how i can i make my mac mini snappier

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by manutd, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

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    My mac mini is not slow in general use however in terms of graphical parts of the OSX like magnification on the dock, and when i press F9 its slow however after i press it F9 a couple of times it goes back to normal speed. im guessing that some sort of defragmentation of the hard drive would help, as when i first got my mac it was faster with graphics. also going through albums in Itunes in the flip views is slow and jerky at first, but after a few times going through my albums the graphics get smoother.

    Are their any programs out for mac that make macs faster, something that is equivelant to ccleaner for windows, as ccleaner usually makes windows snappier by fixing the registry and cleaning up useless files

    spec- mac mini 1.8ghz 1gb ram

    edit- sorry for crappy grammer in my title.
     
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    mkrishnan

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    I have a couple of questions....

    1) How many apps are you running at the same time? How many widgets are in your dashboard?

    2) Is the processor performance set to Highest in System Preferences -> power / energy setttings?

    3) Open Activity Monitor, which is in your utilities folder. At the bottom of the memory pane, there should be two numbers listed as page-ins and page-outs, next to the pie chart. What is the page-out number? When you provide this, also open terminal and type in "uptime" and get from that how long exactly your computer has been booted.
     
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    (1) around 2-3 apps, the default 4-5 widgets but i never use the widgets
    (2)? i can only find energy saver in system prefrences
    (3)pageout- 25, uptime
    13:49 up 3:52, 2 users, load averages: 0.36 0.31 0.27

    bootime is quite fast and so is general use, its that during the graphical parts of osx it can be slow and jerky to begin with, however after a couple of times going through those graphical processes it speeds and gets smooth
     
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    ero87

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    wow 25 pageouts is very small! that's excellent.

    I guess some of the graphics slowdown can be attributed to the Mini's lack of dedicated graphics, but that'd be pretty disappointing if this wer the case. and you have enough RAM... I'm a little stumped :confused:
     
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    intel graphics are pretty rubbish but when i first got my mac mini it was snappier, iv tried this app called maintainace, but it didnt really help
     
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    mkrishnan

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    Mmmm, okay. So running out of memory doesn't appear to be an issue, although your computer has only been on for a few hours. It sounds like you turn off your computer fairly frequently and reboot it? And that things are snappier after the first time you do them? I would play around with putting your computer to sleep instead of turning it off constantly... perhaps just reboot it once a week or so. (That's still quite often to me, but we have to start somewhere! ;) ). See if that helps things feel a little snappier. If you don't use those four or five default widgets, close them (hold the option key and mouse over them, and then click on the X).
     
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    will give your advice a go, cheers
     
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    ero87

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    ohh good call mkrishnan! That's true, everything (especially spotlight/dashboard) is slower the first time you use it. Leave your computer on! I never shut off my iMac.

    Also, what a great tip- holding option closes dashboard widgets! I learn so much at MacRumors... :)
     
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    I'mAMac

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    Where does it say this about processor performance? In my system prefs there is only energy saver.:confused:
     
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    mkrishnan

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    Energy Saver -> Options Tab -> Processor Performance (try setting it to Highest).
     

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