How To Speed Up A MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by meyer1131, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I am not saying they are slow machines, but what tips or applications or whatnot do you do to keep your macbook running fast and maybe faster than it was before?
     
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    Cave Man

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    RAM, RAM, RAM. And don't let your HD get beyond 80% capacity.
     
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    You forgot to mention RAM.
     
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    Get rid of the bottlenecks outside of the CPU.



    For example, RAM...
     
  5. McGiord, Mar 8, 2008
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    hop on a bullet train...:D

    maximize the RAM and depending on what you are doing if you put a higher speed HDD you could also increase the speed, many people say their experience is "snappier".
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    You could always add RAM. Also, always clean out your cache. The cleaner your machine is the better it will run.
     
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    How do you clean your cache?
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah and is their any other maintenence things?
     
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    yes keep doing good maintenance to your mac, i use onyx once a week or so, that usually keeps it pretty snappy, max out the Ram too...
     
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    Well, one way to get some more ram free is by using few widgets in dashboard. That is sometimes left forgotten.
     
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    If you're on a pre-SR Macbook, use Tiger instead of Leopard.
     
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    I disagree. I find Leopard snappier on my pre-SR MB.
     
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    Besides RAM, and that's first. A bigger/newer/faster Hard Drive helps enormously. It can significantly extend the useful life of any computer not just notebooks. Hard drives are the slowest part of any computer.



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    In Safari, I presume? ;)
     
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    Well, i use scrubbing bubbles on my keyboard....speeds it up!
     
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    MainMenu! :)
     
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    so do i, i am running leopard on a pre-SR macbook and i agree at the beginning it dnd t feel as fast as with tiger, but now it's wayyyy faster...
     
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    I will say I am twice as fast now...


    A) safari only bounces 1 time instead of 2 :eek::eek:


    B) Start up speed was the same though. :confused:

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    I would also recommend MainMenu - very cool app.
     
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    no one seems to have mentioned a faster Hard Drive, so

    A faster Hard Drive :)
     
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    Speed holes! :p

    No, seriously, more RAM is the way to go - especially when dealing with newer operating systems like Leopard and particularly Vista (hint: use XP instead). These days RAM is incredibly cheap.

    Faster harddrive, as mentioned, is another route although not as much "bang for the buck" like RAM. And lastly, make sure you've got enough free space for virtual memory.

    There, everything needs a good repeat! ;)
     
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    An obvious tip: Make sure you're not running too many apps at the same time.

    For newbies and switchers, closing a window does not always quit the app. Check your Dock to see running lights at the bottom of apps that are running. Ctrl+click (right click) them and choose 'Quit' to exit the app.
     
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    Maxed-up RAM and it may be snappier, but slower for sure

    Got a 2.0GHz Black MacBook. It only had 1G RAM when I bought it, but I always thought it was a pretty snappy machine altogether. Then I installed Leopard and it was running very smoothly so I was happy.

    I decided to keep the macbook instead of jumping to another powerbook but Core 2 Duo. I also decided to max-out the RAM. Which I did last week, also a week after Apple had installed a new 100GB hard drive for me.

    Anyhow, I think something's just not right. I'm still running Leopard but I cannot really tell if the computer is indeed faster than when it had only 1GB RAM. But man does it take longer to load pages in Safari, if they load at all, and it's so slow too to open some applications. And certainly slower using Mail.

    On the other hand, often it seem so much faster. It goes from off-black screen to Leopard wallpaper in seconds--it's truly amazing. But then it takes SO long to load the menu bar!!!!

    I Believe my PowerBook is slower after the RAM upgrade. Is this happening around? Any ideas, suggestions?

    PontoEuxino
     

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