Do you have delay when using the keyboard volume buttons? (f3-f5)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by qtip919, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. qtip919 macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2002
    I am using a prev. gen (1.5ghz AL 15") powerbook and I have always noticed quite a bit of delay when using my keyboard controls for volume.

    What I mean by this is as follows:

    When I go to "up" the volume, I press F5, which does nothing for about half a sec, and then the on screen white visual controls come up. If I release the F5 button, the second I see the onscreen visual, the volume "meter" on the screen continues to increase even though I have let go of the key. Same for F4 (decrease)

    Does anyone else see this kind of delay? My sister's 1ghz powerbook does not behave this way despite my computer being much faster + more ram + Tiger, etc. etc.

    Any idea what would cause this?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Yeah, I've noticed it's a little less responsive in Tiger compared with Panther. Nothing to worry about though IMO. :)
  3. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2005
    Sometimes. I also sometimes experience a delay when changing the brightness of my iBook's screen, too.
  4. TheMonarch macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2005
    Bay Area
    Thats because the action is not stored in RAM, but the hard disk, so the OS has to 'look it up' before it knows what to do...

    Thats all... No worries...
  5. wattage macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2005
  6. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    ahhhh... makes sense...

    (yes, i've had the same issues sometimes- 20in 2.0 iMac G5)
  7. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004

    This happens on my Ai PB 1.25, but not on my Dual G4 or BW G3. It doesn't happens on my mom's G4 iBook either. Interesting issue that has been annoying me for 2 years.
  8. kretzy macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2004
    Canberra, Australia
    Yeah I've had this happen with the volume, brightness and BL-KB brightness adjustment keys on my PB. It seems to happen when I've got lots of apps open, a dvd playing or something javaish like Limewire open. It can be a bit annoying, but you just get used to it.
  9. qtip919 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2002
    Thanks for the inputs/response

    What I find annoying is how this behaviour is different on lower powered models and my g4 powerbook with tons o' ram is sluggish...

    I would classify this as a bug that needs to get fixed ;)
  10. qtip919 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2002
    I am wondering if this is an issue between os releases...

    which versions of OS X are on each of these machines?
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    My memory is that, even with Panther, for me, the action of this was initially pretty snappy, and then got worse over time. Maybe because I ramped up to using more software at a time? If I close all apps, then it's pretty quick. But I'm not even sure... if I close all apps, the first time I do it, there might still be a lag. I think the bezels are very nicely done...even though RAM is at a premium, it'd be nice if they were retained in memory so that they are snappy. :) Or better yet, if some ROM was assigned for them or something. :) Maybe the next gen Macs will have a gig or so of flash memory to keep goodies in! :D
  12. runninmac macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    Yep I have that with my iBook G4. Thats just one of my small anoynaces that I put up with instead of having to worry about my computer constantly crashing:p
  13. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England

    i wondered about that, thanks :)
  14. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    Thanks blaskillet. Little bits of info like that are really cool.

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