A Cooler 'Book...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Snowy_River, Jul 29, 2003.

  1. macrumors 68030

    Snowy_River

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    Location:
    Corvallis, OR
    #1
    Well, I had a pleasant surprise, and I just thought that I'd share it with everyone.

    Last night I ran System Optimizer X, running both the optimizer and the system cleaner. Then, lo and behold, after restarting my system, my PowerBook started running much cooler than it had been. The fan wasn't running as often, and my wrist wasn't getting as hot sitting on the wrist rest.

    I must say, I am fairly impressed by this. Maybe I should do system maintenance more often? :p
     
  2. macrumors 65816

    idea_hamster

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    Location:
    NYC, or thereabouts
    #2
    Is System Optimizer X a third-party piece of software?

    What does it do?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 68030

    Snowy_River

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    Location:
    Corvallis, OR
    #3
    Yes, it's third party software. Here's a link to their website...

    http://www.mkd.cc/sox/

    (I could quote from their site and documentation about what it does, but I figure that it's just as easy for you to go there and read it.)
     
  4. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2001
    Location:
    VA
    #4
    Sounds good - I'll give it a try on my PB and see what happens. Thanks for the tip :D

    D
     
  5. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2003
    Location:
    Berkeley, CA
    #5
    What model of PB are you using? (12? 15? 17?) I know the 12 has major heat issues, but is it even a big deal with the other two?
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 68030

    Snowy_River

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    Location:
    Corvallis, OR
    #6
    Mine is a 12" PB. I wouldn't say that it has "major" heat problems. Not really any worse than the heat issues I've experienced with a friend's 15 TiBook. (Granted, my old iBook ran significantly cooler, but my 200MHz PB3400 was just about as hot.) However, this optimization has really helped, except when I get into some serious software that really puts high demands on the processor. (i.e. 3D solid modeling CAD work....)
     
  7. macrumors 68000

    tjwett

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NYC
    #7
    Re: A Cooler 'Book...

    could you tell us what settings you used in this application? i would really like to get some relief from the heat on my 12" PowerBook as well. i'd like to run it with the same exact settings you used and see if it helps. thanks.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 68030

    Snowy_River

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    Location:
    Corvallis, OR
    #8
    Re: Re: A Cooler 'Book...

    Okay, here's what I did...

    First, I set Window Buffer Compression, under 'Memory' to enabled. Then I did a system maintenance, with all of 'Daily', 'Weekly', and 'Monthly' checked. Finally, once the maintenance was done, I ran the optimization. Then restarted, and since then I've been running cooler, and 'snappier'. :p
     
  9. macrumors 68000

    tjwett

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NYC
    #9
    Re: Re: Re: A Cooler 'Book...

    thanks alot! i'm gonna try these out and see what happens. i hope i get the same results you are. thanks again.
     
  10. macrumors 65816

    maradong

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2003
    Location:
    Luxembourg
    #10
    thx for the tip.
    gonna test it the weekend and give some feedback
     
  11. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2003
    #11
    Does this program perform the maintenance Mac OS does during the night times?
     
  12. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2003
    Location:
    US, Asia, Europe....Everywhere
    #12
    You mentioned CAD work on your 12" PB. I just bought a 12" PB as well (in fact I just ditched the demon from Redmond). I am a little concerned, however, with the 12" being a little under powered when I run Adobe InDesign. I only have 256megs of ram though. Would the performance improve significantly if I max out the ram? I'll off course try the 3rd party app on the system as well;)
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 68030

    Snowy_River

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2002
    Location:
    Corvallis, OR
    #13
    Well, I can only tell you that I have my RAM maxed out at 640MB (though I've heard rumors that a new 1GB chip that is compatible with the 12" may be coming, thus raising the max to 1.1GB). I don't have much difficulty with my CAD work, either.
     

Share This Page