G4 loads too slowly!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by clashbakk8, Oct 16, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    When I turn my G4 on, it loads slower than usual. What do I need to do to fix it?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    maybe unplug the speakers. that's what my problem was.
  3. macrumors newbie

    tried that. it doesnt load any faster. it takes too long from turning on the computer to the user login screen
  4. macrumors 6502a


    It just started doing this? Did you recently add something new? Try repairing permissions.
  5. macrumors newbie

    nope its been doing this since somewhere in late-August/early-September
  6. macrumors 6502a


    What exactly is it? iMac? eMac? PowerMac?
  7. macrumors newbie

  8. dav
    macrumors 6502

    Is RAM an issue? How much RAM do you have?
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Have you done a permission repair recently? How about the maintenance scripts?
  10. macrumors newbie

    just did permission repair. fixed a few things. how do you access maintenance scripts?
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Normally the maintenance scripts run automatically during the middle of the night if the computer is left on. But, if you turn off the computer at night, you will need to go to macupdate.com and look for the program called "onyx". It allows you to run the scripts on command.
  12. Moderator emeritus

    Also, try macjanitor. Does the same thing...
  13. macrumors newbie

    I usually turn the computer off at night, but if I leave it on, will the scripts run while the computer is in sleep mode?
  14. Moderator emeritus

    Nope. That's why MacJanitor is useful.

    It's also quite possible that your hard-drive is fragmented and needs a good defragmenting session... you will need a 3rd party utility like TechTools Pro 4.

    Stay away from any version of Norton Utilities, otherwise a world of pain awaits you... (possibly :) )
  15. macrumors newbie

    RAM isnt a problem. um, I HAVE Norton on my computer, but will I need to turn stuff off?
  16. Moderator emeritus

    In future if you have a prob, it helps to post your model of Mac and it's operating system & any other tech details that you may feel is relevant.

    All of the below only counts if you have OSX, some of it OS 9.

    If I were you I would remove it.

    Norton Utilities has screwed up 2 of my hard-drives in the past, Norton Antivirus is a waste of time on a Mac and can lead to conflicts with other programs.

    Do a forum search on Norton Utilities to find out others' experiences with it.
    You won't find many complementary comments.

    You may not have to remove it. If you're running OS X, go to System Preferences, Accounts, Startup Items tab. See what apps you have there (these auto-start when you boot the Mac) if Norton or anything unwanted is there, except for Suitcase (if you have it) then deactivate it.

    If that fails trash it, especially if you have the original installation CD.
  17. macrumors 68040


    I've used Norton Utilities since version since version 2.0 (early 1990s..)
    It used to be a great program, but after OSX came around Norton hasn't managed to get a usable program. It's damaging to have Norton installed on OSX (yes this also includes the SystemWorksX 2 & 3 pacakges..)
    If you need a disk utility app, get DiskWarrior (or Drive10).
    OSX handles everything itself. Macjanitor and others only starts OSX own repair scripts..
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Why in Gods name would that make a difference?
  19. macrumors 6502a


    It was a problem for me because I think there is a short in the speaker jack on my iMac. I know it's not a problem for everyone, but I figured he could give it a shot.

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