My Powerbook G4 is getting slow...

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Tommyg117, Jun 30, 2006.

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    Tommyg117

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    I have had a G4 Powerbook for about 2 years now. It has been nothing but amazing until recently, it has been moving really slow. It has an 80 gb hd and it says I have 16 gb left, so I think I have plenty of room. I have 1.5 gb of memory as well so I do not think that is the problem. Is there any way to speed this thing back up to how it was the day I got it aside from deleting all my music (40 gb) and other stuff?
     
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    yellow

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    Please fully definte "moving really slow".. that doesn't mean a whole lot to us.
     
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    Tommyg117

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    It just takes a significantly larger amount of time to load programs and also the software update that I just installed took A LOT longer than it ever has before and it was less stuff to download than other times. I recognize that the second example is probably because of internet connection and not the computer though. Still, any help is appreciated. Is there any sort of cleaning or maintinance that should be done every once in a while?
     
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    yellow

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    Well, you have plenty of disk space.

    You never mentioned which version of OS X you were running. Knowing that will let us know what "maintenance" needs to be done (if any).

    As a troubleshooting measure, you should try logging in as another user (create one if you need to) and doing similar tasks you know are "slow". Does the slowness effect that user as well, or is the "slowness" restricted to your normal user?
     
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    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Get OnyX or MainMenu (my favourite) and run through the different maintenance tasks.
     
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    Tommyg117

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    I have MacOSX Tiger 10.4.7. What do those programs do?
     
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    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Just as the websites says: Maintenance, cleaning, personalization (just OnyX) and optimization.
     
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    I use Onyx on mine, and it seems to pep things up.
     

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