Thread: Running slow?
07-05-2006, 09:10 PM #1RedbullGuestRunning slow?
I've noticed recently that my G4 17'' 1.67 PB, bought back in March last year has been running mortally slow. For example, it took 21 bounces to open up Google Earth, 8 bounces for pages and the general opening of applications. Where as before, all used to open within 5 bounces.
I've tried repair permissions and an Onyx clean out, but no avail. I still have 87 GB left and running 1 GB of RAM.
Any suggestions as it is becoming rather annoying?
07-05-2006, 10:34 PM #2menace3054Guest
try running disk repair.. put in the osx start up disk, hold down c and then go to utilities disk repair (or something along those lines) there might be an error on the physical disk
i use Micromat techtool 4 Pro (www.micromat.com) it does defragmentation and system optimization, ive noticed that when my system slows down, that helps
07-06-2006, 05:23 PM #3RedbullGuestOriginally Posted by menace3054
It's a bit faster, not as much as I hoped. Unfortunately, I am not in the position to pay $98 for Mircomat, but is there a free trial I could download? Or can you recommend any free?
BTW, if you have google earth downloaded, how many bounces does it take yours before it opens?
07-06-2006, 05:37 PM #4menace3054Guest
just downloaded google earth, it loaded in 9 bounces. i have 2 GB of ram and a 1.67 GHZ g4.
also, you should go to activity monitor under utilities and see how much ram and cpu is in use, there may be a program hogging it. also, how many widgets do you keep open?
07-06-2006, 05:40 PM #5
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14 bounces here, faster machine & different architecture though...
I'd try doing an archive & install if you're feeling brave. You'll probably loose some settings, but all your data & apps should still be there.
That way you'll have a "fresh" system again.
If you have a backup drive, clone your system's drive first, then do an archive and install and see if it runs better.
07-06-2006, 07:45 PM #6RedbullGuestOriginally Posted by menace3054
Originally Posted by menace3054
Then restarted the machine. Result? Earth Loaded in 24 bounces.
07-06-2006, 07:48 PM #7RedbullGuestOriginally Posted by Aptmunich
Actually, I have changed a lot of my icons around my computer and replaced it with a couple of fantasy ones, could that slow down the CPU?
07-06-2006, 08:16 PM #8menace3054Guest
did you check activity monitor? see how much ram you have free, when i first got os 10.4 i would have like 20 widgets running and wouldnt close them when i was done, that really eats performance. doing an archive and install is pretty safe, it backs up your files for you, and only re-installs the system software.
07-06-2006, 08:16 PM #9
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- Powerbook G4 1.67 MHz
I have a 15 inch PowerBook G4 1.67 GHz and it loaded in 9-11 bounces. I have 1.5 Gigs of RAM.
I got my laptop in August 05 and I can honestly say I have not noticed any slow down.
07-06-2006, 08:20 PM #10menace3054Guest
when i used to own a winblows computer back in the day, id do a reformat every year or so to clean things out. if all of these things are failing, id almost recommend that for you. do you have a superdrive? if you do, you can easily back up your important files onto a dvd before you format..
07-06-2006, 08:26 PM #11RedbullGuest
Just checked Activity monitor. Here's a picture below:
If I decide to re-format, do I still keep my modified icons, pictures and all important files? Yes, I have superdrive and might back-up the most important files.
07-06-2006, 08:28 PM #12menace3054Guest
what did it say for system memory?
heres what mine looks like
07-06-2006, 08:30 PM #13RedbullGuestOriginally Posted by menace3054
Active: 129.99 MB
Inactive 183.86 MB
Used: 407.45 MB
VM size: 4.08 GB
Yours looks more consistently used and still, performs much faster.
07-06-2006, 08:32 PM #14menace3054Guest
yea so if you have 616mb free it shoudlnt be slow, the reformat should fix things up for you
07-06-2006, 08:35 PM #15RedbullGuestOriginally Posted by menace3054
Just to say, what else do I lose from reformat?
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