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I have a MBP that's roughly 13 months old. I have 25 gigs of free space left on my 111GB hard drive. I'm pretty sure there are a bunch of applications/downloaded files hiding on my computer somewhere that I'd like to get rid of, as well as some other junk that I know nothing about. My laptop runs about 50% slower than it did when I first purchased it. For example, opening Safari now takes a few seconds whereas it used to be instant. Same with opening System Preferences. iChat lags when loading, and Microsoft Word takes way too long to open.

What do I do?? I miss the sexy NEW speed of my macbook pro Are there any programs I can run that will speed up my laptop?

Thanks in advance...


EDIT: Also, I have 2gb of RAM. Where can I get a good deal on a 4GB ram upgrade? I do a lot of photoshop and illustrator work and am under the impression this will help speed up those applications...
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Give this a read. Great recipe for tuning up your Mac.
http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=110273

As far as more ram, check out these sites.

http://eshop.macsales.com/MyOWC/inde...Over=1&TI=3426

http://www.crucial.com/mac/index.aspx

http://www.newegg.com/Index.aspx?Name=Home

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The Crucial scanner said my MBP can support 3072MB of RAM. Should I buy a single 2GB chip to mix with one of my current 1GB sticks? And how do I get the RAM installed? I'd rather not void the warranty because there's some stuff wrong with my laptop that I need to get taken care of first.
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The Crucial scanner said my MBP can support 3072MB of RAM. Should I buy a single 2GB chip to mix with one of my current 1GB sticks? And how do I get the RAM installed? I'd rather not void the warranty because there's some stuff wrong with my laptop that I need to get taken care of first.
What are the specs for your MBP? (processor, screen size) I'll get some info for it.

Adding ram won't void the warranty and it's very easily done.

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The "how to"...
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1270

For your model at OWC. You could purchase a 2 GB module. It makes no mention of installing in pairs for your model.
http://eshop.macsales.com/MyOWC/Upgrades.cfm?model=258

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Thanks Here's another question. Here's a pic of my iStat bar.

http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/att...1&d=1213591728

Those temperatures are way way way too low. I'm touching the bottom of my laptop right now and it's burning hot. Is there something wrong with my laptop?

edit: And what does battery health mean? I've seen it go from 82% to 81% tonight...
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when was the last time you calibrated your battery?

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when was the last time you calibrated your battery?
Haha, what does that mean? Never. How do I do it?
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Ram is the cheapest most effective way to speed up your mac, my mac from 2GB to 4GB made a nice difference. Ram is soo cheap these days why not max it out? Right now, Fry's is doing a special on 4GB DDR2 667 PC5300 SO-DIMM (mac compatible) memory for $69, unbeatable deal for mac compatible memory.

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Haha, what does that mean? Never. How do I do it?
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The link to the tune up page doesn't work
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Hmm, weird. Oh well, here ya go...

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Here is my oft posted (but just completely updated) recipe for tuning up a poorly performing Mac:

[the content of this frequently posted article completely updated 5/26/08]

Most folks start to worry that their Mac is slowing down when they notice that boot up is taking longer and/or application launching is taking longer. The tips provided here are intended to speed up these two items. There are other things you can do to speed up your Mac of course, mainly additional RAM and/or faster and larger hard drives, but these topics are not covered here.

Lets start with booting. You may be able to speed up your boot process by understanding the fact that Mac OS X reads and preloads icons for everthing that is in your Documents folder and everything that is on your Desktop. Taking this concept to heart, if you keep a tidy desktop with the smallest number of items possible on it, and minimize the number of files you keep in your Documents folder, you may notice an improvement in boot time. I take this concept to heart myself, keeping only 5 icons on my desktop and keeping all my personal files in a separate "My Documents" folder as opposed to Apple's intended Documents folder. The only things to be found in my Documents folder are items that have been placed there by applications that store configuration information there. Microsoft Office is a notable offender in this regard, storing a hierarchy of folders there.

Still on the topic of booting, make sure that you know what items are being loaded at login of your user account, and eliminate any of them that you don't feel are needed. You will find the list of login items in your System Preferences, Accounts, your_user_id, Login Items.

Now on to hardware settings. Some Macs allow you to control the processor speed and energy consumption. To ensure maximum speed, check that your processor is set for full speed. In Tiger, you can go to Preferences, Energy Saver, Options and look at the drop box down near the bottom called Processor Performance. If it is not set to "Highest", set it to that right away. This maximizes performance, but for notebooks, it may run down the battery faster. Note that not all Macs have this setting - my certainly my PowerMac G5 tower does, but not all Macs do. For Leopard, the preference panel is a bit different in this regard, but poke around and make sure that you are set up for optimum performance, not optimum battery life.

Now lets look at things that consume unncessary amounts of CPU. It is possible you may have some processes running that are consuming a lot of idle CPU, thus slowing down your machine overall. I had a bad widget that did this once. Open Activity Monitor and look at your "resting" CPU occupancy when you are not doing anything in particular with the machine. It should be pretty much zero (maybe 1% to 2% at most). If it not, identify the process or processes that are taking the time. What are they? Do you recognize them? Are they needed? If you find one that is not needed, kill it and see how your machine starts to behave. If this is the cure, you will need to identify the startup item that launches it and delete it.

Still on the "CPU waster" thought, if you have an Intel Mac, it is worth checking for PPC processes - these are running under Rosetta and consume more real time as a result. If there are any routine programs (or Widgets!) of this nature that you are running, you may wish to hunt for a Universal Binary equivalent. To check for PPC processes, fire up Activity Monitor and examine the My Processes display. The processor type (Intel or PPC) is shown in one of the rightmost columns of the My Processes display. If you find any PPC processes there, consider upgrading it a Universal Binary or replacing it with something else.

Next, make sure your Mac is running at peak efficiency by running Mac OS X's routine maintenance scripts. Macs are good, but they require a bit of "care and feeding" just like any other personal computer. My favorite routine maintenance program is the excellent freeware program OnyX. You can use OnyX to run all of the Mac OS X maintenance scripts, as well as clean up a variety of caches and logs. As a bonus, OnyX lets you tinker with a variety to system settings, allowing a degree of personalization of your OS X intall. You can download OnyX from:

http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs/english.html

Next, you may wish to check that you have enough free space on your hard drive. If your Mac is low on disk space, the file system will start to slow down, and you will notice that as an overall slowdown of the system. Highlight the Macintosh HD icon on your desktop, CTL-click it and select Get Info from the resulting menu. Make sure you have a reasonable amount of space left. If not, a little spring cleaning may be in order (or a larger hard drive!).

There are two excellent apps for showing where all of your hard disk space has gone, Disk Inventory X and WhatSize. Get them at:

Disk Inventory X: http://www.derlien.com

WhatSize: http://www.id-design.com/software/whatsize

Both do a great job at letting you zero in on your largest disk space consumers, so that you can hunt down any rogue files (and both are freeware, which is good). If you cannot afford to eliminate any of your files, you may simply need more space. Consider a larger hard drive, or the addition of an external hard drive. If you go for an external hard drive, you can move files off of your system drive and onto it, freeing space on your system drive and thus improving performance.

So, in summary then, take the following steps in order:
1/ Minimize the number of items in your Documents folder and on your desktop.
2/ Ensure that only truly necessary items are loaded as login items
3/ Ensure that your processor speed setting is full (applies to many Macs but not all)
4/ Search for processes that are consuming an unexpected amount of CPU
5/ For Intel Macs, check for PPC processes and potentially prune them out
6/ Do Onyx based full maintenance
7/ Check that you have sufficient available disk space

A final thought. If you routinely leave your web browser running when you are not using it, and have it open at a "busy" page like Mac-Forums, you will find that the Flash-based animated ads on the page consume a ridiculous amount of CPU time. If you want to leave your web browser loaded and running all the time, try pointing it a peaceful page like Google's basic search page - no ads, no unusual CPU consumption. This may help as well.

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Thanks Here's another question. Here's a pic of my iStat bar.

http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/att...1&d=1213591728

Those temperatures are way way way too low. I'm touching the bottom of my laptop right now and it's burning hot. Is there something wrong with my laptop?

edit: And what does battery health mean? I've seen it go from 82% to 81% tonight...

Those temperatures are in celsius by default. Those temps look about normal for a macbook to me.

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I have a MBP that's roughly 13 months old. I have 25 gigs of free space left on my 111GB hard drive. I'm pretty sure there are a bunch of applications/downloaded files hiding on my computer somewhere that I'd like to get rid of, as well as some other junk that I know nothing about. My laptop runs about 50% slower than it did when I first purchased it. For example, opening Safari now takes a few seconds whereas it used to be instant. Same with opening System Preferences. iChat lags when loading, and Microsoft Word takes way too long to open.

What do I do?? I miss the sexy NEW speed of my macbook pro Are there any programs I can run that will speed up my laptop?

Thanks in advance...


EDIT: Also, I have 2gb of RAM. Where can I get a good deal on a 4GB ram upgrade? I do a lot of photoshop and illustrator work and am under the impression this will help speed up those applications...
There are a couple of things you can do, and I just found out about it myself. Here's what you do.

First of all, download a program called Grand Perspective off the internet. It is free, and what it does is that it gives you an overview of what you have in your entire system. It reveals these files in the form of colorful boxes, with the bigger ones being bigger files and vice versa. What you need to do is to go to the files that you don't need anymore and delete them entirely. Of course, if you encounter any files that you are unsure of, don't delete them.

Next, you can try to delete the caches of your Safari to make things work faster. Just click on Safari, then go to "Empty Caches". It should empty the caches, but the catch is that you might have to re-enter usernames and passwords when you go to your e-mail or some forums, for example.

Next, follow the steps below:

1) Go to Finder.
2) Go to Macintosh HD.
3) Go to Library
4) Go to Caches
5) Delete everything you have inside.
6) Empty the Trash.

If a notice pops up and tells you that something cannot be deleted because it is in use, press "Continue" until everything else is erased. Then you drag the remaining files back into the cache.

Next, do the same thing.

1) Go to Finder.
2) Go to Macintosh HD.
3) Go to Systems.
4) Go to Library.
5) Go to Caches.

Do the same thing all over again. Remember to drag the undeleted files back into the caches.

The last cache you need to delete is under Users.

1) Go to Finder
2) Go to Macintosh HD.
3) Go to Users
4) Pick your name, or the name of your computer.
5) Go to Library
6) Go to Caches

Do the same thing all over again.

Clean up your applications as well, delete everything that you don't need. Also, delete those widgets that you don't need as well. That should free up some space. If you want to know how much space you have cleared, download iStat Pro from Apple.com. It is a widget, and it provides you with basic information like how much capacity you have left and stuff like that.

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