Maintaining an iMac G5?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mauly, May 23, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2003
    Manchester, England
    Have had my iMac G5 now for a week :) all is great!!!

    I'm just wondering if you guy's have any tips on maintaining a mac - for example: clearing all unwanted stuff thats been cought while on the net.. I now that my ex-pc went slow cos of this, is this still a problem for my mac.. Do we have to defrag!! etc etc

    Are there any onboard tests I can use, to find if all is well? or not!!

    Any tips (in general) are welcome - or a link to a past thread (i did look)
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    Well there are no virus' and spyware, but will still need to clear your cache. OS X automatically defrags for you.
    Maintainance would include repairing permissions. Applications>utilities>disk utility>repair permissions.
  3. macrumors 65816

    James Philp

    Mar 5, 2005
    Unless you notice something there's no need to tinker.
    OS X defrags all files under a certain size (i think it's under - might be over..)
    Either way, you'll be fine.
    Run a permissions repair every so often (after/before installations is good) from the Apps>Utilities>Disk Utility app.
    Leave your computer on now and again, OS X runs janitor apps during the night to keep things running like silk.
    Most people get by by this alone, no problems.
  4. macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    I like to run MacJanitor as well. This runs the UNIX maintenance scripts. This is all OS X based. It deletes the log files among other things. If you leave your Mac on 24/7 you won't need to use this utility.

    Here is a link to the program:
  5. macrumors 6502


    Feb 26, 2005
    Land of Cleve
    If you leave your Mac on at night but in sleep mode will it still maintain itself?
  6. macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    I do not believe it will. When its in sleep mode everything is not currently working. It would have to be on and awake in order for it to to the maintenance in the middle of the night. There is a way to change the time it does the maintenance scripts in the Terminal, but I can't remember how to do it off hand.
  7. macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
    I think it is only the RAM that has power then to keep everything as it was on wake-up ;)
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2005
    Little grey, chilly island.
    Thats right.

    Mac OS X seems to be to be virtually free of "tasks to do" to keep it ticking over. In fact, after switching from Windows, one of the things that I thought was an oversight on Apple's part was not to include to utilities such as defrag and scandisk!

    Shows you what effect a windows world has on you!

    Just get an application that does it for you. Somthing like Onyx or some of the others that people mention here will do the job. It takes only about 5 minutes to delete things like log files, and internet cache. Nothing big.

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