Thread: How to speed up my mac........
01-21-2006, 03:32 PM #1whorientalGuestHow to speed up my mac........
I am current trying to build a small home studio around my powerbook 12'. Sometimes it seem to be running slow when running logic and garage band at the same time, or any other audio related programs for that matter. I upgraded my memory to 1.25 Gb. I was wondering if there is anything like any guides to speed up your computer that I could find online like I did when I had my pc. thanks!
01-21-2006, 09:32 PM #2jn4jennyGuestOriginally Posted by whoriental
01-21-2006, 11:29 PM #3menace3054Guest
make sure that under sys prefs, energy saver, options, processor speed is at max. although the cpu is technically supposed to "adjust" as needed, i often have noticed that this isnt the case. If i am trying to watch a movie while doing other things, the movie will be sluggish (on a 1.67 with 2gb of ram) since ive placed the CPU to highest, ive noticed that it runs a lot faster
01-22-2006, 12:28 AM #4menace3054Guest
also... contrary to what most people think... it is possible to defrag a mac hd. I use techtool 4 pro, and about once every 3-4 months, i defragment the hd and notice a good jump in overall system performance. Im not sure how long you have had your mac, but if you are frequently installing/removing programs, deleting files, ect. it may be time to defrag
01-22-2006, 01:27 AM #5
A PowerBook G4 should run both of those apps with no problem. It's meant for professional work w/ Final Cut Studio and such. Run Activity Moniter (In utilities) and see if anything is hogging the memory. 1.25gb is more than enough. I have 1gb here and I can run multiple Studio apps w/ out a problem.DJ Lee
Watts Up Productions
01-22-2006, 03:08 AM #6
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- Mar 30, 2004
- 12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)
You could try putting in a faster (7200 RPM) hard drive...it's a messy and difficult job, with a risk that you could break something, but it could speed things up a little.
If your PowerBook is old enough to have a 4200 RPM drive, then even an external FireWire drive might make an improvement.
01-22-2006, 07:29 AM #7
Originally Posted by whoriental
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- Jan 20, 2006
- Norfolk, VA
- 1.67GHZ 15" PowerBook G4 Widescreen "The Great Last PowerBook"/20" iMac Core Duo, 2GB RAM, 256VRAM
01-22-2006, 12:36 PM #8RedbullGuest
I've change my processor speed to ''Highest'' and downloaded ''Speed Freak'' and there's a noticable difference when I open up applications and Safari seems somewhat faster.
01-22-2006, 02:22 PM #9whorientalGuestOriginally Posted by saunderscc
BTW, thanks everyone for helping out. I am sure these suggestion will help in some way. Especially the defragmentation thing. I constantly install and remove programs so that will help. :p
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