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PowerBook - My Mac is Slow

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Mac Specs: PowerBook G4 1.5 GHz PowerPC, 512 Mb DDR SDRAM, OS 10.3.9

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Hi All,

After my old PC died (right before finals) 10 months ago my mom lent me her seldom used PowerBook G4 (and then just gave it to me). After a couple of days getting used to the operating system and hardware differences I quickly grew to love the Mac. Lately, my PowerBook G4 PowerPC with a 1.5 GHz processor, 512MB of ram, and running Mac OS 10.3.9 has been running slowly. It's particularly slow loading web pages and streaming video/audio. I've also experienced slower than usual boot-up times and when opening large files. I'm a novice at Macs, but I'm eager to learn how to make my machine run better. Can any of you suggest some trouble-shooting techniques and/or quick fixes? If you need any more information I'm happy to provide any information you need.

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A quick fix might be to let MainMenu run some maintenance tasks

Otherwise you could add some more ram, perhaps a 1 gig simm with the option of a second 1 gig stick later

Also consider upgrading the OS to Tiger which is a bit more sprightly IMO
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