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Why is my system SO much slower than when it was new
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jbleisure
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Sep 14, 2005, 05:48 PM
 
I ough my Powerbook 6 months ago. It seemed lightening fast. And was compared to the old PC I was using. I would click - applications, folders & files would open. Instantly.

Now there is often a momentary delay, a second or two befor the interface shows the result of my mouse click. Safari takes an age sometimes 20 bounces or more before the window appears!!!

What can I do to spped things up again? I am running a 1.5 GHz Powerbook 15" with 512 ram

Helpful advice will be GREATLY appreciated. I run repair permissions after all upgrades and Macjanitor.
     
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Sep 14, 2005, 06:05 PM
 
Now I get that too. Obviously I don't expect miracles - it is only a 1GHz TiBook of course, but it definitely has been getting bogged down recently.
     
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Sep 14, 2005, 06:10 PM
 
yea it happened to me a little. after i upgraded my ram the computer was like it was on drugs and i was zipping around. but now it acts like normal slowness.
would zapping pram help any bit? clearing caches? i wouldnt know...
maybe its something apple did to make sure we upgraded our computers now and then so we keep buying there products.
(ohh.. safari just finished loading after i typed this )
     
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Sep 15, 2005, 12:46 PM
 
Hi!

Launching of Safari can be sped up a lot by emptying ~/Library/Icons, which contains the little icons displayed in front of the URL. I for one set the permissions to the folder in a way that there won't be any new icons saved.
     
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Sep 15, 2005, 12:55 PM
 
1ghz Rev. A PB Here... 1gb Ram. Just as fast as the day I bought it and took it home.

- Panther 10.3.9
- Safari
- TMTL

Jay: Did you do the upgraded Ram yourself? Did you test it? If not, did they give you the right Ram?

Yeah, it's a grand conspiracy to get you to upgrade your computer six months later...

Test your hard drive.
     
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Sep 15, 2005, 02:32 PM
 
One other possible problem is that you have things running in the background. Go to /Application/Utilities/ and run Activity Monitor. Sort it by CPU%. See what comes to the top of the list. If something is eating up a disproportionate amount of your CPU% then you might want to look into quitting it if you know what it is and know you don't need it running.
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Sep 15, 2005, 02:48 PM
 
Delete Norton Anti-Virus... Come on, I know you need your blanky, but this is rediculous. Let it go.
     
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Sep 15, 2005, 05:10 PM
 
Done all that many times in the past, but still gradually slowing. Been forced by prudence to get myself a copy of diskwarrior, but still other than that its tricky to see things that could help.
     
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Sep 15, 2005, 06:25 PM
 
Originally Posted by budster101
Jay: Did you do the upgraded Ram yourself? Did you test it? If not, did they give you the right Ram?

Yeah, it's a grand conspiracy to get you to upgrade your computer six months later...

Test your hard drive.
yes i upgraded myself. i know how to install ram though i have put computers together. they are working because it is faster but yet it seemed to slow down.
i ran no test really. i opened many big applications (Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Virutal Pc, and others) to test the speed out... fast.
About this mac says i got 1.25 gb

Heres the 3 ram slots being used. the first one is the one that came pre installed
Code:
DIMM0/J21: Size: 256 MB Type: DDR SDRAM Speed: PC2100U-25330 DIMM1/J22: Size: 512 MB Type: DDR SDRAM Speed: PC2600U-25330 DIMM2/J23: Size: 512 MB Type: DDR SDRAM Speed: PC2600U-25330
more details on what i need to run to test the hard drive besides my monthly permissions repair and verify disk?
     
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Sep 15, 2005, 07:08 PM
 
Wait. You only have two ram slots with a powerbook.
Could be bad ram dimm. Test it.

Peace.

I didn't mean to illude that you didn't know what you were doing so don't take it that way.
( Last edited by budster101; Sep 16, 2005 at 12:05 AM. )
     
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Sep 15, 2005, 09:44 PM
 
do you ever leave your laptop on overnight without sleeping it (just dimming the lcd screen) ?

download onyx or macjanitor ( or any number of utilities), and run the system maintenance routines. There are daily, weekly and monthly scripts built into the mac that usually run at 3 AM. if you don't keep your machine awake, these never get run and the size of the logs grows and can bog down a computer.

if you are comfortable in terminal use the following:

sudo periodic daily
sudo periodic weekly
sudo periodic monthly

The weekly script takes a while to run.
     
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Sep 15, 2005, 11:50 PM
 
were you all getting laptop from??? Power Mac G4

i have never tested ram i guess so how is that done?

i am ok with terminal so i am running those... still is running...

i do leave my computer on 24/7 and im logged in 24/7 but i put it to sleep so i guess those dont run...
     
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Sep 15, 2005, 11:59 PM
 
Originally Posted by jbleisure
I ough my Powerbook 6 months ago. It seemed lightening fast. And was compared to the old PC I was using. I would click - applications, folders & files would open. Instantly.

Now there is often a momentary delay, a second or two befor the interface shows the result of my mouse click. Safari takes an age sometimes 20 bounces or more before the window appears!!!

What can I do to spped things up again? I am running a 1.5 GHz Powerbook 15" with 512 ram

Helpful advice will be GREATLY appreciated. I run repair permissions after all upgrades and Macjanitor.

Here maybe?

Your computer, whatever the type slowed down after you put in a 512mb dimm right? Then it is either a ram slot problem, or a ram problem. My guess. Call Applecare.

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Just found this if you are interested. I've never used it.

http://www.memtestosx.org/
( Last edited by budster101; Sep 16, 2005 at 12:08 AM. )
     
jbleisure  (op)
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Sep 16, 2005, 07:44 AM
 
Thank you for the help. Barry I think you were spot on I found MacJanitor at

http://personalpages.tds.net/~brian_...acjanitor.html

And so far the results look good. Safari is loading nigh on immediately and things generally seems speedier.
     
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Sep 16, 2005, 07:48 AM
 
If you have Autofill > Others, edit it down to a handful. Also, consider deactivating the cache. Onyx is also very good and it doesn't hurt to run Diskwarrior now and then.

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Sep 16, 2005, 08:15 AM
 
Yeah, you're welcome....
     
   
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