Dashboard is sloooow

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bursty, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. bursty macrumors 6502a

    bursty

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    #1
    Every once in a while, when I hit F12 for Dashboard, it literally takes 20 seconds until it pops up. Why does it take so damn long? Like its shutting down Dashboard then totally relaunching it. Everything else is fast as lightning. Just dont get it :confused:

    BTW- 15" PB. Specs are in the sig.

    Thanks
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    As you only have 51Mb of RAM it's likely that Dashboard and all of the Widget processes have been paged out of RAM. If you get more RAM Dashboard (and the rest of your machine) will be much faster.

    I have a 1.25Ghz 15" as well and have found that 1.5Gb is a comfortable amount of RAM.
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    If possible, try to upgrade the RAM to 1GB plus. Dashboard is a notorious RAM hog and 512MB is sometimes (obviously) not enough. :)

    Also, deleting some of the widgets (or not making them active) should speed things up a little. But RAM will make the biggest difference.
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Great minds think alike :) (and post at the same time)
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Great minds indeed. :D

    Oh, but I concede, you beat me. :p
     
  6. beige matchbox macrumors 6502a

    beige matchbox

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    Yup, more ram :)

    When i got my powerbook i ran with the stock 512Mb for a week or so, and the dash did indeed take a long time to load if it was inactive for more than a few minutes. Now i have 1.5Gb and the dash, as well as everything else i use are working as smooth as you could ever want :D
     
  7. bursty thread starter macrumors 6502a

    bursty

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    Damn. I was hoping for a cheaper fix :) Looks like a 1GB stick will be here shortly. Thanks for the replies
     
  8. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    There, there how will you survive with more ram :p

    You should see a notable increase in speed, not just dashboard. Enjoy
     

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