caches behind the scenes that we don't even know about. Eventually, our full hard drives choke the OS as it tries to run. Outdated drivers cease to work correctly. Toolbars and other nasty plug-ins can precipitously slow our browsers to a crawl. It doesn't matter how diligent you are, or what sort of productivity software you use to get the most out of your time if end up sitting around and waiting for your computer to catch up to you.
Our machines can become so impaired through use and neglect that we can no longer use Microsoft Word or play a PC game with the same speed and efficiency to which we have become accustomed. That's when we ask why is my computer so slow? Often, we ponder buying a new computer. But that's a drastic solution, and one that's frequently unnecessary. Instead, you can get often that fresh-out-the-box performance for tens of dollars—instead hundreds or even thousands—thanks to a relatively inexpensive computer tune-up at ClickAway.