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    Question How do I get my Mac to run faster?
    How do I get my iMac to run faster?
    Hey I have the latest iMac: intel core 2 duo generation 2.
    It is amazing, but I have noticed that the time to load the dashboard, time to load up the computer at startup, and time to load up after awakening it from sleep has gotten considerably slower. I researched this, and found something about deleting cache's.
    Please tell me how to make my iMac faster, and not loading up so slow.

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    What helped most for me was rebotting once a day. Something about the startup process...

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    1.) Download Onyx and clear caches etc.

    2.) Upgrade your memory.

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    I never understood clearing caches. Caches makes things faster. Why do we delete them?

    Get at least 2GB of Ram.
    Use DiskWarrior occassionally.
    Use the 'Stop Dashboard' widget.
    Disable Spotlight.

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    Here is my oft posted recipe for speeding up a Mac:

    First, check that your processor is running full speed. 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 - laptops do, and my certainly my PowerMac G5 tower does, but not all Macs do.

    Next, download OnyX and run the complete set of clean up and maintenance scripts and then evaluate again. Get OnyX at:

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

    Next, you may wish to check that you have enough free space on your hard drive. 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.

    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).

    Finally, 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.

    So, in summary then, take the following steps in order:
    1/ Start with ensuring that your processor speed setting is full (applies to many Macs but not all)
    2/ Then do Onyx based full maintenance
    3/ Then check that you have sufficient available disk space
    4/ Finally, search for processes that are consuming an unexpected amount of CPU
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    thanx! that really helped!

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    thanks Mac57,

    your tips is marvelous

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    Anyone know when/if Oynx will be available for Leopard

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    this is exactly what i was looking for as well.. thank you all and thanks NYSspinnerdan for starting the thread
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    what if there is no pop-up box when i go to system preferences -> energy saver.. to increase processor performance.. i clicked on options to, nothing there... ? im on mac ddesktop 1.4 tiger

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    My MacBook's startup and shutdown is also slowing down lately. I wonder what's wrong.

    Anyway, thanks to everyone for the tips. I'll try them and observe the outcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Del View Post
    Anyone know when/if Oynx will be available for Leopard
    The Beta supports Leopard and has for weeks. I have been using MainMenu for now as it's Leopard compatible. I am sure the final for Onyx will soon be out.

    Here is a URL for Onyx. They updated the Beta.

    http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs2/english/download.html

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    Recompile the kernel.

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