Dual g5 way slower than powerbook? WTF?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PCM, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. PCM macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I'm desperately trying to figure out why my dual 1.8 g5 with SATA drives and 2GB RAM is noticeably slower than my mom's powerbook 1.5 g4 with 512 RAM. Both are running most recent versions Tiger.

    My g5 has two drives... an 80GB SATA and 250 gig SATA. Everything runs fairly slowly compared to the powerbook and i often have to wait a bit to see the contents of a folder (as if the HD is waiting).

    Why might my system be so unresponsive? I run Onyx fairly often.

    Thanks
     
  2. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    I can't say I really have any ideas, but something certainly isn't right. I have a dual 1.8 and a 1.33 GHz PowerBook (see signature) and the G5 is VERY much faster than the PB both for intensive tasks and as far as general snappiness and Finder responsiveness goes.
     
  3. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    First thing I would do is reformat and clean install Tiger on the G5. Will bring it back to "factory fresh" like when you first got it.
     
  4. risc macrumors 68030

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  5. TheMasin9 macrumors 6502a

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    power prefs

    i think there is a pref thing that lets you turn on or off harddisk sleeping...
     
  6. risc macrumors 68030

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    Yep and if you had of read my link to another post I made (I can't be bothered explaining it constantly) I explain how this option only stops the drives sleeping for 3 hours, it doesn't actually stop the drives sleeping.
     
  7. HiRez macrumors 603

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    Any idea if this is still the case when you have two internal drives in a software RAID array in a G5?
     
  8. risc macrumors 68030

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    The only times I've noticed the system locking up with the beach ball of death is when the 2nd drive (internal or external) has gone to sleep, usually you'll find finder stops responding while the 2nd drive spins back up. Since RAID works both drives as a single drive it shouldn't be a problem at all, unless you have a 3rd external drive which isn't part of your array. OS X is always accessing the root drive so it shouldn't really have time to enter power saving mode.
     
  9. PCM thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes thanks folks that did the trick. I would have gone crazy if I had to do a clean install again (that would be twice).
     

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