Performance increase for older MACs

From time to time the performance on my old MAC slows down a little and doesn’t seems like it’s working like it’s old self.  I guess it is a few years old but it still does the job I need it too. I just need it to run the best it possibly can.  I’ve found two really easy way to speed things up again. It’s a bit techie for most but just follow the instructions and you’ll have yours running fast again in no time.

First up is  a PRAM reset. It might solve some of the strange problems you’ve been having.  What to do:

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Get ready by finding the following keys on the keyboard: Command (⌘), Option, P, and R. You will need to hold these keys down in the last step
  • Turn on the computer.
  • Press and hold the Command-Option-P-R keys before the gray screen appears.

Keep holding them until it restarts and you hear the startup sound again.

Release the keys and see if you MAC is running any better.

SMC Reset (especially good for power and performance)

Second thing to try is an SMC reset. I’ve found this one especially good if you have a MACbook that is doing some strange power things like not fully charging or losing power quickly.  Good if you aren’t seeing the same kind of performance you used to have too.

  • Shut down your Mac.
  • Plug in the power adapter to a power source and to your Mac.
  • On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time. (it should NOT boot) but the LED light on your charging adapter may change.
  • Power on the computer.

Let it start up and you should notice your MAC book back to it’s old self.