I have a late 2010 MacBook Pro - brief specs are 2.4GHz Core i7 (quad core), 16GB 1333MHz DDR3 RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6770M 1024 MD graphics. It had a 1TB hard drive that I replaced with a 1TB fusion drive about 12 months ago. The drive has 250-250GB free space.
I am running Mac OS X 10.10.5 (tried el Capitan and switched back).
I have been having some major issues with it recently which have left me pondering, do I fix it or replace it.
The issues are:
- General lagginiess… i just isn’t as zippy as it used to be
- Fans running almost constantly
- I has started crashing recently (where the screen goes grey with text saying there has been an error and the entire computer must restart
- I have a Thunderbolt display attached which the computer has just recently started losing track of - i.e. the screen goes black and all attached hard drives are disconnected. I have to unplug the screen and plug it back in to get it working again
- It seems to be slowing down my network. Netflix shows (on my TV) are more frequently showing in low res and often the streaming stalls completely. Shutting down my MBP seems to resolve these issues suggesting it’s tying up network resources
- It is very slow uploading data to the web. It recently took almost 2 hours to upload an 8.8mb file via FTP whereas the same file took under a minute on my iMac
- Adobe apps (mainly Illustrator, Indesign and Bridge) frequently crash - 3 or 4 times every day!
The list goes on… these are just the main issues.
Is it worth getting it fixed? (the cost of which will obviously depend on what the problem is) or should I lash out on a new one.
Apart from all the problems I’m having, will a new one be better (i.e. faster)? On paper the specs don’t seem that much better - 2.8GHz vs 2.4GHz and a solid state drive vs a fusion drive… apart from that they seem to be the same (yeah… Retina display too but I’m 55 and my eyes aren’t really good enough to appreciate the difference - or read really tiny type).
Am I missing something here or are the newer Macs significantly faster despite the similar specs?