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Tips for speeding up a slowing system?
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Jul 14, 2002, 11:16 PM
I am running OS 9.2.2 on a Powerbook G4 500 Mhz, with a 30 gig HD, and 384 MB RAM. I have had the computer for about 2 years, and have used it extensively, ranging from web browsing and Office apps to Video editing with large files. I have noticed that recently, the system has slown down significantly in several areas, including:
-editing in final cut pro
-print spooling from word takes significantly longer, and the mouse turns into the clock for a long time
-loading web pages takes longer.

I am assuming that this slowdown is due to simply "junk" piling up in the system from the heavy use the computer has been put through. What i am wondering is does anyone have any suggestions for speeding it up again? I have a Diskwarrior, which has an optimizer to defragment the drive. Will that do it, or do i need to reinstall the system OS? And if so, do i need to simply reinstall the OS or do a Clean Install, in which i erase everything and reinstall all the applications?
Any help would be great!
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Jul 15, 2002, 06:05 AM

I assume there are many different tools and tricks to do this, but one thing that really surprised me was how much faster my G4 ( yikes! ) responded after i did an indexing of the main volume. It really made a difference!
I also believe in doing a desktop rebuild on a regular basis keep things a bit "cleaner"?!

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Jul 15, 2002, 10:00 AM
Rebuild the Desktop file by holding Apple-Option as the Finder loads (whether at startup, or by force quitting it).

Defrag the HD with something like PlusOptimiser by Alsoft.

I think half your problem is running OS 9.22... when did you notice the slowdowns?
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Jul 15, 2002, 06:24 PM
Well, I dont know wheter or not if you've maxed out on ram or not, but addind more always seems to help.
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