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Hi..I have a 27" quad core i5 mac, and been very happy with it, and the learning curve hasn't been steep, either....

but latley, I have noticed a very dramatic slowdown in the way it opens applications, and that beach ball seems to be spinning a lot longer than it has before...also, very sluggish to move the mouse pointer on web/productivity pages, and when loading photographs into photoshop, the images seem to take literally MINUTES to render..

what gives, and how come a seemingly powerful computer is behaving this way? I migrated from windows to avoid this sort of issue..

FWIW, I have updated all the latest software updates.

are there any performance monitoring tools for a mac and is there anything that i can do to make it speed up like it was before? any software i can use to remove clutter like you can on windows etc?

all help appreciated!
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Yea blue there is. Have a look at MainMenu or Oynx.

These will both go deeper than the root level, and clean caches as well. A lot deeper than Disk Utility. You can set them up how you want as well.

And these links are both for the free versions ...


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Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
Other things I would look at:

How many apps tend to be open (not necessarily active) at the same time? I've noticed a lot of windows switchers tend to just close the WINDOW of an app, not the app itself. This has an effect on performance, since it uses up RAM.

How much RAM do you have on this machine anyway?

Also, how much free space is left on the HD?
I think that's key right there. HFS+, ext3, ext4 are immune to fragmentation, but they are susceptible to slowing down when the drive is over 75/85% full.
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