I am given a MacBookAir5,2 [A1466 (EMC 2559)] that is very slow. To give you an idea, a sequence of:
- Power on
- Log in and loading the desktop
- Power off from the menu
takes around 10 minutes.
The MacBookAir runs quite cool. With
$ top I see around ~10% of CPU usage after logging in and ~25% of RAM and
sysctl hw.cpufrequency returns
1,800,000,000 without the commas, which I suppose is good. Also, I noticed that fan speed is always at (almost?) full speed.
So, after searching around I did a PVRAM/NVRAM reset and an SMC reset.
PVRAM/NVRAM reset seems to be successful since I get the "double restart".
But I question the SMC reset. The steps of the procedure are:
- Shut down the computer.
- Plug in the MagSafe power adapter to a power source, connecting it to the Mac if its not already connected. (I shut it down having MagSafe plugged in)
- On the built-in keyboard, press the (left side) Shift-Control-Option keys and the power button at the same time.
- Release all the keys and the power button at the same time. (I did this, holding them down for <1, ~5 and ~10 second(s).)
- Press the power button to turn on the computer. (Now, this does NOT work. I have to unplug MagSafe in order for power button to turn on the MacBookAir.)
- Note: The LED on the MagSafe power adapter may change states or temporarily turn off when you reset the SMC. (It does not change states to me.)
The strange thing is that when I turn it on, the gray screen appears with the "loading" icon. Then, after let's say 10 seconds I can listen to the fan increasing its rotation slowly from its minimum speed to -I guess- the maximum. This increase is quite slow and takes around 10 seconds.
Should the next step be delivering it to a proper technician or there is something else I can do?