You're talking about "paging", a common technique that Windows or OS X use to allow you to run big programs or work on large files (e.g. video editing) that takes more storage memory space than you have installed in RAM. Installing more memory will decrease the amount of paging, so decreasing the amount of HDD activity, and draining much less of your battery power. Reading and writing to HDD involved mechanical spinning a stack of multiple ceramic/metallic disks and moving the read/write heads back-and-forth. Easy to appreciate this takes much more power than reading and writing to memory (more like reading/writing to a USB key). Here are the things to try, as needed, in the order listed to improve your MBP's speed when browsing: 1. In Safari Preferences/General, reduce the History item retention to only as long as you need to. If you use Add Bookmark and Add to Reading List for stuff you want to revisit later, you don't need to keep your browsing history for long. Set "Remove download list item" to "Upon...
This is in response to "...Obvously, I can't turn off "Find my iPad" if I can't boot the device...". You do know that "Find my iPhone" or "Find my iPod" is often run off a computer by signing in to your iCloud account, or your iPhone, or another iPad. Right? It's seems the device who's allegedly doing the Finding is not your disabled iPad. Check out: https://www.apple.com/support/icloud/fin...-my-iphone-ipad-ipod-mac/ If iTunes on your computer recognizes your iPhone when it's connected, there may be a way for your to issue commands from iCloud to turn off "Find my iPod". If you can see your iPod from iCloud(over your computer), try doing a "Finding my iPod" and follow the procedure to close the application on your computer properly when done. I've used Find My iPhone multiple times but I don't remember the details on closing the application. You should probably at least sign-off iCloud when you are done. Good Luck!
I've been using an iPhone for almost 2 years now but I still use an old Galaxy S2 to stream Pandora music through Wifi to a stereo speaker & subwoofer setup, and I had to clear up a bunch of stuff to make an old phone run Pandora nicely. So, here are two major suggestions: 1. Assuming you have an add-on SSD card plugged into your phone's SSD socket, go into Settings/Application Manager and move as many of your installed apps from phone memory to your SSD card. You can always buy and install an SSD card with more memory. That would maximize the amount of memory your phone needs to run, and let your phone run faster. 2. Uninstall apps that you haven't use for a while, or use only occasionally These two steps should help. Sorry I'm not more specific with my directions as I have not upgraded Android on my old phone for a while. BTW, here it my 3rd tip: do not update your phone to the latest Android release unless you REALLY need it. Each new release put more stress on old hardware, and also pushes you into...
You said "... I was able to format and boot El Capitan onto the SSD via usb through a hard shell case for hard drives...". Any drive connected through an external port on your Macbook Pro (I have two) should be considered an "external drive". I've replaced a hard drive before in my 2008 Macbook Pro but use the install from Time Machine Backup option to restore my new drive to the disk image of my old HDD. When you install your new SSD into your MBP, you will likely need to reformat the drive and reinstall OS X. The simpler procedure, assuming you have an up-to-date Time Machine Backup is to search for and follow Apple's direction to re-install you original OS X installation from Time Machine Backup, unless you really want to clean house on old apps and files.
I replaced the hard-drive on my Late 2008 Macbook Pro twice (don't ask). Both times I sanded down the sides of a Chick-fil-A plastic knife as a spudger because I didn't have the patience to wait till I order the proper tools first. I sanded the plastic knife to adjust its thickness and never bothered to keep the home-made tool around. Anyway, the MacGyver method worked.
Apple USA fix this for free as per http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1258 Note that the free fix in US is restricted to Early 2008 Macbook Pro within 4 years from original date of purchase. Don't dally. Hope this help anyone with same issue.
This same problem happened on my Early 2008 MBP, intermittently. Found this post on Apple support that shows how to reset the display to rid the symptom. Seems the fix is only temporary, but can be repeated as often as needed. http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1258 An in-depth post on Apple's Macbook Pro Community Forum under the heading "Strange vertical stripes" suggest it's a known problem which doesn't get resolved with replacing parts.